Flood Alerts for the Thames

Flood Alerts for the Thames

Parts of Greenwich have seen flooding over the weekend.

The river Thames overflowed its banks and the Thames Barrier was closed for the first time this winter.

The Environment Agency issued alerts for a vast stretch of the river, from the flood defence in Greenwich, south-east London, to Putney, in the south-west of the city.

The river overflowed on to flood plains in Greenwich, and levels were high in suburban areas as well as at the Embankment in central London.

The Thames Barrier was closed last week
The Thames Barrier was closed last week

In some areas, cars were seen lying abandoned half-covered in water while residents were spotted near the Thames, wading through the high waters to get to their homes.

Water levels were almost as high as the pavement in some central areas. The flood alerts for Friday covered areas including Custom House in Newham, Narrow Street in Limehouse, the Royal Naval College river-front at Greenwich, and Bankside near the Tate Modern.

The agency said tide levels were falling but it expected flows to remain high for the next three days.