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Published: 04/03/2015
KS4 | Hazards | Physical processes
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The Boscastle flood of 2004 – A case study of cause, effect and response

Using the Teachit Geography template, this sorting exercise provides a framework for investigating cause of, effect of and response to the 2004 Boscastle flood.


The flood on 16 August 2004 in Boscastle in Cornwall was the worst in local memory and an Environment Agency report concluded that it was among the most extreme ever experienced in Britain.


There was a combination of human and physical causes contributing to a series of effects and impacts.  The responses to the flood were both short and long term. Sort statements to show these causes, effects and responses, e.g. loss of businesses, water gauging stations were installed, Boscastle is at the confluence of three rivers, etc.


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