A member of the Environment Agency team that monitors the level of the Thames has confirmed that the Thames Barrier has been closed:
We have just started to close the #ThamesBarrier. A high flow at Teddington Weir combined with a spring tide is the cause.
A farm in Muchelney, Somerset, has been completely surrounded by floodwater following the recent storms, turning it into an island.
As river levels continue to rise here is a snap shot of the floods across the East and West Midlands.
Photos taken before and since the recent storms show how British towns, roads and nature have been affected by the extreme weather.