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Thames reaches highest level in ten years

Posted at 6:25 pm, January 14, 2014 in News
thames path greenwich © Arin Alldridge

If you live next to the Thames, now might be the time to invest in a good pair of wellies. It was announced this week that the stretch of the river that runs between Hampton Court and Staines is the highest it’s been since January 2013. But before you start building an ark, don’t worry – the Environment Agency is confident it has it all under control. It’s monitoring the Thames closely and says that, although high, water levels are stable and Barry the Thames Barrier will not be raised. (Here’s a map showing which areas would be flooded in a storm surge if the barrier wasn’t there.)

Alison Baptiste, Flood and Coastal Risk Manager for the Environment Agency, said: ‘River levels are starting to drop a little in some places, but they are still very high along the River Thames. We are monitoring the situation closely with particular attention to communities in Surrey. Environment Agency teams continue to work around the clock monitoring river levels, clearing watercourses, and working with communities to make them aware of their flood risk.  We want to stress to residents that the risk of further flooding has not passed and they should remain vigilant.’

So keep your eyes peeled and let’s all hope we don’t end up here:

© Robert Graves and Didier Madoc-Jones, aerial photograph Jason Hawkes

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