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Alan Atkin

Alan Atkin work in the Environment Agency's Flood Forecasting and Response team at the Thames Barrier.

The calm after the storms

Thames Barrier closure on 1 February 2014

I started work at the Thames Barrier in April 2009. During much of my five-year spell with the Environment Agency, it's been relatively uneventful in terms of actual flooding. Indeed, for two winters, we didn't have any flood defence closures …