Coverack flash flood

On 18th July 2017, a major flood event hit Coverack on the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall.

Coverack location map

Heavy rainfall started falling at around 3pm on the Tuesday afternoon. The storm failed to move eastwards as expected and dumped an unusually large amount of water on the village and surrounding area. In 2.5 hours, 105 mm of rain fell, compared to the usual July average of 62mm. This flowed down towards the village, sweeping rocks and large boulders with it.

Coverack rainfall radar

Water swept down the main road into the village, inundating houses and businesses, before plummeting into the harbour below. A ‘major incident’ was declared as Coastguard helicopters were dispatched to the scene to airlift residents to safety.

Coverack cascade 1

50 properties were damaged as well as the main road into the village.









Local news report – Part 1

Local news report – Part 2

Additional information and sources:

ITV News reports
BBC News reports


Boscastle floods – Ten years on

Why did Boscastle flood in 2004?

Good simple explanation video here

Case study overview here 

Met Office overview here

Plus – watch this documentary to find out more about the impacts:

Ten years on

The Boscastle floods. Ten years on BBC article

Watch edition of BBC Spotlight on what has happened over the following ten years

How has the area been managed since? Presentation

Photos: Boscastle floods 2004. Ten years on.

VIDEO – The lessons learned ten years after the Boscastle floods 

Ten years since the Boscastle floods. What, where, why, how?

Flooding continues to cause disruption in parts of UK

Sunday 23 December 2012

Flooding continues to cause problems for many people in the South West of England (see post from Saturday 22 December here). Whilst heavy rains further north have also caused problems in the Midlands, Wales and parts of Scotland today
Warnings from the Met Office:
Andy Page, Met Office Chief Forecaster, said: “Following a very wet and windy weekend, there is yet more rain expected to spread from the South West this evening and during Monday. This will give 10 to 20 mm of rain quite widely across parts of England and Wales but south west England my see in excess of 30 mm in places.
Almost half of the expected monthly rainfall fell in one day in parts of UK 
PHOTO – Floods disrupt travel: The railway line through Exeter underwater.  via @BeebJournalist
Flooding problems in Devonare continuing after the River Exe burst its banks.
VIDEO: Railway engineers are working alongside the emergency services to try and prevent water reaching a vital signal box on the Paddington to Penzance line at Exeter. 
The Environment Agency still had one severe flood warning – meaning there is “danger to life” – in place on Sunday morning, for the river Cober at Helston, in west Cornwall, after heavy rainfall overnight.
There were 182 flood warnings, urging people to take immediate action, with the most in the south-west and the Midlands.
In Umberleigh, near Barnstaple in Devon, a woman was rescued by a lifeboat after she was swept away from her car in the early hours of Sunday. A Devon and Cornwallpolice helicopter found the woman clinging to branches of a tree on the banks of the swollen river Taw.
In Looe, Cornwall, heavy rain caused two landslides which cut off the nearby the village of Hannafore.
The RNLI says it rescued 12 people, two dogs and six cats – using two lifeboats – in Lostwithiel, Cornwall on Saturday evening.
Around 40 homes were evacuated in Stonehaven after the River Carron burst its banks and affected a number of streets in the centre of the town. Residents said water levels were waist-high.
VIDEO – Eleven families fled their homes in Wales over night as a 20 foot wall collapsed onto homes after two landslides.
Many roads across South west Englandand Walesare still closed due to flooding. For example in Devon, the A379, A377, A3072, A396, A388 were all still closed at 15:00 on Sunday. Whilst rail passengers are still being advised not to try and travel west of Taunton.
Additional information:
ITV News
Sources: The Guardian, ITV News, BBC News, BBC Weather, Sky News, Daily Mail, Met Office
Related article:

South West England Floods – 21st November 2012


During Wednesday 21st November 2012, parts of the South west of England received unusually high rainfall totals. In some areas, there has been more than one months worth of rain in just two days.

Police and fire crews were called out to many incidents after 20mm to 39mm (0.8in to 1.5in) fell in 12 hours on already saturated ground.
17 schools in Somersetwere closed as well as many in Devon and some school buses were cancelled.
Many of Somerset’s major roads were affected by flood water, including the A37, A39 and A4.
Roads in Bristol, Devon, Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire were also closed because of flooding.
More here via the ITV News website
All railway lines between Swindon and south Waleswere blocked because of flooding.
Delays and cancellations also caused problems on the Plymouth to Westbury route; Bristol Parkway to Gloucester; Bristol to Tauntonand between Bristol Temple Meads and Weston-super-Mare.
Rain also caused a landslip of five tonnes of earth between Honiton in Devon and Axminster, blocking the line between Exeterand Waterloo,

The flooding continued for the next few days – read about it here

Sources – BBC News; ITV News