Britain inundated

2007-07-23

in Daily updates, Oxford, The environment, The outdoors

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For those who haven’t been keeping abreast of the flooding in the United Kingdom, it is apparently extremely severe. Brize Norton, the airbase near Oxford, recorded 127mm of rain on July 20th. Normally, soggy Oxfordshire gets that much in two months.

Thankfully, relatively few people have died, though the British firefighting services are apparently describing this as the largest peacetime rescue operation in their history. Hopefully, the waters will soon abate.

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Milan July 23, 2007 at 10:25 pm

Here is a map of affected areas from the BBC.

Milan July 23, 2007 at 10:31 pm
Milan July 23, 2007 at 10:33 pm

Antonia, who I am arbitrarily declaring my roving reporter, is on the scene.

Anon July 23, 2007 at 10:58 pm

No surprises here:

Humans ‘affect global rainfall’

The study links human activity to more rainfall in places like the UK
Human-induced climate change has affected global rainfall patterns over the 20th Century, a study suggests.

Anon @ Wadh July 24, 2007 at 9:08 am
Anon @ Wadh July 24, 2007 at 9:10 am

The British government’s Environmental Agency describes the floods as the worst in modern history, exceeding the levels of the deadly floods of 1947. “We have not seen flooding of this magnitude before,” Anthony Perry of the Environment Agency told reporters. “The benchmark was 1947, and this has already exceeded it.”

Anon @ Wadh July 24, 2007 at 9:11 am

The town of Tewkesbury, whose 17,000 citizens reside at the junction of the Severn and Avon rivers, has been dubbed “the Isle of Tewkesbury” because it is now completely inaccessible by land and is largely devoid of people. The town’s famous cathedral, which has not been flooded since 1760, now contains more than a metre of water.

Anon August 31, 2007 at 12:08 am

Nature is not cruel, only pitilessly indifferent.

— Richard Dawkins

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