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Natural flood management Measures might include using small barriers in ditches and fields, or notches cut into embankments, to divert the water into open land. Letting pools form outside the main channel of a river means the water is temporarily removed from the main flow – reducing the power of the floodwaters.
Raising the car park and using a permeable surface – this allowed cars to be much higher and so they were less likely to be swept away. Tree management – dead trees were removed to prevent them being swept away, causing blockages under bridges. Land owners were encouraged to maintain vegetation and plant new trees.
The responses have involved both hard and soft engineering. Helicopters rescued people from trees and roof tops. Buildings were searched. Cars, which had been swept away, were removed from the harbour.
The Environment Agency carried out a major project to increase flood defences in Boscastle, so as to prevent a similar flood happening again, or at least reduce the severity of impacts.
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Banbury has suffered persistent damage from flooding due to the incapacity of the River Cherwell to convey excess surface run- off. The Environment Agency’s design concept proposed that flow control structures should throttle the river flows to 38m3/s and impound the additional floodwater in the reservoir.
Trees remove water from the catchment area leading to a significant reduction in pressure on drainage systems in urban areas and a reduction in flood risk in rural areas by absorbing runoff from roads and agricultural areas.
the loss of 50 cars. damage to homes, businesses and land. a loss of tourism, a major source of income for the area.
The two tanks release water slowly, reducing the risk of flooding. Within the town, low walls and earth embankments have been built to protect buildings and an 850m (half-mile) section of the A361 has been raised and culverts installed underneath.
What was the management strategy? In 2008 a flood management scheme for Boscastle was completed. The solution included both soft and hard engineering strategies. The Environment Agency has made a considerable investment in flood defences in Boscastle to help prevent a similar flood happening in the future.
Boscastle car park has been raised in height, which will stop the river from bursting its banks so easily. New drains allow water to run into the lower section of the river quickly. The river channel has been made deeper and wider so that it can accommodate more water.
The Environment Agency has made a considerable investment in flood defences in Boscastle to help prevent a similar flood happening in the future. Working with professional partners, more than £10 million of improvements were carried out.
The ground was already saturated due to above average rainfall during the previous two weeks. Combined with this the drainage basin has many steep slopes and there are areas of impermeable slate that led to rapid run-off. Boscastle is at the confluence (where tributaries meet) of three rivers – Valency, Jordan, and Paradise.