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How many people were rescued in the Boscastle flood?

How many people were rescued in the Boscastle flood?

100 people
These were on the scene within 40 minutes and 100 people were rescued; Cornwall Air Ambulance was also present and was joined by a Sea King from RAF St Mawgan and an S-61 from Portland.

What were the human causes of the Boscastle flood 2004?

Human Causes A lack of flood protection and old, small drainage systems which were insufficient to cope with the flow. Trees and vehicles blocked the river channel, particularly under a bridge in the centre of Boscastle, see Figure 6, which led to the river bursting its banks and further flooding in nearby properties.

Why was the flood in Boscastle so bad?

Very heavy rain fell in storms close to the village, causing two rivers to burst their banks. About two billion litres of water then rushed down the valley straight into Boscastle. Residents had little time to react. Cars were swept out to sea, buildings were badly damaged and people had to act quickly to survive.

How many people were evacuated from Boscastle in 2004?

A torrent of water ten feet high surged through the village when around two and a half inches of rain fell in just two hours. Hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes, and people had to be rescued from roofs, trees, and vehicles. There were dozens of tourists visiting the picturesque resort at the time.

How much rain did Boscastle get in two hours?

Fortunately, nobody died – thanks largely to a huge rescue operation involving helicopters – but there was millions of pounds worth of damage. On the day of the flood, about 75mm of rain fell in two hours – the same amount that normally falls in the whole of August.

Why did the valency overflow in Boscastle?

Both overflowed, and this caused a sudden rush of water to speed down the Valency – which runs through the middle of Boscastle. Floodwater gushed into houses, shops and pubs. Cars, walls and even bridges were washed away. The church was filled with six feet of mud and water. Trees were uprooted and swept into peoples’ gardens.