Storm Eleanor and high tides combine to prompt Thames Barrier closure

PUBLISHED: 12:26 03 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:32 03 January 2018

Thames Barrier in action against flooding Picture: Environment Agency

Thames Barrier in action against flooding Picture: Environment Agency

Environment Agency

The Thames Barrier has closed to protect London from the effects of Storm Eleanor.

The Environment Agency has taken the decision to close the barrier, which is situated between Silvertown and Charlton, as the storm is combining with a period of high spring tides to reach the trigger level for closure.

The barrier closed at 10.30am and will reopen at around 4.30pm to reduce the risk of flooding.

Thames Barrier manager Andy Batchelor said: “We are closing the barrier to protect London from the threat of flooding due to the high tides from the sea.

“We are urging people to check their flood risk, prepare for flooding, follow the advice from emergency services and never risk driving through flood water.”

Practical advice on preparing for flooding can be found on or by calling Floodline on 0345 9881188.

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