Heavy rain has caused severe flooding at Eden

November 17, 2010
Author: Mikki

14.00: We’ve been here in full force since early this morning, cleaning up, undertaking controlled pumping across the site and taking stock of the situation here at Eden. Based on our current assessment it looks like we'll be closed to visitors for the time being. We'll be reviewing this hour-by-hour.

There's a lot of smart engineering and sophisticated drainage systems in place across the Eden site but despite this the extreme weather conditions throughout the night has caused major flooding. As the waters begin to recede, we’re now able to see the full extent of the damage that has been done by the torrential rain.

The main areas that have been affected are our Link building that runs between the biomes, the area around the ice rink and our Visitor Centre at the top of the site. Thankfully, the million-plus plants in the biomes are okay and seem to have survived the torrential rains.

Everyone is working extremely hard across the site and we’re determined our team efforts will ensure we’re back up and running as soon as possible. Chris Hastings, the site safety manager said:

"Despite the fact Eden is well-engineered to deal with excess rainwater, the deluge that came through last night was more than the site could deal with.

"We're assessing the damage and it's worse than originally anticipated so we're remaining closed until the end of Friday at the earliest. We're pumping out water as quickly as possible so it doesn't affect our neighbouring properties.

"Our thoughts are with the many others in surrounding areas who are affected by the flooding. Our Eden team are working round the clock and we really appreciate their team spirit."

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Community, Cornwall, Environment, Water

4 responses to Heavy rain has caused severe flooding at Eden

  1. My heart goes out to you guys. The Eden Project is a wonderful place and when I heard (via facebook) that you'd been hit by the floods my heart sank.

    I was sat in the link building eating a cake only a couple of weeks ago and I can't imagine how you guys must feel to see the damage, just the though of such wonderful architecture flooded brings a tear to my eyes.

    You're an inspirational group of people and the passion you display for what you do amazes me. Good luck with the clean-up. I have no doubts that you'll be back to normal in no time.

  2. Newspaceman says:

    You should surely be resonating this with the Royal Wedding announcement - Biblical Eden, fallen angels, floods, Noah and suchlike.

    Hail Lucifer.

  3. Allan Moore says:

    What are you saying? That Eden is being punished?

    I don't think Eden was intended to have any religious significance, and I have to admit, the impending royal nuptuals hold no significance for me whatever.

  4. gutted to hear the news, somehow hoped/imagined Eden missed the floods, certainly deserved to! wish you all a speedy recovery and await chance to chat again, good luck Eden team.

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