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Monday, 30 April 2012

April floods 2012 - England and Wales


The Met Office has confirmed that this has been the wettest April in the UK in over a century, with some areas seeing three times their usual average, with 121.8mm of rain falling during the month

This is despite much of the country classified as being in drought. The graph below shows that for the majority of the last two years, we have had below average rainfall which has led to drought being declared. 

Source - BBC News website

This is also explained here: (VIDEO)

Causes:
A succession of low pressure weather systems brought about by a change in the jet stream, have been passing across the country over the last week leading to prolonged periods of heavy rainfall and string winds. This is explained here: (VIDEO) 

From BBC Weather website - 29 April 2012

As a result, flood warnings have been put in place across much of England and Wales as rivers struggle to cope with the rapid run-off.


Effects:



·    A 52-year-old man died after his car became submerged at a ford in Hampshire
·    The Badminton Horse Trials, in Gloucestershire, have been cancelled for the second time in their history because of a waterlogged course.
·    Trains diverted between Swindon and Bristol Temple Meads owing to flooding in the Chipping Sodbury area
·    Taunton Deane Cricket Club was flooded and most of Vivary Park in Taunton has also been left under water.
·    On Sunday, 230 homes in the Midsomer Norton area and 96 homes in the Taunton area were left without power but most have now been reconnected.
·    Homes have also been flooded in Lydeard St Lawrence, West Hatch and Bickenhall in Somerset
·    High winds and heavy rain is causing disruption across Somerset with trees blocking roads and power lines down.
·    Fire crews have dealt with fallen power lines near Wells and Highbridge, and a damaged roof in Burnham-on-Sea.
·    In Wells, a car was crushed by a fallen tree.
·    Thousands of homes in south Wales, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Somerset have been left without electricity.
·    A police officer was seriously injured when a tree fell on the van he was driving in Hampshire.
·    In East Yorkshire, the Weir Caravan Park in Stamford Bridge had to be evacuated after the Derwent broke its banks causing localised flooding in the town
·    In Gloucestershire, more than 20 trees have fallen across roads mainly in the Cheltenham area, Stroud, Dursley and parts of the Cotswolds
·    Trees have been brought down in Devon, blocking some roads, and rail services between Exeter and Plymouth have been disrupted because of debris on the line at Totnes
·    Southern Electric said about 1,000 homes in Devizes, Calne, and Potterne, Wiltshire, were affected after power cables were brought down in high winds. The firm said about 3,000 homes in Watlington and in Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire were also left without power
·    Firefighters in Hockley, Essex, rescued eight people trapped in flood waters when they became stranded in four cars on a road
·    Western Power says about 1,200 homes are still without power in Swansea, Cardiff and east Wales

Additional info and video here:

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