Thames Barrier strike could lead to 30ft London floods in worst case scenario

The Thames Barrier strike could lead to 30ft floods in central London in the worst case scenario, according to reports.

The barrier's operators plan to strike when tides will be at their highest next month, raising the prospect of extreme floods.

There is a chance water could swamp buildings in Westminster, the O2 Arena, Tower Bridge and communities near the river such as the Isle of Dogs, Southwark, Whitechapel and West Ham, reports say.

Thames Barrier staff are due to strike between September 2 and 8 and September 23 to 29 over low wages.

A source told The Sun: "They will be striking at the highest tides of the month leaving London open to flooding if the Thames Barrier cannot be closed.

“Unison has been working with other Environment Agency (EA) staff over the past few months and more than 3,000 EA employees are set to take part in the ongoing strike action.

“The goodwill of EA staff suspending action to help with major events has run dry as it has not been recognised by the Environment Agency or the government.”

Workers at the Environment Agency, which runs the Thames Barrier, are in a pay dispute with their employer.

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