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NCE Live News Updates Tuesday 10 December: Tidal surge broke records; London 'will choke' without Crossrail 2


The article on the tidal surge is anomalous. The map of London has a caption which states that it represents the area which WOULD have been flooded without the barrier whereas it really shows the extent of the land which is below the measured level of the tidal surge. The article states that this was the highest tide since the completion of the barrier in 1984 but the previous flood defences, still in existence, withstood the 1953 flood and another in 1970 which was within 6" of the 1953 mark. I was at the Ranelagh Sailing Club on Putney Embankment during that flood with the water about 2ft deep in the boat store under the clubhouse and witnessed the level relative to the mark on the doors which shows the level of the 1953 flood. The true caption would be that this would have been the extent of the flood if no defenses existed and even this would probably not be true in that it takes time and water to occupy that extent and the level would have been lower if the water was not restrained which is the reason that the defences were increased downstream of the barrier to withstand the reflected wave caused by the barrier itself. Archie Campbell

Posted date

10 December, 2013

Posted time

10:57 am