The London Resilience Partnership, a coalition of key agencies (Government, City of London…), prepared the “London Flood Response Strategic Plan”. The objective is to “ensure a coordinated response to a flood, which will protect life and well-being with the mitigation of property and environmental damage as a strong supporting objective”.
The primary focus is on both tidal flooding from the River Thames and on fluvial flooding from tributaries that flow into the River Thames in London. The procedures also apply to surface water flooding resulting from excessive rainfall.
People surprised by flash floods in West London in May 2001.
In January 7th, 1928, the Thames Embankment Wall in Hammersmith burst under water pressure.
In January 1928, a stream of water was flowing down Central London streets. Here is a picture of Grosvenor road in 1928 after the flood receeded.
Here is an interesting picture of how London would look after a 1 metre rise in sea level, which may happen over the next century according to an expert from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.
The red areas are the most dangerous place to stay in London according to the Royal Geographical Society.
Here are the areas at medium risk of flooding.
If you live near the Thames in London, here are the areas where you are safe from floods.
150 kilometres of high walls are built along the Thames to protect the city.
The Thames Barrier was built across the Thames to prevent London flooding. It became operational in October 1982.