The Somerset levels flooded badly in 2013. you need to know about
- Why did they flood? (not really covered in this article)
- Who was affected and
- What have people done to try and lessen the impacts for next time it happen?
Here is a video about the floods: What are the social and economic effects of the flood in the short term?
Read this BBC article
It says near the start of the article that:
The project involves widening the River Sowy as well as de-silting and raising banks along the King Sedgemoor’s Drain.
Task: There are 3 hard engineering strategies mentioned in the sentence. Describe how each of these helps stop a river from flooding
One of the people in charge of rivers in Somerset (now there’s a job for a geographer) said this
“You could potentially see massive benefits and massive reductions in the amount of floodwaters that are retained on the fields and villages of Somerset.”
Task Why is having less water retained on the fields and villages a good thing for the people and economy of Somerset? Think of chains of reasoning and knock on effects for this answer