THE THAMES Barrier was closed for the 175th time to protect London on Saturday.
The closure was ordered to keep the capital safe from a very high tide that was predicted. The closure started at about 10.30 and by midday, all the gates were fully raised.
As high tide approached at about 2pm, water spilled across the path and on to grass at Barrier Gardens.
The closure was the first operational closure (as opposed to regular test closures) of the 2014/2015 winter season.
175th Barrier Closure in Pictures