Tewksbury Case Study- Geography

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Title of case study: The Tewkesbury floods of 2007
Level of development: a country at a further stage of development Location:to include a map where relevant

 
Date/s: 20-27 Jul 2007

 
Cause/s: · Tewkesbury is vulnerable to flood events due to its geographical location with two sizeable rivers, the Severn and the Avon, meeting in the town which both overflowed

· The summer of 2007 in England and Wales was the wettest since records began in 1766 due to a low pressure system over the UK, with an extreme event on July 20th, see Figure 12.   
Impacts – short term: 13 people died, hundreds were stranded, SOME OF THE WORST FLOODING EVER RECORDED IN BRITAIN

Impacts – long term: · Flooding cost local councils £140 million  Agriculture sector severely affected and where floodwater contained sewage crops had to be destroyed

Response:
Troops were sent to help the civilians on 24 Jul 2007
These are the major developments from the flooded regions:

A search was launched for a teenager missing since the height of the floods. Mitchell Taylor, 19, from Tewkesbury, who had been reported missing, last seen leaving a bar.

The Queen sent a message of support to those affected by the floods, saying she was "shocked and deeply concerned" by the devastation. Up to one million people in central and western England have been affected by the floods. The British Red Cross announced the launch of a national appeal to raise money for flood victims. The charity has set up a telephone hotline and donations can be made via its website. The appeal raised £300,000 in its first hour.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown paid tribute to those involved in the emergency relief effort and indicated that some of them could expect to be rewarded with honours. He also pledged a further £10 million to help battle the floods. Up to 350,000 people in Gloucestershire could be without running water for up to two weeks, and it could be a year before some evacuated families are able...
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