‘Flood’ the movie;
A new film called ‘Flood’, to be released this August, is based on a book written by Guernsey-born Richard Doyle, now living on Dartmoor. He wrote the book in 2003 after spending two-and-a-half years researching the issue. The author has said he believes there is a real threat to the capital. He has called for the government to take “its head out of the sand”.
In scenes that may no longer be dismissed as far-fetched, the film is to follow what would happen if the Thames Barrier was overwhelmed and imagines how London would look if it was deluged by a surge of water.
See the movie trailer of Flood here. It’s powerful, it’s pure drama. Is it realistic, is it possible? You decide.
Westminster City Council reviews its flood plan;
Landmark buildings in central London – including Parliament, Whitehall and Scotland Yard – are to be reassessed for potential flood vulnerability.
Westminster’s head of contingency planning, Brian Blake, said: “Central London is very well protected thanks to the Thames Barrier to the east and Teddington Weir to the west. But given the uncertainty created by climate change and the intensity of some of the downpours we’ve had recently, it is only prudent to review our plans.”
Two weeks of sustained heavy rainfall could cause severe problems as drains, underground rivers and river defences struggle to cope, the council said.
As part of the review, the council’s flood review experts will explore the capacity of two hidden river systems, the Tyburn and the Westbourne, to withstand major flooding.
It will also investigate whether any further defences are necessary, such as strengthening or raising riverside walls, building further sewerage diversion tunnels or expanding existing ones.
The data collected in the review will be fed to other organisations and used to create a co-ordinated response to a flood which protects the life and wellbeing of the public and ensures minimal environmental and property damage.
Source quoted; here.
Check out London Resilience. They appear to be trying to warn Londoners of the effects on the capital of impending climatic chaos! Not sure their weather presumptions are correct though.