Discuss the impacts of storm events in the British Isles and evaluate the responses to them
The great storm of 1987 (storm A) and the storm events in Cumbria/Cockermouth in 2009 (storm B)
Both storm events in the British Isles had drastic social impacts on the areas involved. The transportation implications caused by these two storms differ; in storm B the effects of the storm were much more in a localized area. In the town of Cockermouth alone 4bridges were destroyed and the other ones entering the town were damaged so much they were unusable. This left the some of the residents of this town and the surrounding area felt abandoned and neglected due to the fact that emergency services couldn’t reach these individuals leaving them to fend for themselves. Leaving the residents terrified scaring them and making them afraid of future events severely damaging their lives. Also the fact that people couldn’t commute to work making them struggle to survive economically, even though these natural effects were so severe they were only a small localized are meaning only one fatality. Storm A’s socials impacts were that major railroads and some minor road routes were blacked or destroyed creating major transport delays in southern England. Many trees and other diseases took down many electricity lines leaving 5 million without electricity for days. Storm B took 19 peoples lives. Storm B’s social impacts were more severe with people being mentally scarred and a fatality, however the fact that so many people had to live without warmth and light for days and the fact that there was 19 fatalities means that storm A was the storm with the more extreme social impacts.
Storm B’s environmental impacts were relatively low compared to the severity of the storm. Sewage lines were ruptured due to the force of the water contaminating the river with sewage and Over 1300 homes were flooded and contaminated with sewage. Plants and trees destroyed from the floods also...