Following the most serious coastal tidal surge for over 60 years, the flood risk to the east coast of England is now much reduced. Around 1,400 properties are estimated to have flooded in the past 24 hours however defences have protected at least 800,000 homes and businesses in England.
The Thames Barrier was closed to protect London against the highest tide since the structure was completed in 1984. The Environment Agency operated numerous other assets and barriers along the coast including at Hull, Goole, Great Yarmouth and Colne in Essex. The £23million Warrington flood defence scheme was operated for the first time on Thursday (5th December) to reduce the flood risk to 1,500 properties from the River Mersey.