London weather: Flood warning in place for today as Thames Barrier forced to close

London weather: Flood warning in place for today as Thames Barrier forced to close

The Thames Barrier will be closed today in a bid to stop river levels from overtopping defences.

It comes as flood warnings have been issued for parts of the river Thames as river levels are expected to rise as a result of spring tides from Putney Bridge to Teddington Weir.

According to the Environmental Agency, forecasted high tide at Richmond is set to be 4.70m Above Ordnance Datum (AOD) at 3pm on Monday and 5.03mAOD at 3am on Tuesday.

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The Government alert added: “Flooding of low-lying roads and footpaths is expected, which may exist for one to two hours either side of high tide. Flooding of properties is not expected.

“We believe there is a possibility of flooding for Putney Embankment (SW15), Chiswick Mall and Strand on the Green (W4), Thames Bank at Mortlake (SW14), Ranelagh Drive (TW1), Friars Lane and Water Lane (TW9), Riverside and The Embankment at Twickenham, and the Towpath below Teddington Lock.”

July last year saw severe flooding

Last year, London saw flash floods from July 12 to 25 with 120 Kensington and Chelsea residents being evacuated from their homes.

The London Flood Review, commissioned by Thames Water and launched on Tuesday is set to determine the “effects and causes” of the floods in 2021 and will “assess how the drainage systems performed” and “recommend how the increasing risks of future flooding events can be managed”.

Mike Woolgar will chair the panel.

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He said: “The extreme flooding London experienced this past summer is likely indicative of events we may see more of under climate change.

“Flooding like this is frightening for those affected and the mess, losses and damages for so many people underlines just how important this review is.”

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