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Kent Flood Warnings Map

By SamPayne  |  Posted: February 17, 2014

14 flood warnings remain in force across Kent

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The Environment Agency say it is working around the clock to deal with large amounts of rain that have hit the county this week, and are urging communities to remain vigilant with more rain forecast into the weekend.

Rivers across Kent, including the River Medway and the River Stour, have risen in response to the recent heavy rain that has fallen across the county.

With further rainfall due today and into the weekend on saturated ground and highly responsive rivers, further property flooding is considered likely.

Environment Agency operations staff have been working with local authorities in Bridge, near Canterbury, to respond to high flows on the River Nailbourne. Pumping stations and sandbags have been deployed at points along the River Nailbourne, and the Environment Agency is working with Canterbury City Council and Kent County Council to respond to the emerging situation. Flood Warnings are in place on the River Stour at Thanington and Canterbury.

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Source: Environment Agency

Jennie Donovan of the Environment Agency, said: "Since early December, Kent has faced an extraordinary period of weather and flooding. Environment Agency teams have been out on the ground throughout checking and repairing defences, clearing blockages, deploying demountable defences and monitoring river levels. We will be out in force again today and across the weekend to minimise the risk of flooding and keep communities safe."

The villages and towns along the River Medway, which received more than 250mm of rain fell between 11 December 2013 and 7 January 2014, have flood alerts and flood warnings in place.

The Leigh Flood Storage Area began storing water on the River Medway at 9am, controlling the amount travelling downstream and reducing the risk of flooding.

Flood defences have been deployed in Danvers Road, Tonbridge, to reduce the risk of flooding in the area.

Throughout today Environment Agency staff will be joining local flood wardens, community groups, and other agencies to warn and inform residents of the latest situation and their flood risk in Thanington, Canterbury, and Fordwich on the River Stour; Tonbridge, Hildenborough, and Yalding along the River Medway; and communities along the Nailbourne Valley.

Ms Donovan added: "People should act now and check their flood risk and sign up to our free Flood Warning Service by visiting our website or calling our 24-hour Floodline on 0845 988 1188. People can also keep up to date on social media by following us on Twitter @EnvAgencySE.

"We will continue to monitor the situation very closely and we urge communities to be aware of their flood risk for the rest of the week."

Communities are urged to prepare in advance by signing up for free Flood Warnings and to take action if they receive one. A Flood Warning indicates that property flooding is expected and immediate action is required. Advice and guidance about flooding is available on the Environment Agency website and from Floodline on 0845 988 1188. For the latest info follow the Environment Agency on Twitter @EnvAgencySE.

A flood warning means that flooding of property is expected and that people should take action to prepare.

A flood alert means flooding is possible. Be prepared.

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  • InsidetheEA  |  February 09 2014, 6:32PM

    Inside the Environment Agency have been exposing the failings of the Environment Agency for going on a year now http://tinyurl.com/o6y5w5r - others have been exposing these failings for much longer.

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