Floods - The Year Britain Went Under

Was this an extraordinary dose of meteorological misfortune or was climate change to blame?
1 x 60' for Channel 4

Synopsis

In 2007, Britain experienced some of the worst floods in history. The floods caused 3 billion pounds worth of damage, left 49,000 homeless and took the lives of 14 people. But 2007 was also an extraordinary of flooding around the globe.

The Year That Britain Flooded uses eyewitness testimony, home video footage and scientific analysis to unravel the causes behind one of Britain's worst natural disasters. Was this an extraordinary dose of meteorological misfortune or was climate change to blame?

The film includes the tragic story of Mike Barnett who lost his life while trying to clear an elderly neighbour's drain and goes on to recount the confusion that reigned during the emergency evacuation of the villages at the foot of the ill-fated Ulley Dam.

In the final part, the November tidal surge takes centre stage as towns and villages along the East Coast prepared themselves for an inundation on a similar scale to the 1953 event that killed nearly 300 people. Are regular emergency flood warnings a sign of things to come?

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