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Title: Cheltenham flood alleviation scheme : your questions answered
Author: Environment Agency
Document Type: Monograph
This Environment Agency booklet aim to analyse flooding issues in Cheltenham. The beautiful and historic town of Cheltenham is believed to have taken its name from the word 'Celtenhomme' meaning' the town under the hill.' It is located on the western edge of the Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The town, which has a population of some 110,000, is located on the banks of the River Chelt, a tributary of the River Severn. The Chelt runs through the town centre, often hidden from view in underground, man-made culverts. Over previous centuries, the river's power was harnessed to help the town prosper. As industry grew, the river was diverted from its natural course up to higher ground in order to feed the great mills. Most of the riverside was developed as the town grew, especially during the 18th century, when the town's famous natural spa waters were discovered. The original river valley has been heavily developed with housing estates, public buildings and industrial sites. Though the River Chelt flows largely unseen through culverts under the town, it still poses a severe flood threat to local people and businesses. The last major flood was in 1979, almost out of most people's memories, and only minor floods have occurred since. However, it was only by good fortune that Cheltenham and the Cotswolds escaped the heavy rain that caused such devastating flooding in the Midlands in Spring 1998 and Autumn 2000. The document explains flooding issues, flood effects and ways to protect the town from future flooding.
Publisher: Environment Agency
Publication Date: 2003
Publication Place: Solihull
Subject Keywords: RiversFloodingFlood controlFlood risk managementFlood defence structuresWater reservoirs
Geographic Keywords: CheltenhamCheltSevern Vale catchmentDowdeswell Reservoir
Extent: 9
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