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Housing could be moved to escape rising Thames


LOCAL AUTHORITY housing in ood-prone areas of the Thames Estuary could be demolished and moved, the Environment Agency said this week.

'It will be a difficult pill for many local authorities to swallow, ' explained the EA's ood risk policy adviser Rachael Hill.

'Some of these areas will come up for regeneration in 20 or 30 years' time and it could be that our recommendation would be not to regenerate in those areas, but to demolish and rebuild somewhere else, ' she said.

Hill was speaking to delegates at NCE's Future of Flood Management conference in London this week.

The Agency has our models for how climate change could affect the Thames Estuary. The worst case scenario predicts that the Thames Barrier could be used for every single tide by 2050.

But Hill denied that the proposed Thames Gateway scheme would have to be scrapped even though it sits in an area identied as prone to ooding by the Association of British Insurers.

She said that the scheme would be workable even under the most extreme climate change models. 'I absolutely believe in the Thames Gateway - 1.2M people already live there, without emergency and detailed ood plans.'

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