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Thousands more people at risk as sea levels in Thames estuary continue to rise

PUBLISHED: 11:52 13 October 2016

Thames Estuary looking towards Kent

Thames Estuary looking towards Kent

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More than £275billion worth of residential propoerty is at risk of flooding

More people are at risk of flooding along the Thames estuary, a report has found.

Sea levels in the estuary have continued to rise to levels predicted by the Environemnt Agency.

The agency has conducted its latest review of tidal flood risk indicators, and discovered more homes and people are at risk.

More than £275billion worth of homes are at risk, an increase of £75billion since the agency’s last review as part of its TE2100 plan.

The plan was created to help establish the river’s potential flood risks.

In its latest review, the Environment Agency warned that up to 50,000 more people are now living within the tidal floodplain in London and the Thames estuary.

The increase brings the total number of people at risk up to 1.3million.

Despite more homes and people being at risk, the actual likelihood of flooding has not increased, and 98 per cent of flood defence structures in the estuary are currently in good or fair condition.

“This report shows show that we can monitor how flood risk in the estuary is changing” said Howard Davidson, operations director at the Environment Agency.

“This is fundamental to continuing to manage that risk and keep people safe.

“It also shows that the scenarios and models used to create the Thames Estuary 2100 Plan are still valid.

“It gives us and our partners, who have a role in reducing flood risk, confidence to continue the actions set out in the plan; maintaining a high standard of protection for London and estuary communities.”

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