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Many homes, businesses and infrastructure were severely damaged and the well-being of residents and members of the community significantly affected.
Such extreme rainfall events are difficult to predict in terms of where exactly the rain may fall. Coverack and the nearby catchments were incredibly unlucky on 18 July 2017. Had the storm not stalled over the catchment, or perhaps stayed out at sea, the impact of the rainfall would have been much less.
There are many communities like Coverack across Cornwall; coastal villages at the bottom of small, steep sided catchments which react rapidly to heavy rainfall; they would have reacted similarly if this rainfall had fallen on them.
This presentation will explain the rainfall event, its impacts and the response from the Environment Agency and Cornwall Council.
Julie is a Flood Advisor with the Environment Agency's Partnership and Strategic Overview team based in Bodmin Cornwall. Having spent over ten years in flood risk management consultancy, the Coverack event happened shortly after she moved to the Environment Agency. Julie has led the post event reporting, working closely with collegues across the Environment Agency, the Flood Forecasting Centre and Cornwall Council.