London flooding: Passengers rescued from car in Worcester Park
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A dramatic map shows that areas of West London including Baron’s Court, White City and Fulham, and Canary Wharf and Poplar in Tower Hamlets in East London will be among those worst affected. Experts at Climate Central have produced a map showing the areas likely to be flooded regularly due to the effects of sea-level rise and coastal flood threats.
Predominantly those affected are situated in areas next to the River Thames’ path across the capital, and areas coloured red on the map indicate those predicted to be under the annual flood level by 2030
The data also shows that parts of East London will be plagued by the flooding, including most of Newham and Barking & Dagenham.
Most areas situated along the riverbanks will be below the annual flood level and at risk of regular flooding within the next ten years.
Those surrounding the river would be submerged if the Thames burst its barriers and flood defences were unable to stop the flow of water.
The data also doesn’t take into account factors such as “erosion, future changes in the frequency or intensity of storms, inland flooding, or contributions from rainfall or rivers” meaning the impact on areas could be worse than anticipated.
Hammersmith and Fulham Council claims that the Thames Barrier and river wall protects the borough from flooding, but it is not known how much protection this will offer in the long term.
A council spokesperson previously spoke about the issue with the Local Democracy Reporting Service saying: “Although the borough is low-lying and projected to be below annual river flood levels, the Thames Barrier and river wall currently protect London and the borough from river flooding.”
Residents from Hammersmith Terrace, in West London, have spoken out about fears that it will be one of the first to disappear underwater.
Husband and wife Christopher and Lotte Moore have lived on the street for 60 years but have not witnessed severe flooding since moving into the property.
In an interview with My London, the pair claimed they’ve become less anxious about the situation as they’ve grown older at their residence.
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Mr Moore said: “Firstly, we’ll be dead and buried. Secondly, they’d work hard to get another barrier.
“It would be enormously expensive but still cheaper than raising the wall all the way along.
“With the barrier that relieves a certain amount of anxiety but if it did overflow our wall there would be a lot of devastation further down and further up.”
The couple were more concerned about the wellbeing of their daughter, should she move into the property in the future.
Mrs Moore said: “I would be very worried for her because if she moved in and it was all flooded she’d be very sad.”
The couple claims the terrace property flooded in 1928 and housemaids were rumoured to have drowned in the basement, but the experience of the couple at their home has been less severe.
Mr Moore said that part of their garden wall had fallen into the river in the past, and in 1955 the tide rose to the top of the wall.
A nearby street called Chiswick Mall that runs right alongside the river has been the victim of flooding in the past according to the resident, which he said always flooded during high spring tides and he would row down the route as a child.
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