Waves from the River Thames spilled over onto Bankside on Monday, briefly flooding the walkway that runs past the Tate Modern. And from pictures taken from the spot it looks pretty scary.
OK we’re not talking apocalyptic, and we don’t want to scaremonger but we can’t help thinking ‘Planet of the Apes’ here. Who can forget the very last shot of Taylor bawling on the beach as the waves lap around the Statue of Liberty (all together now: ‘You maniacs, you blew it up! God damn you! God damn you all to hell!’). OK we’ll stop now.
Meanwhile, the Environment Agency has issued a flood alert for the area between the Thames Barrier and Putney Bridge (otherwise known as ‘London’), which was still standing at the time of writing. Apparently there’s a one in 1,000 chance that, during any given year, London will be flooded by a storm surge, a freak phenomenon caused by extreme weather conditions, but this risk will increase as the effects of global warming become more pronounced. If you really want to scare yourself soggy, see the alarming film clips and photo mock-ups at www.floodlondon.com. For a less sensational take on the subject and to see if your area is at risk of flooding see the Environment Agency’s website.
In response to the flooding, the Environment Agency said: ‘[they] continuously monitors the weather, tides and river, and the river levels did not reach a point where it would have become necessary to operate the Thames Barrier.’ Phew!
Thanks to Arin Alldridge for the pics