Thames Barrier to close again as heavy rains lash country

Thames Barrier to close again as heavy rains lash country

Thames Barrier to close again as heavy rains lash country

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THE Thames Barrier will close again this afternoon (Jan 3) in response to heavy rains across the area.

A closure will take place at midday and the barrier is expected to remain closed for four hours, the Environment Agency says.

The barrier was also closed yesterday in response to the incoming rains and high winds.

Many major roads were flooded, while trains to and from Gatwick Airport in West Sussex were among those affected by storm-related problems.

Southern and south west England, Wales and Scotland bore the brunt of the adverse weather, while travellers whose services were running normally had to contend with wind and rain on the way to work.

Electrical supply problems at South Croydon in south London meant delays of up to 40 minutes on trains between Gatwick Airport and East Croydon, while a signalling problem at Dorking in Surrey led to hold-ups between Dorking and Leatherhead.

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12:28pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Techvedic says...

Why the nature reacted in such a cruel manner? What bad have we done? Where we went wrong? It's time of self-retrospection and act, and maintain a harmonious relationship with the ecosystem. (Editor Techvedic)
Why the nature reacted in such a cruel manner? What bad have we done? Where we went wrong? It's time of self-retrospection and act, and maintain a harmonious relationship with the ecosystem. (Editor Techvedic) Techvedic
  • Score: -12

3:17pm Sat 4 Jan 14

SidcupResident says...

On the other hand, this has so far been one of the mildest winters (temparature wise) i've ever known, with double figures throughout december and now into January. I've hardly had my heating on!

I suppose when there's no snow, black ice on roads, sub-zero temperatures etc. the media need something to keep us petrified and ruled by fear...

Something tells me that the energy companies knew more about the long-term weather forecast than the Met office themselves. Hence the double-digit percentage energy price increases...
On the other hand, this has so far been one of the mildest winters (temparature wise) i've ever known, with double figures throughout december and now into January. I've hardly had my heating on! I suppose when there's no snow, black ice on roads, sub-zero temperatures etc. the media need something to keep us petrified and ruled by fear... Something tells me that the energy companies knew more about the long-term weather forecast than the Met office themselves. Hence the double-digit percentage energy price increases... SidcupResident
  • Score: 3

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