Todmorden and Climate Change

 

The town of Todmorden has a long history of flooding from the River Calder and Walsden Water. In 2005 the Environment Agency began major engineering work to improve flood defences in Todmorden, and other work has also been carried out, right up to 2012. But the reason we are seeing more flooding is excessive rainfall. In 1972-82 there were only 5 days with more than 10mm of rainfall; but in 2002-12 there were 7 days with more than 10mm of rainfall. But in 2002-12 there were more days without rainfall, and there was actually more rainfall in total in 1972-82. What we are seeing is exactly what climate change scientists have predicted; that climate change would significantly increase the number of days that severe thunderstorms would occur.

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