Reports are just coming in that residents of Free Trade Wharf on the Limehouse / Wapping border have been evacuated tonight due to a mechanical failure of one of the large ‘jack up’ rigs being used by Thames Tideway to construct the supersewer.
Update 21:25 hrs.
The photo from the emergency services at the scene show the barge at an acute angle and it is clear why Free Trade Wharf was evacuated.
@LFBTowerHamlets crews from Tower Hamlets are currently dealing with a Spud Barge on the Thames that's listed (become unstable) next to Free Trade Wharf, crews will be there for some time assisting other agencies @MPSonthewater @MPSTowerHam @LondonPortAuth @LondonFire pic.twitter.com/jZiae09TA4— LFBTowerHamlets (@LFBTowerHamlets) November 8, 2017
And from a local resident…
This is how it looks from the river side pic.twitter.com/B0oQkHiQjm— PP (@philpark_) November 8, 2017
Free Trade Wharf is a large residential block on the Thames to the east of King Edward Memorial Park.
Details are very sketchy at the moment and we are limited to reading tweets such as the one below:
Jack up rig at King Edward Memorial park currently has a list, two piles down and two up – vessels on route to assist
— The Liquid Highway (@liquid_highway1) November 8, 2017
We have no reports of any injuries and are assuming that the evacuation is a precautionary message while Thames Tideway get their act together and make the jack-up rig safe.
More news as we get it…