Thames Flood Barrier

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  • 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 • 249

  • Chef A. K
    Chef A. K 21 day ago

    Home 🤗🇬🇧🌊

  • __spencer__
    __spencer__ 25 days ago

    how did I know this was an American video in the first 2 seconrs

  • B Saxon
    B Saxon 27 days ago

    does silt build up where the barriers rest at the bottom? effectively blocking them? I mean clearly not but why?

  • MrAeronuk1
    MrAeronuk1 Month ago

    A million people? Nine million people

  • Liverpool5563
    Liverpool5563 2 months ago

    So the flood came close to topping the barrier maybe the gate should have been made a little higher to be on the safe side.

  • Safa Safa
    Safa Safa 2 months ago

    in UK, they will rely on imported water FROM eu.innit?

  • vishal vishal
    vishal vishal 2 months ago

    which the place the barrier

  • Invader's Fliming News // Weather Network

    As seems on The movie Flood. It fails.

  • Shark Hunt
    Shark Hunt 4 months ago

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

  • Joeylawn36111
    Joeylawn36111 4 months ago +1

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

  • WoeWolfgirl
    WoeWolfgirl 5 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 6 months ago +1

    0:37 lol they used Dalek sounds

  • Tara Gragg
    Tara Gragg 6 months ago

    This is cool.

  • Steven Agopian
    Steven Agopian 9 months ago +7

    My windows password display brought me here...

  • bassbuckmaster
    bassbuckmaster 10 months ago +2

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

  • Ian McGreevy
    Ian McGreevy 10 months ago

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

  • Paul C
    Paul C Year ago

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

  • RR PLAN C
    RR PLAN C Year ago

    7 gates eh.. 7 you say.

  • the chickenmaster

    "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

  • CJ DJ gamer
    CJ DJ gamer Year 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. tvclip.biz/video/LFrpBY77uiU/video.html

  • 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 +1

    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 - 09CJ - 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 +1

    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 ✔️

    Save billions?

    • Frog Punx
      Frog Punx Year ago +1

      QuantumBullet of pounds mate

  • NIKDM
    NIKDM Year ago +54

    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 +2

      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 +3

      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?

    • Azius
      Azius 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 9 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 +55

    You're welcome -Netherlands

    • AvariceUntied
      AvariceUntied 8 months ago +1

      @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
      ARIHD ENAL Year ago +12

      Jurjen Ronner Thank You -UK

  • thalonelygirl
    thalonelygirl Year ago +3

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

  • Steve Parker
    Steve Parker 2 years ago

    After the title comes, will fail one day.

  • DEEREMEYER1
    DEEREMEYER1 2 years 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
    DEEREMEYER1 2 years 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 2 years 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 4 months 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 2 years ago +73

    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 +7

      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 2 years 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 2 years ago +24

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

    • ROSS MCC.
      ROSS MCC. Year 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 2 years ago +69

    Lol the Dutch delta works are much more impressive

    • DANK NUGGZ
      DANK NUGGZ Month ago +1

      That's because the Dutch have better Weed Bro!!!!!!

    • chicken stripper
      chicken stripper 4 months ago

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

    • Ian McGreevy
      Ian McGreevy 10 months ago +1

      London is most famous for Money laundering

    • Ian McGreevy
      Ian McGreevy 10 months ago

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

    • Jt.0487 Insta
      Jt.0487 Insta 10 months ago

      Tay Arslan precies!

  • KrisRaps
    KrisRaps 2 years ago +5

    America Should Use Brains And Make Something Like This

    • ethanpet113
      ethanpet113 Year 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 2 years ago +1

    I live in London

    • Mr Goat
      Mr Goat Year ago +1

      And here’s your cookie

  • zyxwvutsrqponmlkh
    zyxwvutsrqponmlkh 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago

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