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FLOODS: A month's rain coming this week

By Medway News  |  Posted: February 11, 2014

By Sophie Sturt

FLOODS-BOXING DAY

Flood chaos: More rain to come this week

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FLOODED Kent homeowners are on high alert again with a month’s worth of rain expected in just four days.

High water levels are set to rise again, bringing new threat to homes at risk and misery to people whose homes are already swamped.

Areas around the Little Stour river in east Kent – also known as the Nailbourne River – are most at risk.

The Met Office has warned that up to 50mm of rain will fall between now and Friday – the amount usually expected for the whole of February.

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Weather experts are also warning of winds of up to 70mph this Friday.

Areas affected in Kent include Little Venice in Yalding, Kimberley Way, Ashford, and Alkham Valley Road, Alkham.

Other areas on high alert include Northgate and Willow Close in Canterbury which have already been flooded by the River Stour, with Willow Close particularly vulnerable later this week.

Grove Ferry near Upstreet, and Tonbridge Road in East Peckham are also on the list of areas considered most at risk.

The Kent Fire and Rescue Service says it is now seeing evidence that people are hiring their own water pumps and relying less on its crews.

There were only 14 999 call outs in Kent last night.

Kent Community Wardens from Kent County Council are on patrol and warning residents in the most exposed areas of the threat.

Police are urging people to stay alert particularly in and around flood water.

The advice is to stay away from flooded areas and avoid driving through water.

Motorists are urged to check their brakes after driving through water and to expect road closures and other travel disruption.

Residents are asked to keep an eye on elderly or vulnerable neighbours and to contact a professional before switching electricity and gas back on if flooding cuts them off.

And people using petrol or diesel powered water pumps should check they have adequate ventilation to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

The latest flood information is on the Floodline on 0845 988 1188. To report fallen trees contact Kent Highways on 03000 418181.

To report fallen power cables, call the UK Power Networks emergency number on 0800 783 8866.

Source: Environment Agency

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