Bristol City Plans to Build New Tidal Wave Defense


Bristol City Council is planning to build a Thames Barrier style tidal wave defense to prevent water surge over the whole city.

There are around 1,000 properties in Bristol City which are at risk to a sudden outbreak of a tidal wave, according to the council.

The council has revealed that they are planning to consider the idea of building a barrier to reduce the flood risk in the said city. They are eyeing to pattern the design of the Thames Barrier which is blocking the water of Thames River.

Patrick Goodey from the council stated that the barrier will only be closed when there is high tide and will be open all the time.

The Thames Barrier has been built with 10 gates made of steel, and it crosses Thames River which is lying flat on the river bed when it is open, and it can only be closed by being rotated upwards to prevent the water entry.

In July 1968, numerous thunderstorms devastated the city of Bristol and the low land areas were heavily flooded.

According to Mr. Goodey, they had started to install significant infrastructure to alleviate the cause of flooding problems since then. And then finally, they are now planning to set up barriers and fences.

Mr. Goodey also assured that flooding will no longer be as bad as the 1968 event because there are already a number of tunnels throughout the city which can divert the flood water. He also disclosed that they will make a combination of riverfront fences and a barrier.

The recorded population of Bristol in 2014 is around 440,000, and there was an enormous growth since then. In fact, it was listed to be the 6th most populous city in England. Bristol is also one of the cities which show rapid infrastructure and economic growth over the country. Thus, it would be best to control flood risk to avoid tremendous catastrophic incident over the city.


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