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					              Setting the scene:
    Cumbria Floods – November 2009


                Dan Bloomer
         Cumbria County Council &
       Cumbria Intelligence Observatory


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                      Overview
 •   Meteorological circumstances
 •   Flood extent
 •   Inundation of properties
 •   Impacts:
     –   Community Welfare
     –   Environment
     –   Economy & Business
     –   Infrastructure
 • Recovery to date


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     Meteorological circumstances
 • Warm air mass tracked north from the
   tropics
 • Heavy rain began falling on Wed 18th
   November onto saturated ground
 • UK record daily rainfall = 314 mm
 • Max rainfall Wed 18th – Fri 20th = 372mm
 • Flooding occurred across the county


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  Reported
  incidents




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   Extent of
   flooding




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   Extent of
    flooding
     (South
   Lakeland)




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   Extent of
   flooding
  (Allerdale)




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                  Inundation of properties
    Residential   Commercial   Allerdale   Carlisle         Copeland

2,500                          Eden        South Lakeland



2,000


1,500


1,000


 500


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     Impacts – Community Welfare
 • GP & Police bases flooded in
   Cockermouth
 • Most pressing immediate and ongoing
   need is for accommodation
 • Insurance & business advice required
 • Affected residents tend to be older than
   average
 • Psychological problems beginning to arise

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          Impacts – Environment
 • Large scale river planform change
 • Erosion & deposition affecting agricultural
   land
 • Huge increase in the amount of household
   waste
 • Insurance concerns related to loss and
   removal of fallen stock



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    Impacts – Economy & Business
 • Most damage suffered in Allerdale and
   South Lakeland
 • 80% of businesses in Cockermouth
   flooded
 • Port of Workington out of action
 • Trade lost due to infrastructure damage
 • 72% of tourism business affected, 41%
   suffered cancellations

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          Impacts – Infrastructure
 • Roads closed across the county
 • Numerous bridges lost
 • A596 & A597 in Workington both severed
 • Journey times and traffic congestion
   greatly increased
 • Access to schools, health services etc
   limited
 • Extensive infrastructure issues remain


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              Recovery Process
 • Multi-agency recovery group co-ordinated
   by the County Council
 • Welfare, Environment, Business &
   Economy and Infrastructure sub-groups
 • Regular Ministerial meetings and
   conference calls
 • Registration system now tracking affected
   people

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             Recovery examples
 • Flood support centres in Ulverston
   Keswick, Cockermouth and Workington
 • Temporary footbridge erected
 • Extra bus and train services
 • Port of Workington re-opened
 • Temporary business accommodation
   arranged
 • “Open for business” PR campaign


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               Points to address
 • Inconsistencies between local and national
   response
 • Complexities of adapting to Whitehall cultures
 • Strategic vs frontline information flow
 • Balancing expectations with achievability
 • Fragility of infrastructure
 • Psychological impact only beginning to become
   apparent



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