Thames Barrier Saved Huge Chunks of London From Wet Carpet Misery Last Week

By Gary Cutlack on at

The rare tidal surge that caused so much damage to many coastal areas late last week was kept at bay by the Thames Barrier, with the Environment Agency releasing this image to show how London would've been soaked had the flood defences not been put in place.

The Environment Agency's disaster scenario mock-up shows that all of the Canary Wharf business zone and the rest of the Isle of Dogs, large chunks of Greenwich and the historic New Cross Gate branch of Iceland would all have been flooded out last week, had the barrier not (a) existed and (b) been pulled up. So thanks for that one, 1970s bureaucrats. [Standard]