After The Flood: Environment Agency working to clean up river
600,000 tonnes of raw sewage goes into Thames
Thousands of fish have been killed after 600,000 tonnes of untreated sewage was forced into the Thames during Tuesday's storms. According to reports on BBC News, the Environment Agency has said the dead fish were visible in the river at Kew, Brentford and Isleworth.
Thames Water has launched its oxygenating vessels which help improve the quality of the water.
Andrew Boyd of Thames Water said the company had been working with the Environment Agency to come up with a long-term solution to the problem.
He explained that London's Victorian sewers pushed water into the Thames instead of allowing it to flood homes and streets. "Everyone agrees that any solution to this will be a massive engineering scheme. We have worked with the Environment Agency and other agencies to produce a report for the government suggesting how the problem can be solved.
"We are waiting to hear from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how they are minded to deal with the problem."
Streets in the area were generally unaffected by the floods, unlike roads in Chiswick that were closed to traffic because of the height of the water. However readers of BrentfordTW8.com noticed some problems near the A4.
4 Aug 2004
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