Back in July I went, for one reason or another, on a meandering bike ride. I ended up here:
My bike. And the Thames Barrier
The Thames Barrier is apparently the world’s second largest movable flood barrier (I believe the Dutch have the largest immovable such barrier: most of Holland is actually a giant dyke). I’ve never seen in it action; not even Thursday night when we were skirting Stormageddon and flying back into my favourite aerodrome—as the Barrier is west of the runway you only tend to get views of it on takeoff.
But it does spring into action, and yesterday the Environment Agency reported it closed against the highest tide since it was completed in 1984. What would have happened if the Barrier wasn’t there, or if it hadn’t closed?
Take another look at that—the red rectangle is the approximate location of my (ground floor) flat.