Thames barrier to close as flood risk grows

By Rob Virtue on December 5, 2013 6:56 PM |

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The Thames Barrier will close at 10pm on Thursday night as an emergency measure to protect the capital from flood.

It comes as the east coast prepares for its strongest tidal surge in 60 years.

Parts of Kent and Essex are being told they face a high flood risk, with severe warnings issued to areas as close to central London as Gravesend.

The barrier at Woolwich will not reopen until Friday morning.

On Twitter the Environment Agency said: "We will be closing the Thames Barrier tonight at 10pm to protect London from a combined high tide & tidal surge in the Thames estuary."

Thames Clippers said its last service to Woolwich will be the 8.53pm leaving from the London Eye Pier.

All later services will terminate at North Greenwich. However, it is expecting to run its morning services as per the regular timetable.

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