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UK Flooding

Posted by feww on November 20, 2009

Human Induced Planetary Antiphase Events

UK Flooding: Military Helicopters Rescue Hundreds Trapped in Homes

Military helicopters were used to rescue hundreds of people after torrential rain triggered extensive flooding to Cockermouth, Cumbria, the UK.

The raging River Kent, Kendal, Cumbria, UK. Photo: A. Stephenson. Image source: BBC readers photos. Image may be subject to copyright.

Cumbria fire and rescue workers check flooded roads in Keswick after River Greta burst its banks. Photo: PA. Image may be subject to copyright.

Location Map of Keswick and Cockermouth, Cumbria, UK. Original Map from Google Maps. Image may be subject to copyright. Image Enhanced by FEWW.

Heavy rain reportedly battered northern England, northwestern Wales and western Scotland last night.

The village of Seathwaite in Cumbria recorded 173mm (6.8in) of rain in 24 hours, according to the UK Met Office, wich also forecast an additional 150mm (5.9in ) for the Lake District by noon Friday.

UK’s Environment Agency had issued 6 severe flood warnings, 25 flood warnings and 51 less serious flood watches for Cumbria alone.

Several other regions  in northwestern Wales, as well as  in Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland, also reported flooding.

The effects of  the extreme rain event were worsened by severe gales and wind gusts of 100 – 120km/h (65- 75mp) in the coastal areas and hurricane strength wind gusts of up to 153 km/h (95mph) in the mountainous regions.

Our colleagues at EDRO estimate that climate change could directly affect about half the population in the UK  in the next 3 to 5 years.

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  7. feww said

    Minister warns of new UK flood threat
    Mon Nov 23, 2009 12:04pm EST
    LONDON (Reuters) – Heavy rain could bring more flooding to parts of northern England still struggling to cope with the damage caused by last week’s unprecedented storms, Environment Secretary Hilary Benn said on Monday.

    In an emergency statement to parliament, Benn said people in Cumbria, which was lashed by the heaviest downpours on record, should be prepared for more flooding.

    “Further heavy rain is forecast overnight and there may be some further flooding,” he said.

    Three people have been killed and a fourth is missing after the unprecedented downpours, he added.

    About 1,300 properties were flooded in Cumbria, more than 1,000 lost electricity and 12,000 lost their phone lines, he added. Six bridges have collapsed due to the force of the water.


    The Met Office said parts of Cumbria and the Scottish borders could see 50 mm to 74 mm of rain by Wednesday morning, with wind gusting at up to 65 mph. Up to 100 cm of rain could fall on the Cumbrian fells.


  8. feww said

    Record flooding hits northwest England
    LONDON, Nov. 20 (UPI) — Record rain and flooding in northwest England killed a police officer Friday when a bridge collapsed beneath him as he directed drivers away from it.

    Bill Barker’s body was found hours later about 10 miles from the Northside Bridge in Workington, The Independent reported. Barker, who had been with the Cumbria police for 25 years, would have celebrated his 45th birthday Saturday.

    Meteorologists said the Lake District, an area of mountains, hills and fast-flowing rivers, got just over a foot of rain between Thursday morning and Friday morning. The area was hit by devastating floods in 2005, but officials said Friday’s flooding was even worse.

    Cockermouth, an old market town on the northwest edge of the Lake District where two rivers come together, was hit especially hard.

    “It’s going to take the town years to recover from this,” Pete Marston, a resident of Cockermouth, said.

    The rainfall, 12.3 inches, was the largest amount ever recorded in Britain, breaking a 1955 record of 11 inches in Devon. Environment Secretary Hilary Benn called the storm a “one-in-1,000” event and warning flood controls designed to cope with hundred-year storms would give way.

    Four bridges collapsed and a number of main roads became impassable because of flooding. About 200 people had to be evacuated, including 50 taken out by helicopter.

    Flooding was also reported in northwest Wales and southwest Scotland.
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