Flood in Dumfries
Flood waters breaking over the banks of the River Nith in Dumfries town centre, 1936
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Footage of the river Nith breaking over its banks in Dundee. The river rushes past the bridge, and there are shots of the flooded streets, with locals gathered in doorways and wading through the water. There is also a shot of a horse drawing a rag and bone cart through the flood water.
Questions & Activities
- What was the reason for the flooding in Dumfries?
- How dangerous are floods?
- What are flood plains and why are houses built on them?
- Where is Dumfries located on a map of Scotland?
- Why is Dumfries at special risk from flooding?
Geography: Using the internet and library, research where the major flood spots in the UK are located. Compile a presentation of the geographical and meteorological reasons for flood.
Media Studies: how does this film differ from modern news reports on severe weather and disasters?
Modern Studies/English: Write a letter to an insurance company as a homeowner who has suffered flood damage.
Media Studies: Write a modern voiceover commentary for this news report.
Media Studies: Research and write a news report on the impact of severe weather on Scottish communities.
Media Studies/Music: Old news reports such as this had music soundtrack added. Discuss if the music is appropriate. Research from stock music or write a new piece of music for the report.
|Resource Rights Holder||National Library of Scotland|
|School Subject||Geography, English, Social Studies, Music, Expressive Arts, Environmental Studies|
|Who||Regal Cinema (sponsor)|
|Where||Dumfries, River Nith|
|Attributes||Black and White, Sound|