Blog28 February 2014

The wettest winter in 250 years – a visual representation of the rainfall

Much of the South of England experienced the heaviest rainfall for nearly 250 years this winter. From December 2013 to February this year, the downpours have wreaked havoc in a number of UK counties. Somerset and the Thames valley have been the worst affected regions, with 16 severe flood warning registered along the swollen river, 2 warnings were given in Somerset alone.

Andrews Sykes were on the scene in Somerset earlier this month, providing relief for local residents and businesses. Dryers and dehumidifiers were employed to help expedite recovery in areas that received record amounts of rainfall over December and January.

Government reaction was seen by some as inadequate, with only 10,000 sandbags available to councils per day, with some towns requiring double that. More than 80,000 businesses were deprived of power, owing to the torrential downpours, while 28,000 acres of farmland were flooded according, leaving farmers in utter despair.

We’ve created a graphic to outline the key points of the flooding as well as to provide a key Flood Recovery checklist to assist those who are out of the worst of it. The most notable fact is that Southeast and Central south of England received astonishing rainfall, 127% more than average.