Nick Lupton's riverside home in Worcester, England, has flooded nearly a dozen times in just seven years. To stop this, he built a huge wall surrounding his house.
Lupton and his wife, Annie, lived near the Severn River in a 17th-century house on an estate worth more than $765,000, according to local media. Gloucestershire Live. Since 2016, their land and one-acre home have flooded 11 times, Lupton told several news outlets.
Exhausted by the multiple cleanups they had to do over the years, Lupton and his wife spent months building a wall to protect their home in a high-risk flood zone, he told a CBS News partner. BBC.
“After we had I think nine floods before we decided to build a wall,” Lupton told Reuters. “The wall is really there to make our lives easier, but also to protect the house in the long term. Floodwaters getting into the walls of the house would never be a good thing.”
They finished building the wall in mid-September, and when it was tested a month later by flooding, Lupton said he met the challenge — and continues to do so.
“Fortunately, it did what it was supposed to do. It passed the test,” he said, adding that it also helped prevent damage when it was tested again this week. “… It was a very good test in many ways because it is one of the highest floods we have ever seen.”
There are hundreds of Flood alerts Across England as of Friday afternoon local time, including more than 250 flood warnings, and nearly 270 further warnings saying flooding is possible. The UK Met Office warned that the River Severn was expected to flood Through at least Friday and Saturday, although it could last “several days” in some parts.
Of the 30 measuring stations across the river, 18 recorded “high” levels on Friday, with the measuring station in Worcester recording a rise of 18.2 feet and rising As of 4:30pm local time on Friday – just short of the station's all-time record of 18.99 feet set in 2020. The normal range for water levels at this location is between 1.8 and 11 feet.
Lupton believes there were “a lot of factors” at play in the flooding at his home, including….
The Met Office says on its website that winters in the UK are “expected to become warmer and wetter on average”, adding that within 50 years, winters will reach up to 4.5°C warmer And up to 30% more humid.
““It is also likely that this will be the case,” the office says. “Since 1998, the UK has experienced six of the ten wettest years on record. Winter storms in 2015 were at least 40% more likely due to climate change. … Parts of the UK will be at risk of flooding, with low-lying cities vulnerable The coastal areas are particularly vulnerable.”
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