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NEW! Flooding in Tewkesbury: a case study
Geography: KS2 & KS3 Human & physical geography, understanding how human and physical processes interact to influence and change landscapes, environments and the climate
In July 2007, Tewkesbury was badly hit by floods which had a catastrophic impact on the town. The effects included the flooding of hundreds of homes and businesses, loss of power and water, and loss of life. Located between two rivers – both of which burst their banks – this session looks at the causes and consequences of the flood, as well as considering the larger issues of flood prevention, climate change and the impact of media coverage. Pupils will explore the heart of Tewkesbury and the floodplain, hear from locals regarding their experiences and information gather before sharing their findings as a group.
Many thanks to the Gloucestershire Echo for providing resources.
Summer floods, of course, are rare and therefore catastrophic. They ruin the crops and catch the farmers’ stock in the river meadows. Nobody is prepared for them. This flood [the Great Flood of 1924] soon began to bring down with it not only debris but a strange harvest from the river’s upper reaches. Haycocks, half submerged like ice-bergs; empty boats, torn from light summer moorings; drowned cattle, sheep and pigs; a carthorse, swimming, which someone skilfully lassoed and dragged ashore.John Moore