This live event has finished
- 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
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.
Thanks very much for joining us today. Have a dry, safe and enjoyable weekend.
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."
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."
RT @MPSinthesky: Here's @thames_barrier doing a grand job holding back the storm surge risk today @EnvAgencySE #impressive http://t.co/DTKL…— @philverney 06 December 2013
High tide passed without incident on this gravesend road. sandbags being moved away from doors http://t.co/0BE6d9Ixmp— @ThamesPics 06 December 2013
Olive Laura Deare II outbound, end of Long Reach. Another high tide at Ingress Park. http://t.co/P3aIYJyO8l— @GravesendRNLI 06 December 2013
High tide nearly over the top at Gravesend prom http://t.co/jtQS38nU6M— @TheDevilChris 06 December 2013
The swans enjoying high tide in Gravesend Prom @SoozyShoes @LondonPortAuth http://t.co/suRQhW1Mdh— @TheDevilChris 06 December 2013
Our #Gravesend Emergency response teams were out in the early hours last night #floodaware (pic via @ships60) http://t.co/9rpaWLGAXn— @GravesendTCM 06 December 2013
The Thames Barrier is expected to reopen by 5.30pm, the Environment Agency says.
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."
First picture of the dolphins on the thames by @jamey_leigh the elusive thames #thamesdolphin http://t.co/p6KV62sKI6— @HuffPostUKPics 06 December 2013
Not something you see too often! Thames Barrier #woolwich in all its glory ready for #FloodTide http://t.co/RSJ7rAFafb— @GreenwichVisitr 06 December 2013
@NewsShopper high in #Greenhithe http://t.co/5gxEaP6g24— @kellymcairns 06 December 2013
The #ThamesBarrier is now closed. We will start to reopen once the levels on each side of the Barrier are equal, which should be around 4.30— @AlanBarrierEA 06 December 2013
The 126th #ThamesBarrier closure is progressing well. Charlie (a rising 61m gate) is seen here moving into position http://t.co/b0QHCLItRs— @AlanBarrierEA 06 December 2013
The Thames Barrier is said to be facing its biggest tide since it opened more than 30 years ago.
Here's a scary animation from the Environment Agency showing an indication of the flooding that could occur if no flood defences were present.
Today’s closure of #Thames Barrier will be 126th time. More info on how we decide whether to close it here: http://t.co/EnvJTnXqss— @EnvAgencySE 06 December 2013
Here's an interesting time lapse video showing the Thames Barrier closing in October.
Some simple steps from the Environment Agency about what to do during a flood.
Hopefully there won't be any emergencies in north Kent later but better to be safe than sorry, eh.
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.
Currently no service on the Tilbury Riverside to Gravesend ferry. Not expected to resume service today but will update if this changes.— @c2c_Rail 06 December 2013
Get in touch if you're preparing for the storm surge today.
Later we'll be very interested in your stories, pictures and videos.
The Environment Agency has issued a severe flood warning for the properties seaward of the tidal defences in Gravesend, Denton and Greenhithe.
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.