River Severn

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The River Severn

A Key Stage 2 Resource for Rivers and Coasts

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The River Severn at Bewdley

The 150m wall is not high enough to stop the River Severn flooding Blewdly

The River Severn often bursts its banks in winter, flooding many houses and commercial premises in Bewdley. In November 2000 Bewdley suffered serious flooding with 140 properties affected.

Like, in Newtown, a demountable aluminium barrier system called 'the invisible defence' is now errected and used to protect Bewdley during times when there is a risk to flooding.

The barrier is bolted on top of the 150m of permanent flood defence wall.

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The height of the aluminium barrier can be adjusted

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The barrier in action preventing flooding

Follow this link to see photographs of the floods on the River Severn at Bewdley (BBC website)

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Key Vocabulary

The movement of pebbles, sand, sticks and mud (the 'load') down a river.

Flotation. Materials such trees and branches are carried on the surface of the water. If there is a boulder or other large object in the way, then they can get stuck or be deposited behind this object.



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