Updated July 2007
Environment Agency's new FLOOD MAPS are now available. Enter your postcode and see what the RISK OF FLOODING is around your property, or check out other locations. Use a POSTCODE FINDER to locate places: some offer free searches each day rather than having to register. Below is an image of the area around the school where I teach. Oops.
York is a city which is often hit by flooding. The YORKSHIRE POST has good coverage of local flooding and can be 'read' online - very useful for ex-pat Tykes like myself. 'You can always tell a Yorkshireman . . . but you can't tell him much.' This has been added to with other materials. There are more PICTURES of flooding in 1999 in North Yorkshire here.
If your house has been flooded, it might be worth following the advice about what to do BEFORE YOU MOVE BACK IN. Once you've been flooded, there's also an excellent site on REPAIR AND RESTORATION here to give advice on getting your house back to the way it was before the floodwater arrived. It's difficult to get across to the students that a flood brings a lot more into your house than just water. I have a video called 'Floods of tears' on the 1998 Easter floods which is quite effective for this purpose.
The King's Arms in York is a frequent victim of any rise, and the landlord is well used to it. A load of photos on flooding in York are available from the BOOTHAM school site, a school which is situated in York. They also have an excellent GA lecture available - see below..
York and Pickering were also hit by flooding in August 2002 following some very high rainfall figures which in some places provided more than a month's worth of rain in less than 24 hours. I was in North Yorkshire at the time, and my new YORK FLOODING page has details on the August 2002 flooding, including some pictures of the clean up outside the King's Arms. Now with some updated links (September 2003)
Some FLOODS 2000 stuff here. Demountable flood barriers have been trialled at Bewdley: a place affected by flooding last year. These have been used in the Netherlands for many years.
Not UK, not 2000, but a good site on the CORBIERES FLOODS in France here. Some 'good' pictures of the flood damage.
Some useful information on RIVER FIELDWORK from a Blackpool school here.
Go to the Bootham school site and look at the excellent online lecture by Hydrologist Mike Stokes. The lecture is one given to the local GA association and has some excellent maps, photos and text which could be made into a useful lesson with a bit of adaptation, or you could produce a question sheet to use with it. Go HERE for the index of slides. Recommended.
For images of Shrewsbury being flooded by the River Severn in November 2000, go HERE. You can use them in your project or website as long as you credit the webmaster of the site, and there are some good pictures on several pages to use. The name of the JPG gives a clue as to its subject matter. Another gallery of photos is to be found on the SHROPSHIRE site.
Flooding in PRAGUE also hit the news in August 2002. The worst floods in a century caused thousands of people to flee their homes. The floods were recorded as they happened at 2 sources in particular:
PRAGUE DAILY and RADIO PRAGUE.
Let's hope the Staropramen brewery escapes. The BBC have a whole series of reports on their news site, which has recently been rearranged.
Check the new floodplain risk maps on the floodplain section of the ENVIRONMENT AGENCY site. They can tell you whether your home is at risk from river or tidal flooding. (See also the image at the top of the page....) They also produce a rather nice little booklet called 'Flood Products': Using flood protection products - a guide for homeowners. There is a growing market for these products. It's produced in association with CIRIA.
In September 2001 (and possibly again since then), a number of households in King's Lynn received a special letter. I have a copy of one, and it's a thin laminated plastic sheet complete with a hole at the top so that it can be hung up somewhere as a reminder. There was no envelope, and a Royal Mail franking mark on the top.
The letter said:
This is a waterproof letter. It has come through your letterbox because the Environment Agency has identified that your home is in an area at risk from flooding."
It then went on to describe the need for a flood plan to prepare the household for the eventuality of a flood. These came under a series of headings:
How can water enter your house ? How can you stop this happening ?
Remarkably, the floods of the 16th of August claimed no lives. A 3m wall of water forced its way through the village causing tremendous damage running into millions of pounds. This incident may well become the 'new Lynmouth' as regards GCSE etc. case studies. Of course the incident which 'grabs' the pupils is the one which is best, even if it's perhaps not the most recent. A number of websites have already proved themselves useful resources. A search in the archives of all the major news sites should also produce a range of resources.
Laurie H has some useful PICTURES already available.
Try the SOUTH WEST 999 site for more information from the emergency crews who attended the scene. There are a series of pages which show the scene as the crews began to arrive, and the
BOSCASTLE CORNWALL has some useful images and information.
THIS IS CORNWALL is a local site which has links to 70 articles in the local paper. Local papers and news sections of the BBC are a useful place to find local resources.
A book has now been published by WILLOW PRESS. It's available online at £4.99 (+ £2.50 p&p) - also a special issue of the Meteorology magazine was published.
The MET OFFICE have also published information relating to the statistics of the rainfall that night on their site HERE.
BOSCASTLE information also available at the RGS GEOGRAPHY IN THE NEWS.
It is also the subject of a sample issue of KEYFILE, which was available from the GEO PROJECTS site for a time. Why not subscribe ?
A superb COSTING THE EARTH programme broadcast on Radio 4. Thanks to the excellent listen again feature I managed to catch this programme, and it may still be on the website if you check. On the same day I also caught the excellent 'Christmas in Boscastle' on BBC News 24.
Various excellent information extracted from the programme:
You could probably produce something similar for the particular flood event you want to use as your case study.
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