Sunday, 11 November 2007

THE FLOOD THAT DID NOT COME AND THE FILM IN WHICH IT DID

KENT PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 11th November 2007 –
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The combined high tide and tidal surge that battered Kent’s coastline around Sandwich and Ramsgate was forecast to be worse. Fortunately, it proved 20 centimetres lower than expected, saving a lot of Eastern England from inundation. The newly-released film Flood (1), in a case of art anticipating life, also has a high tide and tidal surge combination dramatically overwhelming the Thames Barrier and flooding central London.

Steve Dawe comments:

“We were very lucky. If the combined tidal surge and high tide had been higher, then those parts of the Kent coastline with the least coastal protection would have flooded. The events of the last week have been anticipated by the film Flood, just released on DVD, starring David Suchet, Joanna Whalley and Robert Carlyle. In the film, the combination of high tide and tidal surge overwhelms the Thames Flood Barrier and floods central London. This is a fine piece of drama as it illustrates the dependence of London upon the Barrier(2). But large sections of the Kent coastline have no equivalent defence.


“The Environment Agency told the Government it needed a £1 billion a year for flood and coastal protection during the 2007 floods. It has been promised £800 million a year. Future protection of Kent requires a consistent protection of our coastline as global warming raises sea levels and Eastern England continues to sink slowly over time. Research on climate change suggests Kent may lose 230 sq km of land by 2080, since each millimetre of sea level rise corresponds to an inward shoreline movement of 1.5 metres(3).”

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FURTHER INFORMATION: Steve Dawe on 01732 355185/0845 257 4236 or mobile 07747 036192. Contact address as above.

Notes:
1. Just released on DVD.
2. Planning for a new Barrier is beginning. It is believed it will cost £25 billion to create, making it the UK’s most expensive project at more than double the cost of the Channel Tunnel. Debate continues on the exact location of a new Barrier.
3. Caroline Lucas – Living in the South East: a consultation response to the Regional Economic Strategy 2006-2016 – www.carolinelucasmep.org.uk

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