Thames Barrier raised 31 years after first closure

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THE THAMES Barrier was closed yesterday, exactly thirty-one years after it was first raised to protect London. London’s iconic flood defence system has been operational since 1982 but was first closed in response to a flood thread on February 1st, 1983. After that first closure in 1983, it would be almost three years before the barrier needed to be raised …

Bad weather causes flooding along the Thames

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THE ENVIRONMENT Agency has issued warnings to areas along the Thames as the river’s level continues to rise. The swollen river has burst its banks in several locations causing localised flooding and road closures along the non-tidal stretch. Following weeks of bad weather and an almost record breaking number of consecutive Thames Barrier closures, flood alerts have been issued at …

First Thames Barrier closure of 2014

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The Thames Barrier has closed for the first time in 2014 to protect the capital from rising river levels. High water levels recorded at Teddington weir combined with spring tides caused the Environment Agency to take preventative action. The closure today is the first of several that are predicted over the coming days. The Barrier has been closed in response …