Case study- Cumbria 2009

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GEOGRAPHY OF AREA

County of Cumbria, home to the Lake District national park- so no stranger to wet weather. This central region os mountainous and has three of the highest peaks in England, with countless streams and rivers. River Derwent rises below Scafell Pike, Englands highest peak, running through Borrowdale into Derwentwater lake. The lake is fed by many streams adding to the vast volume of water. Flows out, meeting with the Cocker River through Cockermouth. 

BEFORE THE FLOOD

In January 2005, city of Carlisle and surrounding areas were hit by by a flood. One-in-100-year.Thought another flood wouldnt hit for a long time. This time the city survived the flood and there was a massive investment in flood defences which were put in place over te 4 years.

In 2009,  One-in-1000-year storm. confluence of 3 rivers, carrying a months worth of rain in 24 hours. The town Cockermouth tok the brunt of the flooding.

DURING THE FLOOD

THE WEATHER

13th-14th November 2009. Heavy depression developed over Atlantic ocean, to the SW of Ireland, which moved NE, bringing heavy rain and wind speeds of 65mph-90mph to the coast. Saturated land, to extent of not being able to hold anymore water. 

18-20th November- depression moved over NW England. heavy rains and lighter winds with 314

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