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Monday, 22 February 2016

The Flood Gates


The Thames is a tidal river making London vunerable to flooding.  To protect the city from massive flooding the Thames barrier gates were built  in 1982.  As they are approaching the mid point of their design life and the requirement to close the gates has been increasing in recent years it raises the question should new or additional gates be built.  The environment agency believes we will be ok until 2070.  I guess we will see what global warming determines. 

12 comments:

Stefan Jansson said...

Lets hope for the best then, 2070 is a long way away.

Adullamite said...

Another 1953 flood will come and London will suffer gates or no gates.

Bill Nicholls said...

The were designed at the place I worked as an Apprentice, I did some on the instruments they used. Always wanted to visit the barrier

Pietro and Cynthia said...

Interesting, let's hope the barrier gates can work well till 2070.

Dave said...

Last year we took a boat trip from Westminster Bridge down to the Barrier. I've always wanted to see it close up, and it was a great trip.

Sharon Anck said...

I've never been out this far to see this barrier. Hopefully, they will continue to serve their purpose for a while longer.

William Kendall said...

Quite massive, by the look of them.

Nathalie H.D. said...

Very interesting post - these gates are quite stylish.

I wonder if such gates would be built today. In France we're getting to the stage where such projects have very little chance of getting off the ground because of environmental issues.
What in 2070?

Angie said...

'Old Father Thames keeps rolling along' & we hope the 'great street paved with water' doesn't burst it's banks!!

Jack said...

It is quite a dramatic scene. Just looking, I couldn't figure out how they work. Guess I will need a tour.

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Babzy B said...

very arty gates , hope they will be effective !

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