London Floods: Stunning Map Shows How Much Capital Could Be Underwater By 2030 | United Kingdom | New
London was hit by flash floods as parts of the capital saw more than a month of rain in a 24-hour period. Dramatic images posted on social media show streets underwater and submerged cars struggling to move in the downpour.
Metropolitan Police said Monday they had evacuated areas of the capital due to “flooded properties” and “collapsed ceilings”. Roads were closed and train services were canceled as people were warned not to leave their homes unless they had to.
The United Nations Environment Program warned in 2019 that severe flooding and extreme weather events will become more frequent due to climate change and rising sea levels.
And, according to a disturbing analysis by Climate Central, large parts of London and original counties bordering the Thames will be underwater by 2030.
Judging from an interactive map, a huge section of Essex west of London will be topped by a swollen Thames, submerging a number of the city’s most famous buildings and areas.
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Here are the areas that will be most affected:
Danger zones: Dagenham, Barking, Ilford, Abbey Wood, Thamesmead, Rainham, East Ham, Plaistow, Forest Gate, Canning Town, Stratford, Hackey to Tottenham, Leyton, Lee Valley, Poplar, Greenwich, Canary Wharf, Lime House , The Isle of Dogs.
Major roads, including the A406 and A13, will be submerged and thousands of homes in the region will be in trouble if the forecast holds true.
Attractions such as Stratford Westfield, London Olympic Stadium, Reach Power Station and London City Airport are also under threat.
Danger zones: Deptford, Rotherhithe, Bermondsey, Camberwell, Walworth, Vauxhall Lambeth, Battersea, Wandsworth.
The red zone stretches all the way to Peckham on the map, which means a good part of the south will be underwater.
The oval cricket ground will likely be destroyed and the Imperial War Museum and the University of Southbank in London will likely suffer water damage.
Danger zones: Chelsea, Fulham, Hammersmith, Shephard’s Bush, Chiswick, Grove Park, Mortlake, Kew, Brentford, Isleworth, Richmond, Twickenham.
Battersea Park Children’s Zoo, Charing Cross Hospital and Chelsea Football Club are in danger.
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Essex and Kent
Danger zones: Dartford, Purfleet, Grays, Tilbury, Gravesend, Canvey Island, Leigh-on-sea, Westcliff-on-sea, Shoeburyness, South Wooden Ferrers, Wickford, Burnham-on-Crouch, Deal, Rochester.
The Lakeside shopping center in Thurrock is expected to be partially flooded and the docks at Tilbury will be in very deep water.
Further offshore, the popular Adventure Island tourist attraction in Southend is located in the Red Zone, along with many beach destinations along the stretch.
According to experts in the field, sea level rise is inevitable, but there are ways to slow it down through recycling, using less energy and reducing your overall carbon footprint.
Additional reporting by Ellena Cruse.