Information About Exercise Watermark
- By: Gareth Loins
Monday 07.11.2011, Day One
The rains come, drenching Merseyside to Kent with a remarkably heavy downpour. Severe rainfall impacts from Lancashire to Humberside and also from the South West of England to London. Thousands of train commuters become trapped in the capital, filling the busiest train stations over and above capacity, cut-off from their homes with many living a long way away. Emergency responders are asked to respond how they would in this situation.
Then another report comes in; flood waters are causing problems on the M25, M11 and M12, testing the Highways Agency to their limits. As Monday continues, substantial pluvial flooding affects thousands of homes with a number of deaths being reported. Evacuation options are considered by the Emergency Services, concentrating on residential houses, mobile homes sites, and hospitals. The Health Service has their resilience tested across the nation, when a national power blackout takes place.
By early afternoon, heavy down pours are subsiding across central England, but as the end of the day approaches it all begins for Wales. Ground level flooding is coupled with simulated power loss for 15,000 properties, and the Welsh Emergency Response is put through its paces. At the end of the day; over 45,000 simulated people have been impacted by the simulated flooding, and that is just the beginning.
Day 2 - Tuesday the 7th of November, 2011
Continuing straight on from the surface water flooding of Day One, rivers across the country burst their banks. Near complete ground saturation is reported to the Emergency Responders, and river catchments are said to be near capacity. Squads are asked to respond against a likely storm surge event to strike the East coast later in the week (this actually happened during the 1950s, leading to billions of pounds worth of damage and injuring/killing many people).
Five hundred people are evacuated from a train in Oxfordshire, with more evacuated from Rhayader within Wales, and three bridges are reported harmed within Shropshire. The road network continues to be impacted by flooding, which also begin to threaten water and food supplies. Local Authorities consider establishing rest centres in likely locations. By the end of Tuesday, 45,000 simulated properties as well as over 120,000 simulated people are affected by the simulated floods.
Wednesday 09/11/2011, Day Three
70 deaths and over 100 missing people need to be dealt with. Health Trusts need to cope with difficulties such as a reduced work force and mounting public pressure. Fears regarding the structural strength of a number of dams and reservoirs are raised, mass evacuations become essential. Then a dam breaks in Derbyshire, massive fatalities as well as polluted water floods through the Chesterfield region as an explosion is caused at an iron works. Concerns regarding the imminent risk of storm surge across the East coast sends people fleeing inland and results in enormous congestion on the roads.
60,000 simulated houses flooded, 1,000 simulated casualties, 80 simulated deaths as well as 20,000 simulated people made homeless by the simulated floods.
Day 4 - Thursday 08/11/2011
The storm hits, the East coast is laid waste, Humber Estuary floods as does the Bridlington and Lincolnshire areas. A prison holding 1,000 prisoners is flooded, dangerous chemical substances leak into flood waters, power cuts impact thousands of homes (which includes hospitals), destruction of farms and fuel supplies are threatened.
200,000 simulated houses and 450,000 simulated people have been endangered by the simulated flooding towards the end of Thursday.
Can this really take place?
If the recent flooding events that affected a number of locations around the world already this year are anything to go by, then it is easy to think this scenario is within the realms of likelihood. Certainly, we never truly know exactly what Mother Nature has in store for all of us. The project was not made to test exactly how likely the scenario is, but exactly how our national infrastructure would endure this kind of occurrence. One thing is certain however, during this time of uncertainty, it is imperative that people have sufficient flood insurance in position to keep our properties safeguarded.
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If you are living within a region which is in danger from flooding, you may find it tough to acquire flood home insurance at an affordable rate.