Case Study - Boscastle Floods


Severe Flash Floods showed the need for Flood Defences in Boscastle

  • Villaege of Boscastle on the north coast of Cornwall was devasted by a flash flood on 16th August 2004
  • The village was surrounded by steep valley sides cleared of vegetation which increases runoff and during periods of heavy rain, discharge increases quickly
  • The old bridge in the village had a low arch - vehicles became trapped and formed a dam
  • 90% of income is from tourism, and after 2004 the number of visitors dropped significantly

A Flood Management Scheme is now in place

  • The old bridge has…


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