Flooding in Chiswick Mall higher than usual

Image above: Water line on a home along Chiswick Mall showing how high water reached

Residents unable to get to their homes as tide floods Chiswick Mall

Unusually high tides along the River Thames have caused problems for the residents of Chiswick Mall, causing extensive flooding in the area.

Residents are used to the River Thames covering the road and their gardens, especially during the high tides of spring and autumn, but on Monday 30 October the tide came in further than usual and many residents described it as the worst they had ever seen.

Riverside ward councillor John Todd was alerted early Monday morning that the Mall was flooded and a basement had been inundated. He told The Chiswick Calendar Hounslow Highways operatives had carried out some work and were later replaced by Thames Water workers.

“Following on from some good manual work to clear the gulleys which improved the water level on the road, Thames Water are now on site dealing with a larger problem as the river bank has burst causing further flooding.”

Heavy rain over the weekend has aggravated the flooding in the area, leading to a situation worse than usual. The high tide, which peaked at 3.10 pm, inundated the streets surrounding Chiswick Mall and Chiswick Lane South.

Patricia Langley, Chair of the Old Chiswick Protection Society, and a resident along Chiswick Mall, told The Chiswick Calendar:

“It’s generally agreed that this is one of the highest tides we’ve seen. We’ve been here for over twenty years. Some have lived here since the early sixties. We couldn’t get into the front of our house.”

She pointed out that a blocked drain at the eastern end of the mall had left some residents stranded, unable to access their homes for four days.

“We saw garden furniture floating around; a neighbour’s rather stylish garden chairs ended up in our garden. One was last seen heading to Southend,” she added.

Images above: Flooding of Chiswick Mall – via Twitter / X

‘Vulnerabilities are evident’ 

Sarah Fabrizio, another resident, whose basement was partially flooded, raised questions about the Thames Barrier’s operation during the high tide. She wanted to know why it had not been raised during the high tide.

Her basement, which dates back centuries, is largely undamaged, such damage as their was being confined to “bits and bobs”. As we talked she was using cardboard to soak up the water.

Several homes along the east end of the Mall remained partially submerged well into the evening.

According to thamestides.org, the Thames Barrier was not closed during this high tide event, raising concerns among residents about its effectiveness and their dependence on it. Sarah added: “The Environment Agency needs to concentrate their minds in future proofing London… Here the vulnerabilities are evident.”

Further along the river at Strand on the Green, general manager of the Bull’s Head Barbara Smith posed for photographs in her wellies outside the pub, featured in the Evening Standard, and shared her photographs of the pub on social media, including one of the river water a couple of inches up the window pane.

“We had to move an elderly group of people off one areas of our dining yesterday,” Barbara told the Standard. “We’re so used to it happening, but bless them they felt a bit like there were in the Titanic – I think that was the comment – so we moved them.”