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Thousands of London homes face flood threat

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Environment

Thousands of London homes face flood threat Thousands of London homes face flood threat

The Environment Agency has identified 24,000 homes throughout Greater London at risk of flooding.

Though 10,000 of the properties are covered by current flood prevention plans - subject to finding £100,000,000 over the next 10 years - 14,000 remain at significant risk.

During an update on the capital’s flood risk preparation, London Assembly members were told that measures currently in place, including the Thames Barrier, will continue to protect the tidal floodplain, which covers large parts of central London, for at least the next 20 years.

Murad Qureshi AM, chair of the environment committee, said; “We are reassured that the combination of factors required to cause a catastrophic flood in Central London are extremely unlikely. We also welcome progress with reducing the risk of flooding from extreme rainfall. We certainly don’t wish to tempt fate but what we heard today should confirm to Londoners that the recent ‘freaky’ weather has been factored-in to flood prevention planning.”

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