Floods to hit parts of Gravesend and Greenhithe overnight, say Environment Agency
PUBLISHED: 11:22 05 December 2013 | UPDATED: 11:22 05 December 2013
The Environment Agency have issued a flood warning for parts of Gravesend and Greenhithe tomorrow.
High tides between around 2.20am and 2.45pm are expected to hit properties seaward of the tidal defences, caused by high spring tides combined with a prolonged surge.
Areas most at risk of flooding include the North Sea coast from Northumberland down to the Thames Estuary and Kent.
The Environment Agency will be closing the Thames Barrier tonight to defend London.
Dr Paul Leinster, chief executive of the Environment Agency, said: “Gale force winds and large waves along the east coast of England are forecast during Thursday and Friday, coinciding with high tides and a significant coastal surge.
“Flooding of some coastal communities is expected and some defences could be overtopped by the combined effect of high tides, high winds and a tidal surge.
‘Coastal paths and promenades will be highly dangerous as there is an increased risk of people being swept out to sea.
“The Environment Agency is monitoring the situation closely, working alongside partners including the emergency services, Met Office and local authorities.
“Teams are out on the ground checking that flood defences and barriers are in good working order, monitoring sea levels and issuing flood warnings.”
To keep up-to-date on the flooding, follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter.