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  • Flooding in SomersetA Guided Tour

    with Jaffy Duck

    PCP 9

  • Hi, Im Jaffy Duck and Im your tour guide around

    the area of Somerset we call The Parrett

    Catchment.It is called the Parrett

    Catchment because the river Parrett and its

    tributaries flow through it.

  • ..so lets take a tour around the catchment to see how floods have

    affected Somerset

    in the past!

  • Our tour starts at Burrowbridge,

    which is highlighted on

    the map above.


  • This photo was taken from Burrowbridge village. The road you can see is the A361 and is the main road through the village.

    The winter floods back in 2000 caused the road to close. This left the people in the village completely cut off from Taunton and the motorway.

    People were unable to get to hospital, work, school or the supermarket.

  • This photo was taken from an aeroplane above Burrowbridge during the winter floods of 2000.As you can see, lots of farmland is completely covered in water. This water destroyed crops and forced animals to move to higher land for their food and survival.

  • Here I am on Burrow Mump, and the year is 1986. All of Southlake Moor in front of me is flooded and the freezing cold weather has iced over the water.so Im off to join those people down there for a skate on the ice!

  • The next destination on

    our tour is North Curry and Knapp, as shown on the

    map above.

    North Curry & Knapp

  • The heavy rains in 2000 caused the river to overflow and not only flood fields but

    buildings too like this farm barn in Knapp.

    The damage to farming equipment and property

    was expensive and cost the owners and their insurance companies lots of money to

    replace and mend everything.

  • This was the view from North Curry Church

    during the floods in 2000.

    It looks like the church is by the sea doesnt it?

    but remember where North Curry is on the

    map..you should really be looking at green fields in the distance, not water!

  • The next image Im going to

    show you was taken in

    Moorland, which is here on the



  • No, this is not a canal boat it is a house and somebodys home!

    The water is so high that it is also inside the house. All the carpets,

    furniture and electrical sockets are covered by dirty water from the

    river.Imagine if this house was your

    homeWhat could you do to ensure that

    your home is safe from flood?

  • Weve looked at how floods affect

    the villages on the levelsbut

    floods also happen in large towns too. So

    our next stop on the tour is Taunton.


  • That building behind me is a large supermarket right in the centre of Taunton. Thousands of people use this supermarket every week for

    essential food and supplies.The river is so full and high that it is

    dangerously close to flooding the supermarket.

  • You may recognise this viewit is the bridge in the centre of Taunton.

    Look at how high the water level is! any more heavy rain will make this river burst its


    then I will be able to swim inside all those shops and offices behind me.

    And look at all those people on the bridge!if this river does overflow, there will be a lot

    of people trying to swim with me!

  • so all this water runs off the land into

    the river

    How floods happenNow weve seen what floods can

    do,lets have a look at the different

    things that cause floods to happen

    Buildings and roads stop water soaking

    into the ground

    and the river cant cope and

    it bursts its banks.

    Hard soils stop water soaking into the ground

    Few trees to soak up rainfall

    Lots and lots of rain

  • How to stop the floods happening

    Build ponds near houses and roads to store water

    Build large ponds on farms to store water

    Build high banks by the river

    Plant more trees

    Educate and raise awareness of flooding

    River Festival

    Work with farmers to help the soil soak up more water

  • Here are some pictures by

    children from Somerset, about what they think about flooding

    What do you think about flooding?

  • What can you do about flooding?

    If your school wasnt there the ground would be able to soak

    up the water.Instead, rain falls on its roof, straight into the gutter and

    down the drainsWHAT A WASTE!

    It would be far better to collect the water to stop it from

    flowing quickly from the drains into our rivers.

    As we have learnt, if the river fills up too quickly, it could

    burst its banks and cause a flood.

  • What can you do about flooding?

    To collect rain water, your school could install a water

    butt, like the one in the picture.

    Water butts are large barrels with a tap at the bottom so

    that the rain water they have collected can be used for other things like watering the garden

    or washing windows or cars.

    The water butt can be connected to drain pipes so

    they can store the water that runs of a roof when it rains.

    A Water Butt

  • What can you do about flooding?

    This is my personal favourite!

    your school could create a mini-wetland or pond.

    If your school has an area where water collects and

    the ground gets very muddy and covered in

    puddles this could be a perfect

    mini-wetland area.Ponds and wetlands are great areas to study as they attract all kinds of

    wildlife from special plants to insects, worms, frogs,

    newts and birdseven ducks like me!

  • What can you do about flooding?

    Ponds and wetlands are also very versatile. The plants that live in them help break down any

    pollutants that are in the water.

    This ability to clean polluted water is very

    useful if your schools pond is near a river or stream.

    To make your school pond or mini-wetland even better at helping stop floods, you

    could feed it with water from your schools water


  • What can you do about flooding?

    Your school could also plant trees as a way to help

    stop flooding.

    Each tree planted acts as a mini sponge. It also

    provides a home to lots of different wildlife such as

    birds and insects




  • Well that is the end of my guided tour

    Thank you for joining me

    I hope to see you at a pond near

    your school soon!

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