North Kent storm surge: Recap of live blog for Greenhithe and Gravesend flood warnings

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  • Flood warnings issued for north Kent, including Greenhithe and Gravesend, due to storm surge
  • Fears of flooding proved unfounded so far
  • Thames Barrier closed to protect London

5:18pm

So, fortunately the flood fears for north Kent today have not come to anything.

At least everyone was braced should the storm surge have proved to be more of a danger to this area.

Here is how Gravesend residents prepared themselves for flooding which never came

Thanks very much for joining us today. Have a dry, safe and enjoyable weekend.

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Peter Rice, 63, from Bromley, who is also a member of Erith Yacht Club, popped down to the riverfront at 3pm on Friday to check how high the tide had got.

He said: "I have been checking in the paper what time the tide was going to be up and that's why I popped down, it is certainly the highest I have ever seen it."

 

4:45pm

Donald Walters, 41, his wife Stephanie, 51, and daughter Billy Jean, 20, from Springhead Road, Northfleet, went for a special visit to the Gravesend river front to see how high the tides had got.

Mr Walters said: "I have never seen the river this high in my life.

"We have been following all of the updates on the web and finding out the latest information.

"Our house in Northfleet has been flooded a few times and we wanted to come down and see how high the tide had got."

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The Thames Barrier is expected to reopen by 5.30pm, the Environment Agency says. 

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1:44pm

Gravesham Council leader Councillor John Burden was on his way into Gravesend just now when we caught up with him.

He said: "We are anticipating another high surge at about 2 o'clock this afternoon but at this moment in time there are no reports of any problems. 

"It's cloudy and overcast and by the looks of it rain is threatening. 

"The fact that last night's surge happened without torrential rain at the same time was fortuitous." 

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1:16pm

Never mind whether parts of the Thames Estuary will flood, people on Twitter are currently getting weirdly excited about some dolphins, or possibly porpoises, spotted on the river...
 

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The Thames Barrier is said to be facing its biggest tide since it opened more than 30 years ago.

11:58am

Here's a scary animation from the Environment Agency showing an indication of the flooding that could occur if no flood defences were present.

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Here's an interesting time lapse video showing the Thames Barrier closing in October.

11:52am

Some simple steps from the Environment Agency about what to do during a flood.

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Hopefully there won't be any emergencies in north Kent later but better to be safe than sorry, eh.

11:48am

Here's an infographic from the Met Office outlining the terrible effects of severe flooding in 1953. Thankfully flood defences and warnings have significantly improved since then.

News Shopper: Storm surge infographic

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Get in touch if you're preparing for the storm surge today.

Later we'll be very interested in your stories, pictures and videos.

Get in touch by email, tweet us @newsshopper or text 80360 with NEWS SHOPPER at the start of your message.

11:10am

News Shopper: Lives at risk in North Kent due to flood surge. Map by Environment Agency

The Environment Agency has issued a severe flood warning for the properties seaward of the tidal defences in Gravesend, Denton and Greenhithe.

11:09am

Good morning.

A storm surge is expected in north Kent today by about 1pm, with the possibility of flooding.

We'll bring you updates here as best we can during the day.

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