UK 2013-14 WINTER STORMS - SOMERSET LEVELS

When?
December 2013 - February 2014
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Causes
- Tidal waves. - Flood plane. - 2 rivers either side caused flooding. - Extreme amounts of rain (54% more rainfall than average in Dec. 2013). - Impermeable surfaces. - Relief (hills either side - water comes off hills). - Rivers not being dredged.
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Social impacts
- Motorists/cars stuck in floods. - 600+ homes flooded - people left homeless. - Residents cut from supplies. - No supply of energy in houses. - Standing water made ground toxic - increased risk of poison in food chains.
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Economic impacts
- Large areas of farmland lost. - Farmers lost 11,500 hectares of farmland to 65 million cubic metres of water. - Dredging to cost £100 billion over 20yrs. - Crops damaged. - costs of replacing houses and roads.
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Immediate responses
- Fire crew called out for rescue related emergencies. - RSPCA lead a rescue of cattle and horses from farms. - Emergency accommodation set up. - Water pumped out by large pumps. - Urged villagers to evacuate. - Sandbags placed around homes.
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Long term responses
- Rivers to be dredged when all water has been pumped out. - Organisations+residents to develop a management plan. - Build a tidal barrier at Bridgewater. - Roads to be raised above fields. - Pumps placed around Somerset. - £100 billion over 20yrs.
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Causes

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- Tidal waves. - Flood plane. - 2 rivers either side caused flooding. - Extreme amounts of rain (54% more rainfall than average in Dec. 2013). - Impermeable surfaces. - Relief (hills either side - water comes off hills). - Rivers not being dredged.

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Social impacts

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Economic impacts

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Immediate responses

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