Flood in England, UK

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Type of Event Flood
Location of Event England, United Kingdom
Date of Charter Activation 06 January 2014
Charter Requestor Environment Agency (of England and Wales)
Project Management Environment Agency (of England and Wales)

Description of the Event

Ongoing storms and heavy rain since 23 December 2013 has caused flooding across the United Kingdom. One person has been reported killed, and it is estimated that over 300 properties have been flooded so far.

In England a number of major rivers are in the process of flooding, or are expected to do so over the next few days. Significant flooding is expected along the Thames, Severn, and Stour rivers. Due to the continuing rain, saturated ground is also contributing to flooding.

Roads and train services have been disrupted by the flooding and turbulent conditions.

The Environment Agency has issued over 200 flood alerts as of 06 January and more storms are forecast to bring further rain and coastal flooding along the south east and west of England over the coming days. Residents of areas affected by flooding are urged to take care and avoid coastal areas due to the risk of storm surges and high tides.

It is estimated that over 200,000 properties have been protected by the existing flood defences, and further measures are being implemented in an attempt to stem further flooding.

Images and/or Image product Delivered under the Charter

Flood map of Somerset Levels

Source: SPOT 5

Acquired: 10:51 UTC 11/01/2014

Copyright CNES 2014 - Distribution: Spot Image SA., all rights reserved
Map produced by Environment Agency Geomatics

 

Water extent comparison: Somerset Levels - 2012 and 2014

Source: TerraSAR-X

Acquired: 28/11/2012 and 09/01/2014

Copyright 2014 German Aerospace Center (DLR), 2014 Astrium Services / Infoterra GmbH
Map produced by Environment Agency Geomatics

 

Flood map of southern England

Source: TerraSAR-X

Acquired: 17:44 UTC 07/01/2014

Copyright 2014 German Aerospace Center (DLR), 2014 Astrium Services / Infoterra GmbH
Map produced by Environment Agency Geomatics

 

Flood map of Reading, Southern England

Source: TerraSAR-X

Acquired: 17:44 UTC 07/01/2014

Copyright 2014 German Aerospace Center (DLR), 2014 Astrium Services / Infoterra GmbH
Map produced by Environment Agency Geomatics

 

Flood map of River Severn near Gloucester

Source: UK-DMC2

Acquired: 10:15 UTC 07/01/2014

Copyright 2014 SSTL all rights reserved - Supplied by DMC International Imaging, UK
Map produced by Environment Agency Geomatics

 

Flood map of River Thames near Oxford

Source: Landsat-8

Acquired: 07/01/2014

Copyright USGS/NASA Landsat Program
Map produced by Environment Agency Geomatics