On 16 Augusta devastating flood swept through the small Cornish village of Boscastle. Floods devastate village Very heavy rain fell in storms close to the village, causing two rivers to burst their banks.
Yet, despite the devastation, many villagers now see it as a good thing. About people were airlifted to safety after the flash flood hit the Cornish village on 16 August Margaret Templar was among the first people airlifted from the Bridge Walk row of shops.
We had to get washed off the map to get put on the map Tim Irving Little, Former coastguard Standing opposite the roof from where she was airlifted, she said: We were in a surreal situation.
I didn't click how dangerous it was until afterwards. They were among a total of 55 people, along with the family dog Izzy, to be pulled to safety by an RAF helicopter that day.
Mrs Templar and her husband run the Riverside Hotel, which was flooded on the first floor to a depth of about half a metre 2ft. The main bridge in the village, next to the hotel, had become blocked by debris from the River Valency. And, when the wall of water, sparked by a freak rainstorm on higher ground, reached the blockage the rivers Valency and Jordan were unleashed on Boscastle.
Image caption Intrees blocked the main bridge over the River Valency - contrasting with the peaceful scene today Image caption The Harbour Light shop was destroyed by vehicles crashing into it but it has since been rebuilt As a result more than vehicles in the car park were lifted up and washed downstream, the tourist information centre, two shops and a cafe were destroyed and stranded people were airlifted to safety from rooftops.
But the Templars, along with other villagers, believe the long-term effects of the flooding have been positive. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAbout 80 cars were washed through Boscastle by the water Boscastle flooding in numbers 2m tonnes m gallons of rainwater flowed through Boscastle in one day At the height of the incident, 6, cubic feet cubic metres of water were flowing down the River Valency every second Fifty eight properties were flooded with four destroyed A total of vehicles were swept away.
Eighty-four cars were later recovered from Boscastle harbour, but more than 30 were swept out to sea. Seven rescue helicopters winched about people to safety Some 1, tonnes lorry loads of flood debris were removed by the Environment Agency following the floods.
Widening of the River Valency by 3m 10ft and lowering it by 2m 7ft Raising the car park and adding a new permeable surface A new bigger culvert where the Jordan and the Valency rivers join "Braiding" of the river valley through a network of channels separated by small islands, which slows the water flow.
The Environment Agency has also installed three gauges on the River Valency to monitor water levels which trigger a warning when they pose a flooding risk.
It said the work meant Boscastle was now able to withstand the worst floods in every 75 years. Mr Templar said he thought the work controlling the flow of the river had been "fantastic". Children have been taught about the flooding as part of their school curriculum in the village.
What caused the Boscastle floods? Most of the rain actually fell on higher land and was washed down the steep-sided valleys to Boscastle. People reported waves or a wall of water hitting the village, raising levels by several feet in just seconds.
A study by the Met Office suggests sudden downpours producing flash floods, like those in Boscastle, could happen more often as a result of climate change.
But it said that improvements in its forecasting capabilitie s since mean it is now "more likely" to spot sudden downpours. An Environment Agency spokesman said: The downside is that the shop's insurance has tripled.
Pictures of the flooding, including the shop's crushed van that was washed into the harbour, are on the walls of the village grocery shop and are still a talking point for visitors.
Former coastguard Tim Irving Little, who now runs a pottery in the village, said: Now everyone's heard of Boscastle.In Boscastle was hit with some of the most extreme flash flooding ever whitnessed in the British Isles.
Boscastle is a village popular with tourists on the North Cornish coast, see Figure 5. The river Valency, with a catchment of 18km², flows through the village and joins with the river Jordan in the centre of Boscastle (Roseveare and Trapmore, ). Flood defences were due to be upgraded in the October of but work on them had yet to start at the time of the flood. The sewage and drainage systems in Boscastle at the time were antiquated and not suitable for an event of this magnitude. Start studying Flooding - Boscastle Flood, - MEDC case study. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools.
Although no one was injured the devastation was overwhelming. About people were airlifted to safety after the flash flood hit the Cornish village on 16 August Margaret Templar was among the first people airlifted from the Bridge Walk row of shops. Boscastle is a village popular with tourists on the North Cornish coast, see Figure 5.
The river Valency, with a catchment of 18km², flows through the village and joins with the river Jordan in the centre of Boscastle (Roseveare and Trapmore, ). The Boscastle flood of – A case study of cause, effect and response Using the Teachit Geography template, this sorting exercise provides a framework for investigating cause of, effect of and response to the Boscastle flood.
Aug 15, · The Boscastle flood of (Cornish: An Lanwes Kastel Boterel ) occurred on Monday, 16 August in the two villages of Boscastle and Crackington Haven  in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom.
Flood defences were due to be upgraded in the October of but work on them had yet to start at the time of the flood. The sewage and drainage systems in Boscastle at the time were antiquated and not suitable for an event of this magnitude.