Thames tidal flood defence inspection under way

The Environment Agency has begun a detailed inspection of Thames tidal flood defences to ensure the system is fit for purpose

The Thames Barrier (photograph: R~P~M/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 via Flickr)The Environment Agency (EA) has started detailed engineering and structural investigations into the condition of tidal flood defences in London and the Thames estuary.  

The defences to be inspected include the Thames Barrier and 350km of flood walls and embankments, smaller barriers, pumping stations and flood gates.

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