River overflowing

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Friday 16 December 2005 2.51pm
Has anyone seen the river overflowing today? It seems that it has done so along the Butlers Wharf frontage,
Friday 16 December 2005 3.20pm
When I saw your message I hot-footed it round to Bankside - and sure enough they've had a flood there at the Frost Fair, taking out the power supply for a time...

What's it like at Butler's Wharf?

If anyone's got any photos, please email them to james.hatts@banksidepress.com

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Friday 16 December 2005 3.23pm
i'm on the phone to floodline at the moment. it flooded Kalmar's office at Dockhead - that is the worst I have seen - however it is not good news!
Friday 16 December 2005 3.28pm
Flood watch timed at 11.30:
http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/subjects/flood/floodwarning/23_T_2?time=1134732600

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Friday 16 December 2005 3.35pm
Thanks alot for that James - but it does'nt do us much good if the river really overflows. If that happened all the tubes would be out and most of Southwark would be under water!
This is the first time I can remember it happening since I started working in the area in 1974.
Friday 16 December 2005 4.34pm
That would explain the fire engine appearing to be pumping water out of the Mayflower in Rotherhithe, I cycled past an hour ago.
Friday 16 December 2005 5.11pm
How did the water get over the wall
Friday 16 December 2005 5.12pm
This is an excerpt from the Environment Agency site regarding the Thames barrier -

The Flood Threat
"There was last night the greatest tide that was ever was remembered in England to have been in this River all Whitehall having been drowned"
Thus wrote Samuel Pepys in his diary on 7th December 1663.

http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/regions/thames/323150/335688/341764/341767/?lang=_e

Friday 16 December 2005 5.14pm
Mickey
I'm not sure that it did come over the wall - probably more likely through cracks in the defence wall or through the drains. Sorry not to be more explicit.
Friday 16 December 2005 6.09pm
Now updated with more details and a couple of pictures:
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/1912

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