16 minutes later there was a reported rise of 2m in one hour. At 15:53 the fire brigade was mobilised and 7 minutes later access to all roads was closed. 30 minutes later at 16:30 a 3m wall of water flowed through Boscastle at 64kph. The flood reached peak level at 17:00 and cars were swept away and buildings destroyed. The rain was so heavy it was difficult to see.
There were a number of physical factors causing the Boscastle floods. The village suffered from heavy rainfall. Over 2 hours, 0.05mm of rainfall fell per minute. In total, over 3 million tonnes of water was added to the small drainage basin, in which two weeks of previous rainfall had saturated the ground, which it simply couldn’t hold. Both Boscastle and Thailand were at the foot of steep slopes.
Introduction: This report is about the levee failure in Grater New Orleans and its effects on the city and individuals. The definition of a levee is a special wall that built in such away to protect a city from flooding. The levee was built to protect the city because it was under the sea level. The problem is failing the levee because the design was not able to stand the hurricane. So the city was under the water and destroyed.
When the storm struck New Orleans and the levees failed, the low-lying lands flooded at record levels. As only a category 3 storm, Hurricane Katrina could have caused much less damage then it did if the levees held. The reason for the levee failure was due to an engineering fault, leaving the levees prone to malfunction. Tens of thousands of victims were either forced from their homes due to the flooding, or lost their lives trying to ride out the storm. The impoverished areas of New Orleans suffered the greatest losses because the houses were poorly built and many people were not educated on the danger of the coming storm.
The impacts of the storm were great, with wind speeds recorded of up to 120mph in Sussex and Kent. Over 15 million trees throughout England had blown over in the course of the day; a factor of this was due to most of the trees not losing their leaves before the storm had hit and also the antecedent conditions made the ground was soft. Overall 22 lives were lost, with 19 of them in England. Schools were closed as well as 150,000 houses were without telephone communications. A further 5 million homes were left with no electricity and many houses were a victim of falling trees.
Summary: The Dust Bowl Migration The Dust Bowl was an ecological disaster in the Great Plains during the 1930’s. The Great Plains had suffered severe drought for several years which then led to the depletion of the soil used by farmers to harvest their major crops- wheat and cotton. This interesting phenomenon led to the massive migration of almost 3 million farmers and the intervention from the government. This mass migration became known in History as the Dust Bowl Migration. Since it occurred during the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl migration became significant due to the riskiness in relocation because of such high unemployment rates.
The effect of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans was extremely severe, resulting from one of the most deadly natural disasters in U.S. history. By August 30th, 2005, one day after the Category 4 storm made landfall, about 80 percent of the city of New Orleans, was flooded with some parts of the city under 20 feet of water. The flood was caused by several levees breaches, which most people didn’t believe it could breach, due to a combination of a powerful storm surge, strong winds and excess water in the bodies of water surrounding the city. After reading the author’s response, her curiosity was based on her belief that the delayed response time was due to racism. She first noticed when watching the T.V.
For the first case, a massive flood displaced nearly eight-hundred graves in Hardin, Missouri in 1993. Authorities found displaced human remains over twenty-six square miles of land; fifty people were killed; 55,000 homes were damaged or destroyed; 58,000 people were displaced. It was a truly atrocious, upsetting scenario in which the likelihood of finding bodies was very low, and the procedures were costly. The public expected a lot from the anthropologists, hoping that they would work quickly and be able to recover all of the bodies of their missing families and friends. (Shows like “CSI” and “FBI” may give people an unrealistic expectation of these sorts of jobs.)
Many living in the city fled prior to the storm, but many believed the reminiscences of the storm wouldn’t be as bad as they thought and they stayed. As a result of New Orleans being below sea level, levees were placed around the city to keep the streets and homes from flooding. When the intensity of winds and mass flooding came from the storm, these levees broke, flooding nearly 80% of New Orleans communities. The Pre-Katrina preparations were a disaster for all communities. Following Hurricane Katrina, outrage was one of the many feelings that survivors experienced.
The mega hurricane displaced millions and killed over 1,800 people. The irony of the hurricane come from the impact it had on New Orleans. The preparation for the hurricane in New Orleans was inadequate, people were not ordered to evacuate until less than a day before hurricane Katrina made landfall which lead to numerous