Tidal storm surge worst since major floods of 1953

The Environment Agency has confirmed that the tidal storm surge is the worst since the major floods of 1953.

The Thames Barrier will close later today Credit: Press Association

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Barrier saves London from 'flood chaos'

The Environment Agency has released a picture that shows the effects that the largest tidal surge in 60 years would have had on London if the Thames Barrier hadn't been closed.