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Long–term impact of flooding

Long–term impact of flooding 13 February 2020

Scottish study reveals ‘significant long–term impact’ of flooding (via The Guardian)

By Libby Brooks 

Chronic ill–health, loss of financial stability and anxiety brought on by heavy rainfall are just some of the enduring effects of flooding on individuals, according to the first UK study to examine the long–term impact on communities.

As the aftermath of Storm Ciara brings disruption to Scotland and the north of England, the report highlights the importance of ongoing support for flooded households and communities.

Over the course of three years, researchers from the James Hutton Institute and University of Aberdeen focused on two communities in north–east Scotland that were badly affected by the extreme weather of late December 2015 and early January 2016.

The academics surveyed 300 local residents in Ballater and Garioch and conducted in–depth interviews with 100 more at yearly intervals up to 41 months after the initial flooding took place to build a unique catalogue of individuals’ experiences over time.

Read more via The Guardian