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UK Power Networks builds £2M flood barrier

Energy company UK Power Networks has this week nearly completed installation of a £2M flood barrier around a West Ham electricity substation.

The project started in response to a report on the 2007 summer floods and subsequent flood mapping exercises. The barrier will consist of a concrete wall inside the substation perimeter.

“While the risks of the River Thames flooding are relatively small, due to the Thames flood barrier, this project will mitigate a known risk,” said UK Power Networks senior project manager John Nagle.

“With some forward planning and investment we aim to be better prepared in the future for unpredictable natural events.”

Work began last year and is to be finished in May.

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