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Thames Barrier closes to protect London from flooding

Earth News: London

Jan 23, 2007
The Environment Agency closed the Thames Barrier yesterday (22 January) at 12 noon to protect London from high spring tides and tidal surges in the Thames estuary.
The closure was the third time in four days that the Thames barrier has been closed to protect London from flooding, with closures having taken place at 8.30am on Friday 19 January and at 11.00am on Sunday 21 January.
Nine flood watches in force
The Environment Agency currently has nine Flood Watches in force across London and the Thames Valley following the recent storms, with high winds and heavy rainfall in places. Northerly winds have also swung around and were expected to increase tidal levels by up to 0.6metres yesterday afternoon, resulting in the decision to close the Thames Barrier.

TORRENTIAL RAINS/ FLOODING
"Many bridges have collapsed and others may collapse at any minute. Many, many homes have been destroyed and others flooded" - Faustino Sebastiao
ANGOLA, MOZAMBIQUE - Flooding has killed at least 44 people and forced thousands of others in Angola and Mozambique to flee their homes. The majority of the deaths occurred in and around Angola's capital, Luanda, which was pelted by torrential rains last week. "Many bridges have collapsed and others may collapse at any minute. Many, many homes have been destroyed and others flooded." In Tchicala-Tcholoanga, 45km outside Huambo in central Angola, floodwaters swept away an estimated 70 houses, leaving around 350 people homeless. In central Mozambique, some 3,500 people sought shelter after their homes were submerged. "The situation has reached alarming proportions because the downpour reached 345 mm in just one day ... all suburbs in the city are under water."
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