Saturday, 16 August 2014

10 years after Boscastle

Ten years ago today, an intense storm occurred over the slopes of Exmoor above the town of Boscastle on the Cornish coast.
It had been wet previously, and the rain fell on saturated ground. The steep slopes funnelled the water down towards the small town on the coast.

The results are described in this Met Office analysis ten years on...
It remains a popular case study as remarkably no-one was killed in the incident, thanks to the bravery of the emergency services.

I bought a copy of the Western Morning News today as I happen to be in the SW, and there's a special feature on the flooding...


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