Is Wakefield prone to flooding?

Is Wakefield prone to flooding?

Around 6,600 homes across the Wakefield district are at permanent risk of flooding in the event of extremely heavy rainfall, it is believed.

When was the last flood in Yorkshire?

2019 Yorkshire Dales floods

Grinton Smelt Mill post June 2019 floods. The image at the top shows the Mill and Barrel-Arched Watercourse in September 2018. The lower image is post-flooding, taken in March 2020.
Date 30 July 2019
Location Arkengarthdale, Swaledale, Wensleydale
Deaths 0
Property damage Extensive

When was the Yorkshire Flood?

2007. Flash flooding hit many parts Yorkshire in June 2007. Sheffield was the worst affected in Yorkshire, with helicopters rescuing people stranded in buildings in the city centre, and many homes simply written off by catastrophic flood damage.

What are the effects of floods?

Floods have large social consequences for communities and individuals. As most people are well aware, the immediate impacts of flooding include loss of human life, damage to property, destruction of crops, loss of livestock, and deterioration of health conditions owing to waterborne diseases.

How do floods start?

How floods form. A flood occurs when water inundates land that’s normally dry, which can happen in a multitude of ways. Excessive rain, a ruptured dam or levee, rapid melting of snow or ice, or even an unfortunately placed beaver dam can overwhelm a river, spreading over the adjacent land, called a floodplain.

What was the worst flood in the UK?

One of the greatest storm surges on record drowned 326 people in the UK at the end of January 1953. The flooding forced 30,000 people to be evacuated from their homes, and 24,000 properties were seriously damaged. 160,000 hectares of eastern England flooded and more than 1,600 km of coastline was damaged.

Where has the River Don burst its banks?

Dozens of people, including elderly people and babies, had to be moved from their homes by ambulance and boat, after the River Don burst its banks in Aberdeenshire overnight.

Is flooding caused by humans?

Human activities that degrade the environment often increases flooding. These activities include: Deforestation. The lack of vegetation encourages water to flow over the surface rather than infiltrate into the soil thus increasing surface runoff.

What is the flood risk in Wakefield (West Yorkshire)?

Map of Wakefield (West Yorkshire) postcodes and their flood risks. Each postcode is assigned a risk of high, medium, low, or very low, and then plotted on a Wakefield flood map. Most Wakefield postcodes are low flood risk, with some very low, high, and medium flood risk postcodes.

What happened in 1866 in Wakefield?

The Wakefield Journal and Examiner of 23 November 1866 has an account of terrible floods across Wakefield the previous weekend. It includes an account of flooding at Westgate Common where a small community of Irish people had settled.

Why did Westgate Common flood twice in 1984?

The Wakefield Express of 4 February 1984 has an account by Ron Swinden giving his idea of why there had been flooding at Westgate Common twice in the previous year. He thought that it was because there was no longer any work done on clearing the beck of silt and weed.

Where did the tidewater river flood happen?

Elsewhere in Benton County, the Weather Service said flooding was expected on the Alsea River near Tidewater, where the river was not expected to fall below flood stage until Saturday morning. Soggy ground was blamed for landslides on Vineyard Mountain that prompted authorities to close Rosewood Drive.