What east London could have looked like if Thames Barrier was not closed

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The Environment Agency has released a startling image of the impact of the tidal surge on east London if it had not been for the Thames Barrier.

It sees nearly all of land in around Canary Wharf, the Royal Docks and the Greenwich Peninsula submerged by water.

The flood would have also stretched over Rotherhithe.

The image come in a tweet from the Environment Agency this afternoon, which said: "The extent of potential flooding in London if the Thames Barrier wasn't in place."

The barrier closed last night before reopening this morning. It then closed again just after lunchtime.

Overnight saw storms which were due to create the biggest tidal surge on the east coast for around 60 years.

Click here for photos and to read details about how the storm saw the Thames Barrier stand up to its biggest ever tide