Case study - Boscastle

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Boscastle - 2004

location of river

  • Cornwall south east England
  • At the confluence of three rivers 
  • drainage basin has very high slopes - increases surface runoff
  • Idyllic views 
  • tourist destination 


  • Days of rain so the ground was saturated 
  • High tides
  • small drainage basin
  • reduction in trees
  • bridges
  • clearing vegetation for buildings


  • 25 businesses destroyed 
  • 50 buildings flood damaged
  • Massive effect on economy as 90% of income was through tourists who stopped going 
  • Insurance companies had to pay out 
  • Damage £15 million
  • Many people and tourists were traumatised by the event and suffered increased levels of stress




check the causes again.

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