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Thames Barrier - Great Attractions (United Kingdom)

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Geo Beats

Take a tour of Thames Barrier in United Kingdom – part of the World’s Greatest Attractions travel video series by GeoBeats.

The Thames Barrier, located in London, is currently ranked second on the list of the "World's Largest Moveable Flood Barrier's".

After the flood of 1953, which claimed the lives of around three hundred people, it was obvious that something needed to be done about the rising water problem; the Thames Barrier was the solution.

The flood barrier became operational in 1982 and was built to be of use until 2070.

Run and maintained by The Environment Agency, the barrier stretches across two hundred and fifty meters of the Thames River.

The most recent closure of the barriers was in November 9th, 2007 due to a large storm surge in the North Sea.

The lights reflecting off the waters at night help make this landmark a modern marvel worth visiting day or night.