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London plan to address flooding risk

"Flooding is a very real threat for significant numbers of people in London and London needs a robust and sustainable response to address this now to avoid an even bigger problem in the future.

The plan contains some key measures which, if implemented in a timely way and correctly, will be of real benefit.

The net increase in London's green infrastructure will not only make London a better place to live but will also reduce the amount of rainwater entering the sewer system and hence reduce the risk of flooding."

– Cllr Julian Bell, Chair, London Councils' Transport and Environment Committee

London "at risk of major flooding"

The capital is "at risk of major flooding" unless something is done to support the over-capacity sewer system, according to a new report.

The new research supported by the Major of London, Thames Water, the Environment Agency and London Councils calls for the capital's public spaces to be transformed into green areas which will help absorb surface water after rainfall.

17% of permeable ground has been lost in London over the past 40 years as homeowners chose to cover their previously green lawns with concrete. This means that water which used to be absorbed is now directed towards sewers which are unable to cope with the strain.


Flood victim pays £70,000 to raise house

The view from the house during floods in February Credit: Yaron Ivry

A man's spent tens of thousands of pounds raising his house 1.5 metres after it was flooded when the Thames burst its banks at Wraysbury. The Ivry family home was filled with water for almost two months from December 2013 to February 2014.

Flood water fells a tree in the Ivry's garden Credit: Yaron Ivry

"We lived in a continuous anxiety with no time for work nor normal family life. Once flooded, we had to leave our home and since then live in a serviced apartment in Wraysbury Hall. We are determined not to have this experience ever again."

– Yaron Ivry
The house Yaron Ivry hasn't lived in since February Credit: Yaron Ivry

Structural engineers were brought in to work out how to lift the 50-tonne house with 30 hydraulic jacks, all synchronised by a computerised system. The project is finally finished, with the family planning to move back in sometime this month.

The Ivry's dog is carried to safety from the flood Credit: Yaron Ivry

Campaign to improve Thames defences launched

Flooding in Surrey in February 2014 Credit: Twitter/@eagleradio

Seven local authorities who were hit by February's flooding have joined together to ask for £265 million river defences from the Government.

Homes in South Avenue, Egham were flooded in February 2014 Credit: ITV News/Simon Harris

Surrey, Richmond, Kingston, Windsor and Maidenhead, Elmbridge, Spelthorne and Runnymede councils have agreed to create a business case for the River Thames Scheme, to protect riverside homes and businesses by building a flood channel and improving three weirs.


Residents urge for Government to bid for flood aid

The government is being asked to bid for up to £400 million from a European fund to help parts of the South East hit by flooding this winter.

MEPs will use a debate in the European parliament later to call on the UK government to apply for flood aid.

Catherine Bearder, MEP for the South East, has started collecting signatures in a petition urging the government to bid, which has received over 1000 signatures already.

Satellite image shows surface water runoff after floods

The dark brown area shows the surface water runoff from the recent floods. It happens when the soil is so saturated excess water from rain flows over the land.

Three-foot deep sinkhole appears in south London street

A sinkhole has appeared in a street in south London. The Sutton Guardian reports the hole is around three feet deep and swallowed the wheel of a car in Maldon Road in Wallington.

Sinkholes are caused when the underlying rock is washed away - more exactly by the acid picked up by rain water as it passes through rotting vegetation.

That creates cavities underground which streams can flow through - the more water that flows the quicker the erosion.

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