Flooding at Hinkley Point

Hinkley point A & B surrounded by flood water


The view onto Wick Moor Common. This is the land where the Stop New Nuclear Camp was held in October. This land has been completely submerged in living memory when the sea defences breached


The B station and the flood waters, it looks increasingly like the existing station will become a nuclear island way before the time when the buildings can be dismantled.

These photos are how Hinkley Point looks when surrounded by floodwaters – get used to this sight folks as it’s predicted to become much more frequent and much more intense under most of the IPCC scenarios that have been modelled.

Whilst obviously predicting future anything is not a hard and fast science, it doenst take a genius to see that building nuclear facilities at coastal locations is a little like playing russian roulette.  If EDF begin to excavate the land ear-marked for development, then everyone can expect flooding locally to be much worse as it is unclear to see how the EDF designed  spine drains designed for a 1/30 year event are going to cope with the sort of quantities of water that are likley to fall now on top of the existing groundwater they are also going to have to deal with as they ‘de-water’ their excavation. The recent flooding has been described by Sedgemoor District Council as ‘the worse flooding in one hundred years’ as they’ve battled to rebuild the river wall in the town, we’ve experienced a 225% increase in the amount of water falling from the skies. In Sedgemoor we’ve seen around 600mm+ cumulative rainfall compared to a ususal annual average of 200mm+


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