High tide on the Thames

FLOOD BAR­RIER SHUTS TO PRO­TECT THOU­SANDS OF LON­DON­ERS

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THE Thames Bar­rier closed last week to pro­tect 550,000 homes and prop­er­ties from the risk of flood­ing .

The high tide fore­cast for Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 5 led to the clo­sure of the defence flood gates from 10am as a pre­cau­tion, the En­vi­ron­ment Agency said.

The move was to pre­vent the risk of flood­ing in Lon­don and along the River Thames catch­ment area as wa­ter lev­els rise.The Thames Bar­rier is one of the largest move­able flood bar­ri­ers in the world, pro­tect­ing 125 square km of cen­tral Lon­don.

It stretches 520m across the River Thames at Charl­ton and each gate takes 10 to 15 min­utes to close - that’s one-and-a-half hours for the bar­rier to com­pletely shut down. A con­trol room is manned 24-hours-aday, ev­ery day of the year.

An­drew Batch­e­lor, Thames Bar­rier man­ager, said: “We are clos­ing the bar­rier to pro­tect Lon­don from the threat of flood­ing due to high wa­ter lev­els around the time of high tides from the sea.”

Flood­line of­fers ad­vice on pre­par­ing against flood­ing: 0345 988 1188.

The Thames Bar­rier, near Wool­wich

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