High tide on the Thames
FLOOD BARRIER SHUTS TO PROTECT THOUSANDS OF LONDONERS
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