Thames Flood Barrier

  • Published on Nov 27, 2013
  • The Thames Barrier is the world's second-largest movable flood barrier (after the Oosterscheldekering in the Netherlands) and is located downstream of central London, United Kingdom. Operational since 1982, its purpose is to prevent the floodplain of all but the easternmost boroughs of Greater London from being flooded by exceptionally high tides and storm surges moving up from the North Sea. When needed, it is closed (raised) during high tide; at low tide it can be opened to enhance the river's flow towards the sea.
    Built approximately 3 km due east of the Isle of Dogs, its northern bank is in Silvertown in the London Borough of Newham and its southern bank is in the New Charlton area of the Royal Borough of Greenwich. The report of Sir Hermann Bondi on the North Sea flood of 1953 affecting parts of the Thames Estuary and parts of London was instrumental in the building of the barrier.
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Comments • 240

  • TomBatch
    TomBatch 13 days ago

    Way more than a million people in London 😂

  • Shark Hunt
    Shark Hunt 19 days ago

    All it need for the final completion is a statue of Benny Hill

  • Joeylawn36111
    Joeylawn36111 Month ago

    "The single most important flood defense system in the world"
    The Dutch are saying "Nee"....

  • WoeWolfgirl
    WoeWolfgirl 2 months ago

    love the fact that you used a freaking typhoon as example for what causes the high tide, there are no typhoons in europe x)

  • CD8 Productions
    CD8 Productions 2 months ago +1

    0:37 lol they used Dalek sounds

  • Tara Gragg
    Tara Gragg 3 months ago

    This is cool.

  • Steven Agopian
    Steven Agopian 5 months ago +2

    My windows password display brought me here...

  • bassbuckmaster
    bassbuckmaster 6 months ago

    " 5 more minutes " " 5 more minutes " ... So when does global warming start to sink cities? " 5 more minutes ".

  • Ian McGreevy
    Ian McGreevy 7 months ago

    The shiny curved “domes” are intended to stop the barrier looking like a half-completed Bridge.

  • Paul C
    Paul C 10 months ago

    Funny thing, when that barrier is closed it will overwhelm the those dilapidated other structures. It will flow around it.

    RR PLAN C 10 months ago

    7 gates eh.. 7 you say.

  • the chickenmaster
    the chickenmaster 10 months ago

    "singel most important flood system" but what if it isnt because the bigger one litterally protects millions of people and about a quarter of a country

  • mulattokid johnson
    mulattokid johnson 10 months ago

    Before this was completed, we had flood drills every year. I remember all the old air raid sirens going off in a test in 1977. That was something to hear! The sirens were sounded 1 hours before expected topping of the river walls.

  • Tamiya Tyro
    Tamiya Tyro Year ago

    KrisRaps Perhaps you should use brains and do a web search for American Innovations. Your little brain might be surprised.

    • Rob Fraser
      Rob Fraser Year ago

      The TV dinner and the beer cap?

  • Carl Lohmann
    Carl Lohmann Year ago

    A terrorists dream

  • Dogurasu
    Dogurasu Year ago +1

    A barrier built because of unusually high tide that flooded London and other parts of Europe that killed thousands of people and sank hundreds of ships in 1953..
    If that had happened today, they would blame "global warming". :D

  • Donovan B
    Donovan B Year ago

    Is it also fitted with a highway just like the Oosterscheldekering in the Netherlands?

  • Harry Stevens
    Harry Stevens Year ago

    They should paint it pink.........

  • Richard James Lengthon

    This is the ”thems” water barrier!

  • seri Bard
    seri Bard Year ago

    too much talking then watching

  • seri Bard
    seri Bard Year ago

    very very cool video

  • Gregory Kemi
    Gregory Kemi Year ago

    I love the annoying way the speaker talks

  • Satwik V
    Satwik V Year ago

    Who cares bout this crap. My bathtub water gates are much more impressive.

  • Lee Fall
    Lee Fall Year ago

    Those fake hydraulic sound effects must have taken someone ages...

  • OK - 09ZZ - John Fraser SS (2652)

    Stolen video

  • Oisín
    Oisín Year ago

    London’s population is sixteen million this Guy is an idiot

    • Rob Fraser
      Rob Fraser Year ago

      1:25 16 million people don't live in the yellow area...

  • Mickeyminime
    Mickeyminime Year ago

    When the water levels rise, the barrier will be usless

  • The Bismarck
    The Bismarck Year ago

    Yes but can it protect against martians hmmmmmm

  • ActsisMMLJ CorrectlyObeyed

    I know, I know "global warming" right? Pffft

  • Roman
    Roman Year ago +6

    I didn't get the idea of this until I heard the "whirring" stock sound 20 times.

  • RochRich
    RochRich Year ago

    The comments section is saltier than the sea.

  • QuantumBullet
    QuantumBullet Year ago

    Save billions?

    • Frog Punx
      Frog Punx Year ago +1

      QuantumBullet of pounds mate

    NIKDM Year ago +48

    0:30 they put a jet sound over a turboprop engine

  • Leshiy
    Leshiy Year ago

    stick a wrench in one of those when a flood is nearby and you got yourself a flooded london

    • Frog Punx
      Frog Punx Year ago +1

      Leshiy good luck getting it into a hydraulic pump you pillock

  • Michael C
    Michael C Year ago

    Thames or Tems?

    • Rob Fraser
      Rob Fraser Year ago +2

      Also in British English we say the word river before the name, so if you ever say "the Thames river" over here instead of "the river Thames" you will be corrected and slapped a single time across your face with a glove/gauntlet :D

    • Mr Goat
      Mr Goat Year ago +1

      Pronounced as tems

  • solatiumz
    solatiumz Year ago +2

    It would be better it if were swamped IMO.

    • PikaPluff2040
      PikaPluff2040 Year ago

      Well are you dumb? London is a city with millions and its a important world economy. I personally wouldn't want to live there because its so big, and full of concrete, but respect it.

    • solatiumz
      solatiumz Year ago

      Aww, do you need a safe space? Are you triggered?

    • AzerGhost16
      AzerGhost16 Year ago +2

      solatiumz fuck off

  • MattaMatics101
    MattaMatics101 Year ago

    And that is why people what happened in that movie "Flood" is a bit over the top.

    • jesse jam tart
      jesse jam tart 5 months ago

      I think in the film there wasn't enough time to turn on the underspill and at the end it wouldn't have worked as they need the control panel in the tower which was cut off

  • The Rust Admin
    The Rust Admin Year ago

    the narration didn't really flow very well, he kept pausing unneccessarily like a robot voice would.

  • Raghu Reddy
    Raghu Reddy Year ago

    People shudnt build buildings near river banks .
    We can use river water . But no building s near few KMS of river bank .

    • Ollie
      Ollie Year ago

      Effectively all cities in Europe that are built in the medieval era and prior are built on a river. Rivers are the life line of cities and even somewhat today. Rivers were used for water, fishing, trade etc that’s why everything is built alongside rivers

  • Jurjen Ronner
    Jurjen Ronner Year ago +50

    You're welcome -Netherlands

    • AvariceUntied
      AvariceUntied 5 months ago

      @jeremy ray Zeeland only has some fish, London has Europe's Wall Street.

    • jeremy ray
      jeremy ray Year ago

      Remember, according to this guy, it's more important then yours...

    • Nuke 778
      Nuke 778 Year ago

      Jurjen Ronner what

      ARIHD ENAL Year ago +9

      Jurjen Ronner Thank You -UK

  • thalonelygirl
    thalonelygirl Year ago +2

    I love this! Bing pic of the day made me curious.

  • Steve Parker
    Steve Parker Year ago

    After the title comes, will fail one day.

    DEEREMEYER1 Year ago

    Uh, those "doubled-up" arms are moving independently and so are the gates. There is ONE shot where there are two gates in one position but there is only ONE link leading into the machinery house so even if the two "levers" are on the same shaft, if that link is what's driving the shaft and it breaks or the lever its attached to breaks, you're still screwed. And how is 90 minutes "quickly" getting the barrier out of the way of shipping? I'm guessing the FIVE WHOLE TIMES PER YEAR it functions are for maintenance. Yippee-skip. What's going to happen to it as far as maintenance needs if its suddenly having to operate 30 times a year? And did it ever occur to anyone that the "rising water levels" BEHIND the "barrier" are due to the RIVER CHANNEL SILTING IN AND FILLING UP SLOWLY WITH SEDIMENT CAUGHT BEHIND THE BARRIER? I GUARANTEE THAT'S WHAT'S HAPPENING JUST LIKE EVERY DAM IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD CAUSES SILT TO BACK UP BEHIND IT. AND THAT CLUSTERFUCK IS DEFINITELY A DAM AT THE BOTTOM OF THE RIVER.

    • solatiumz
      solatiumz Year ago

      It was closed 50 times in 2013-14...

    DEEREMEYER1 Year ago

    So what stopped flooding prior to 1983 and what happens when you block the river from the flood surge to keep it from backing up the river and in the process you stop the river so it backs up anyway? Water is going to run downstream no matter what. And there is no way in hell the whole clusterfuck is "watertight". And if the "storm surge" is powerful enough to cause FLOODING its going to be powerful enough to smash the dogshit out of that "barrier".

  • RobertsE
    RobertsE Year ago

    Actually there is a more important barrier it's in Tokyo you know that mega city with millions of people inside

    • chicken stripper
      chicken stripper 11 days ago

      Lmao London is the most important city in the world it hold all of Europe’s stocks and trading and is home to the U.K. parliament and royal family m which is responsible for 53 countries world wide

    • Rob Fraser
      Rob Fraser Year ago +1

      If Tokyo is a megacity then what is London? Seeing as it accounts for about a quarter of our entire population.

  • Fat Sausage
    Fat Sausage Year ago +69

    A hand crank?! Arm would fall off lmao

    • Cameron Eridan
      Cameron Eridan Year ago +1

      Thanks to the great power of engineering, you could move the entire planet with your finger with a lever long enough. A crank for raising a wee building-mass gate is not big deal. It just takes a considerable amount of time to do it by hand.

    • Sarge
      Sarge Year ago +6

      hydraulic force multipliers combined with the gates being in near perfect ballence or even possibly counter weighted means you could easily use a hand crank

  • Truck Taxi
    Truck Taxi Year ago +6

    Ugly, but extremely impressive

    • Alucard
      Alucard Year ago

      Louis Nonyourbuissnes why waste millions on something so petty?

    • Richard James Lengthon
      Richard James Lengthon Year ago

      Truck Taxi you’re still uglier

    • Jebus Christ
      Jebus Christ Year ago

      I doubt you are from 'London' though with spelling like that.

    • Louis Nonyourbuissnes
      Louis Nonyourbuissnes Year ago

      Truck Taxi itd not that bad (although I have sent 50 letters to the londen council to get it 're designed)

    • Coopa
      Coopa Year ago +4

      They aren't meant to be Pretty they're meant to be functional

  • Atlas
    Atlas Year ago +24

    1:20 Sorry but that's a Hurricane and we don't have these in Europe

    • ROSS MCC.
      ROSS MCC. 8 months ago

      @Mahmud Balazi Perhaps in SW Europe but definitely not in the North Sea (as it shows in the video), that would be impossible.

    • Richard James Lengthon
      Richard James Lengthon Year ago

      RevampedCloud Retarded child

    • Mahmud Balazi
      Mahmud Balazi Year ago +4

      Atlas ummm hurricanes hit Europe you know lmao

    • MattaMatics101
      MattaMatics101 Year ago

      Atlas Yeah, they're just trying to use the same scenario from the movie with Richard Carlyle.

  • Tay Arslan
    Tay Arslan Year ago +67

    Lol the Dutch delta works are much more impressive

    • chicken stripper
      chicken stripper 11 days ago

      Tay Arslan except that thames barrier is protecting the most important city in the wold

    • Ian McGreevy
      Ian McGreevy 7 months ago

      London is most famous for Money laundering

    • Ian McGreevy
      Ian McGreevy 7 months ago

      It is not designed to be impressive. Why do more than you need? One of the main contractors was Dutch.

    • Joshua Science
      Joshua Science 7 months ago

      Tay Arslan precies!

    • Cai Jones
      Cai Jones Year ago

      Vincent Kikkert if I got to your level, I would be underneath the sea

  • KrisRaps
    KrisRaps Year ago +5

    America Should Use Brains And Make Something Like This

    • ethanpet113
      ethanpet113 11 months ago

      If I'm not it avoid building its major hubs in the path of flood or hurricane, the only reason some major cities have arisen in those areas is because of tourism for pleasant weather and low real estate prices due to the risk of natural disaster.

  • Khalid azzayani
    Khalid azzayani Year ago +1

    I live in London

    • Mr Goat
      Mr Goat Year ago +1

      And here’s your cookie

  • zyxwvutsrqponmlkh
    zyxwvutsrqponmlkh Year ago +2

    Do they have to make it look so gay?

    • Frog Punx
      Frog Punx Year ago +3

      Says the dude with a furry icon but ok go off

    • Hobby Bobnobs
      Hobby Bobnobs Year ago +1

      It looked cool in the 80's lol

  • Donovan Jackson
    Donovan Jackson 2 years ago +7

    State of Louisiana need this we have flooding problems levels is worst infrastructure in the state, this will brings billions of dollars State of Louisiana as investment were is the blue print

    • Scottish Independence
      Scottish Independence Year ago +1

      Donovan Jackson So why has Louisiana continuously voted for Republican senators and, with the exception of the current governor, continuously voted Republican for governors? The democrats and Greens have both been advocating for barriers to be built along Plaquemines, St Bernard, New Orleans, St Tammany, La Fourche, Terrbonne, Iberia and St Mary; yet you continually vote against them which results in said floodings.

    • Scott Whitley
      Scott Whitley Year ago

      NERPolitan would need a system similar to the Dutch

    • NERPolitan
      NERPolitan Year ago

      This wouldn’t be effective in Louisiana because of how low the elevation is.

  • Alice Sacco
    Alice Sacco 2 years ago +2

    When i was in London, I saw those barriers from afar, and with the water that was very high on the other side. I didn't imagine it was for the tides.

  • Yvon-Sebastien Landais

    They should build these in Japan 🇯🇵to stop the tsunamis 🌊!

    • A Badass
      A Badass 2 years ago

      The tides usually rise by a few meters. The Sendai wave was 30 - 40 meters high and had massive force behind it (enough to carry whole buildings).

    • A Badass
      A Badass 2 years ago +1

      Yvon-Sebastien Landais A tide or a stormsurge is infinitely less powerful than a tsunami. A tsunami would just wash this away in seconds, and that's if it is not destroyed by the earthquake that usually comes first.

  • Will Melbourne
    Will Melbourne 2 years ago +1

    2:45 dalek :D

  • Zi Er Wong
    Zi Er Wong 2 years ago +5

    How many barriers are there ? :| ????

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      Alimaan Mohib 5 months ago


    • Enrico Pedini
      Enrico Pedini Year ago

      666 hihi

    • Ollie
      Ollie Year ago +1

      Poppy M but remember the majority of the Netherlands is at sea level and below. This flood barrier will be fine for another decade at least and anyway a new massive one is being built about further down stream

    • Adargi
      Adargi Year ago +1

      Their is plans in 2020 to build a much larger flood gate further down stream to replace the current dating one.

  • LJH
    LJH 2 years ago +32

    Well if terrorists come to London they know exactly what to target

    • BrandonGaming YT
      BrandonGaming YT Year ago

      why did you say that terrorists are going to take your advise

    • PotatoThief
      PotatoThief Year ago

      What strategic values does this mean to isis? None.
      They dont need to waste bombs on stupid structures, isis arent as dumb as you think.
      They are likely to bomb a military grounds/infastructure than to blow up a fucking Hobo living on a street.

    • Louis Nonyourbuissnes
      Louis Nonyourbuissnes Year ago

      Jampacked261 Xbox one yer ok I'm not good at spelling

    • Moxamallian Moos
      Moxamallian Moos Year ago

      Louis Nonyourbuissnes *Because* *London*

    • Louis Nonyourbuissnes
      Louis Nonyourbuissnes Year ago

      LJH there's a lot of security mostly becouse of one person (ally law) who climbs so many building illegally has more than doubled all security in londen and south hampton

  • Ben Richardson
    Ben Richardson 2 years ago +52

    1:14 role east enders

  • batman51
    batman51 2 years ago +4

    If you want to get an idea of what might have/still may happen, read "Deluge" by Richard Doyle!

    • Dansmodelworx
      Dansmodelworx Year ago

      batman51 I've read that book. Set in the seventies but still relevant especially when politicians are in denial about climate change and rising sea levels.

    • Duo Maxwell
      Duo Maxwell 2 years ago +1

      yea they made a tv movie of that book I believe with Robert Carlyle, pretty much a worst case scenario if the barrier ever gets breached.

    • leDespicable
      leDespicable 2 years ago

      or his other book called "Flood"

    • keiko909
      keiko909 2 years ago

      awesome book

  • Elijah Pisani
    Elijah Pisani 2 years ago +12

    it still doesnt protect ALL of london :( and i live in such a place, plus if a surge rushes up the Thames the water may "bounce" back from the barrier hitting everywhere east of the Thames barrier

    • chicken stripper
      chicken stripper 11 days ago

      It’s more to save the most important parts of London

    • Ian McGreevy
      Ian McGreevy 7 months ago

      The flood defences extend both sides downstream

    • Richard James Lengthon
      Richard James Lengthon Year ago +1

      Scottish Independence dumbass

    • Scottish Independence
      Scottish Independence Year ago

      Elijah Pisani Welcome to the world of Conservative priorities. Real Estate is more important than lives. The barrier could’ve been built further East, but the plans were put forward anyway by the Conservatives with the help of some Liberals, NI Unionists and rebel labour.

    • AKMS
      AKMS 2 years ago

      Elijah Pisani yeah wouldn't Newham and further east still be flooded and Greenwich east?

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  • DeathDragon Emperor
    DeathDragon Emperor 3 years ago +4

    Gr9 video

  • Maloy7800
    Maloy7800 3 years ago +27

    "The single most important flood-defense system in the world." GAWD, you gotta love the Brits. They think they are SO important. Their little damb protects a few hundred meters of high-value property. Dutch flood-defense system protects the entire country! And if you want high-value property, check out the real estate prices in St.Peterburg, Russia. Both of which are protected by a flood-control gates system MUCH larger and light years more complicated than this one.

    • Rob Fraser
      Rob Fraser Year ago

      Yeah, because this narrator clearly had a British accent...

    • sunshine lollipops and rainbows
      sunshine lollipops and rainbows Year ago

      ikr lol, he jealous much (I'm a late commenter don't judge)

    • sunshine lollipops and rainbows
      sunshine lollipops and rainbows Year ago

      DID YOU NOT LISTEN 3O SECONDS LATER?! this structure protects over 1 million people and billions in real estate. SO YEAH, its pretty important! i know u made that comment a year ago but

    • AzerGhost16
      AzerGhost16 Year ago

      Maloy7800 I think you are severely autistic

    • Humsamuel
      Humsamuel Year ago

      Maloy7800 most of London and Essex would constantly flood severely causing mass damage and death like the flood in the 1950s. It is very important

  • Younes Chennouf
    Younes Chennouf 3 years ago +2

    fuck you

    • Class 465
      Class 465 Year ago

      That's alot of context you got there bro

  • Joe90V
    Joe90V 3 years ago +7

    Shame it has to be narrated by a Spam.

  • John Houghton
    John Houghton 3 years ago +18

    Wiki how many times this thing has been closed? In the 1980s it was closed 4 times. During the 1990s this increased to 25 times. In the 2000's it was closed nearly 80 times.
    In 2013 and 2014 according to Wikipedia it was closed over 50 times.
    Scary times for Londoners.

    • john lewis
      john lewis 3 years ago +3

      Not really it is closed as a precaution usually when we get the big spring tides of march and april

  • MMOJunkie
    MMOJunkie 5 years ago +4

    shame it was built in the wrong place and next to useless

    • englishforeverr
      englishforeverr 5 years ago +12

      No its saved London many times your comment is useless

    • Ben Wilde
      Ben Wilde 5 years ago +19

      that's why it has saved London from flooding on many occasion especially this year when it was closed 20 times in ten days. Imagine the cost of the flooding that the Thames experienced further upstream in Central London.
      BTW it is not in the wrong place - the The Thames at the point where is has been built is tidal and doesn't become a River until it is well passed Central London. Therefore the greater flood risk comes from the sea.

  • Anwar Nillufary
    Anwar Nillufary 5 years ago +3

    The Thames Barrier, London - United Kingdom
    The Thames Barrier is located downstream of central London, United Kingdom. Operational since 1982, its purpose is to prevent the floodplain of all but the easternmost boroughs of Greater London from being flooded by exceptionally high tides and storm surges moving up from the North Sea. When needed, it is closed (raised) during high tide; at low tide it can be opened to enhance the river's flow towards the sea. Built approximately 3 km (1.9 mi) due east of the Isle of Dogs, its northern bank is in Silvertown in the London Borough of Newham and its southern bank is in the New Charlton area of the Royal Borough of Greenwich. The report of Sir Hermann Bondi on the North Sea flood of 1953 affecting parts of the Thames Estuary and parts of London[1] was instrumental in the building of the barrier.
    Discover some photos at the following link:

    • albert goulder
      albert goulder 3 years ago

      Thats not in London it is in Hull.
      it is the tidel barrier.

  • dexminer1998
    dexminer1998 5 years ago +13

    Or... just don't build a city by a river.

    • Hula Balloo
      Hula Balloo Year ago +1

      Said no civilisation ever..

    • Louis Nonyourbuissnes
      Louis Nonyourbuissnes Year ago

      dexminer1998 but all capitals are places by a river or at a the coast

    • jbrunnez
      jbrunnez Year ago +1

      lol your username is literally dexminer. you struggling with an amphetamine habit?

    • luke
      luke Year ago +11

      Sweetie. London dates back to around 500bc

    • A.Z.A
      A.Z.A 2 years ago +25

      Dumb fuck

  • OhhExddy
    OhhExddy 5 years ago

    I think you need higher walls to block what might come us.

  • TBUTitan
    TBUTitan 5 years ago +6

    What i don't understand is once the barriers come up, won't the water table increase and spills over onto the sides of the thames instead?

    • batman51
      batman51 2 years ago

      Also, downstream of the barrier the flood defences have been raised to, hopefully, prevent this happening.

    • Jurjen Visser
      Jurjen Visser 3 years ago

      they have pumps

    • Jurjen Visser
      Jurjen Visser 3 years ago

      they have pumos

    • Jurjen Visser
      Jurjen Visser 3 years ago

      your dont dutch arent you

    • jay will
      jay will 3 years ago

      Of course you're right. Which is why the Thames Barrier isn't the only flood defence in London. Several tributaries, locks, and old ports (royal docks for example) are able to be opened up to allow excess water at high tide .

  • TamponFlavored3306
    TamponFlavored3306 5 years ago +235

    Loved the fake sounds.

    • Girl Loves Aviation
      Girl Loves Aviation Year ago +1

      That’s America for ya...

    • NIKDM
      NIKDM Year ago +4

      0:30 they put a jet engine sound over a propeller engine

    • BOSSM62
      BOSSM62 Year ago

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    • Dakota Powalisz
      Dakota Powalisz Year ago

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      M A Year ago

      Copyright purpose

  • KellyThundercloud
    KellyThundercloud 5 years ago +7

    Wow that is like the coolest video ever! Thank you for sharing this!!