Flood in south-west England

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Type of Event Flood
Location of Event Southern England, United Kingdom
Date of Charter Activation 06 February 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 rainfall have brought further flooding to southern England since 31 January 2014. Several major rivers are now flooding, or are at risk of doing so over the next five to ten days.

This latest series of storms following on from earlier ones that have affected the United Kingdom as far back as December 2013. See the two previous related Charter activations: 469 and 472.

Some areas of southern England, such as the Somerset Levels and Moors, have now been flooded for over five weeks. It is estimated that 413 homes have been flooded across the country and farmland has also been inundated with no sign of immediate relief from the continuing weather conditions. With the ground already saturated, further rainfall will prolong the difficult conditions.

People have evacuated their homes in some of the worst affected areas, and livestock has been moved to safer locations.

The Environment Agency has issued two severe flood warnings for the latest storms, and continue to update their flood warning maps with the latest information.

Existing flood defences are limiting the damage, and it is estimated that over a million buildings have been protected from flooding by the infrastructure in place. The army has been providing assistance and relief operations to complement the many emergency services personnel and volunteers across the country.

Images and/or Image product Delivered under the Charter

Flood outline - Thames and South East

Source: TerraSAR-X

Acquired: 22/02/2014

Copyright TerraSAR-X © German Aerospace Center (DLR), 2014 Airbus Defence and Space / Infoterra GmbH
Map produced by Environment Agency Geomatics

 

Flood outline - Midlands West Gloucester - Tewkesbury

Source: RADARSAT-2

Acquired: 11/02/2014

Copyright RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (2014) - All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official trademark of the Canadian Space Agency.
Map produced by Environment Agency Geomatics

 

Flood outline - Midlands West Tewkesbury - Worcester

Source: RADARSAT-2

Acquired: 11/02/2014

Copyright RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (2014) - All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official trademark of the Canadian Space Agency.
Map produced by Environment Agency Geomatics

 

Flood outline - Thames and tributaries

Source: RADARSAT-2

Acquired: 12/02/2014

Copyright RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (2014) - All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official trademark of the Canadian Space Agency.
Map produced by Environment Agency Geomatics

 

Flood outline - Slough, Datchet, Windsor

Source: RADARSAT-2

Acquired: 12/02/2014

Copyright RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (2014) - All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official trademark of the Canadian Space Agency.
Map produced by Environment Agency Geomatics

 

Flood outline west of England

Source: TerraSAR-X

Acquired: 08/02/2014

Copyright 2014 German Aerospace Center (DLR), 2014 Airbus Defence and Space / Infoterra GmbH
Map produced by Environment Agency Geomatics

 

Flood outline Somerset Levels

Source: TerraSAR-X

Acquired: 08/02/2014

Copyright 2014 German Aerospace Center (DLR), 2014 Airbus Defence and Space / Infoterra GmbH
Map produced by Environment Agency Geomatics

 

Flood outline of Somerset, Severn and Thames

Source: UK-DMC2

Acquired: 08/02/2014

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