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An explanation of the causes and effects of river flooding in Britain, including damage limitation methods. The reporter visits a residential area near a river with a high risk of flooding. To limit the amount of damage caused by flooding, the houses are built with the garages underneath.

Footage of the flooded river and rescue firemen is shown. The causes of flooding and the methods used to predict flooding of residential areas are explained. A temporary metal shutter is shown, illustrating a flood prevention method. An interview with an affected resident shows how modified living conditions can help prevent disruption and damage after a river flood.
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20 November 2003

Classroom Ideas

Discuss with the class any local flooding events. What flood prevention methods do they have near homes or schools? The children could design their own flood prevention methods.