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Flooding in North Lincolnshire, 25th June 2007



Whitton

Whitton



Coleby


Coleby

Coleby.



West Halton

West Halton


West Halton

West Halton.



Thealby

Thealby

Thealby.



 

I would have taken a few more pictures, only it was raining and I’m not keen on getting wet.



On June 25th 2007, it rained. It also rained the day before and the day before that. It rained so much in the days leading up to the 25th that the rivers, ditches and drains were unable to cope with the amount of water swilling about and consequently we saw flooding in places where no floods had occurred in living memory. A ’Once in 200 years event’, (according to the Met Office).

The cause of the floods was primarily due to the rain of course, but many years of neglecting the drainage channels, ditches and culverts also played a part. Since the flood, the local drains which had been untouched for years, were cleaned out and restored to working order. This has prevented a reoccurrence of the flooding.

Will the River Ancholme and Winterton Beck Catchment Board please raise their hand?


CAUSES OF FLOODING

Weather events

Flooding is normally caused by natural weather events such as:

  • heavy rainfall and thunderstorms over a short period
  • prolonged, extensive rainfall
  • high tide combined with stormy conditions.
climate change

It is also predicted that climate change will increase the risk of flooding in the UK and other parts of the world. The following factors can also cause or contribute to flooding.

Poor maintenance

  • Faulty sewer networks
  • Poor or insufficient drainage networks
  • Inadequate maintenance of watercourses
Development / planning issues
  • Inappropriate development in flood plains
  • Building on land in a way that prevents rainfall from draining away naturally - this includes roads and car parks that are impermeable to water, increasing the risk of flooding from rainwater runoff
  • Flood defence schemes that are defective or badly designed
 
  
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