TQ5546 : Leigh: River Medway flood defence embankment

taken 3 years ago, near to Leigh, Kent, Great Britain

Leigh: River Medway flood defence embankment
Leigh: River Medway flood defence embankment
There is a farm accommodation and public footpath tunnel under the Redhill and Tonbridge railway line, leading south out of Leigh, to the right here. Please see TQ5546 : Railway Bridge, Leigh.

If the River Medway flooded and threatened Tonbridge the TQ5646 : Leigh Flood Barrier would come into operation and the land upstream would be temporarily inundated.

Were it not for this bank the inundated water would flow through the tunnel and threaten Leigh. So the bank has been built as a loop coming out from the railway embankment. The loop is necessary in order for farm vehicles using the tunnel to come out of the tunnel and climb to the top of the bank and down the other side.

In a flood event, such as that photographed in TQ5546 : Flood embankment and flooding beyond the flood storage area, to the left in this photograph, would fill, but the area to the right in the photograph, and the tunnel, would remain comparatively dry.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 23 March, 2016   (more nearby)
Sunday, 23 September, 2018
Geographical Context
Rivers, Streams, Drainage 
Primary Subject of Photo
Flood Defences 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 5509 4607 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:11.5687N 0:13.0860E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 5512 4610
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Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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