2007 United Kingdom floods

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The 2007 floods in the United Kingdom were a series of major floods that happened in many places across the country during the summer of 2007.

In Gloucestershire, there was a flash flood from the River Severn and a lot of extreme rainfall. It is estimated that 23 people died and nearly all of Gloucestershire was trapped in their homes for the summer holidays. The water was around four foot deep, and it got into most people's homes. The repairs would have cost about 3 thousand pounds per home.

Effects[change | change source]

Primary effects
  • In July 2007, three people died after the river Severn burst its banks, fifteen people died.
  • 10,000 motorists were stranded overnight.
  • Farmers lost crops.
  • 350,000 people were without running water after the sewage treatment plant was submerged.
  • Houses and buildings were flooded and ruined.
  • Electricity in Gloucester was shut down.
  • Schools and businesses were unable to travel or work and were shut down.
Secondary effects
  • Shops had better business because people needed more supplies.
  • £3 billion had to be spent on repairs.
  • Some businesses lost income while they had to repair buildings.

Responses[change | change source]

  • People helped each other, creating a sense of community.
  • Children were taught in temporary classrooms without books.
  • Sandbags were distributed.
  • Flood barriers were put in place.
  • Bottled water was given out.
  • People who lost their homes were forced to live with relatives or caravans for up to two years.