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December 27, 1985

Heavy rain swelled the Thames River to a dangerous level in London and severely flooded parts of southern England, blocking many roads and keeping holiday travelers at home. The London Weather Center said an inch of rain has soaked the capital since Christmas Day. Firemen and municipal workers sandbagged homes south of the capital, and the Thames Barrier, a series of 10 concrete gates that forms a dam across the historic waterway at Woolwich Reach, was closed to prevent a flood tide from surging up the river to London.

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