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The Thames Barrier at London, England

When unusually high tides on the North Sea cause the River Thames to rise, the Thames Barrier, made up of 10 steel gates, prevents it from flooding London. Spanning 520 meters across the river, it is one of the largest movable flood barriers in the world. The deadly North Sea flood of 1953 prompted the construction of the barrier, which was opened in 1984.

The Thames Barrier prevents the floodplain of most of Greater London from being flooded by exceptionally high tides and storm surges moving up from the North Sea. It has been operational since 1984. When needed, it is closed during high tide; at low tide it can be opened to restore the river’s flow towards the sea. Built approximately 3 km due east of the Isle of Dogs, its northern bank is in Silvertown in the London Borough of Newham and its southern bank is in the New Charlton area of the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
Address: Unity Way, London SE18 5NJ
Phone: 020 8854 1373
Opened: 1984
Thames Barrier, London, England - Feb 2010
The barrier from Silvertown on the north bank of the river during normal operation looking across to New Charlton.