Spending cuts could hit Thames flood defences

THE London Assembly is worried about Government spending cuts threatening measures to protect properties at risk of flooding along the Thames.

Environment Agency bosses are being quizzed today (Thurs) at City Hall about how changes to their Whitehall funding could affect flood risk management.

The Assembly’s environment committee wan ts to know what role Boris Johnson should play as London Mayor to protect these properties.

It is estimated that 100,000 properties in low-lying areas are at risk from the river over-flowing its banks and up to 680,000 at risk from surface water flooding. Areas prone to flooding in East London include parts of Wapping, Limehouse and the Isle of Dogs.

Today’s meeting is open to the public and begins at 10am in the main Chamber at City Hall, near Tower Bridge.

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