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Pictures: Rescue efforts in Tonbridge after major flooding

By CourierShams  |  Posted: December 24, 2013

  • Sainsbury's during the Tonbridge flood. Photo by @binseyMUFC

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CHRISTMAS Eve is a washout for many Tonbridge residents this evening as the town battles huge floods.

The River Medway has burst its banks in parts of the town and floodwater has reached the High Street.

Homes affected have been evacuated and people in Barden Road have been urged to leave their houses.

The major flooding has also pushed the Leigh Flood Barrier to bursting point.

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Kent Fire and Rescue Service have recalled striking firefighters to help with the rescue efforts.

Most pubs in the High Street have closed their doors as the situation worsens, bringing Christmas Eve festivities to an early finish.

The Courier will update on the situation as soon as more information is available.

Residents have described the scenes on Twitter:

@lucyluce1978: Had to evacuate Tonbridge for my folks early as the River Medway was lapping at my door! Thanks to @kentpolicetwell for the heads up!

@matthiascarter: Can't believe what's happening in Tonbridge. What rubbish timing on Christmas Eve! #flood

@JodehBaker: Finding Nemo is on tv. Training video for getting through tonbridge high street? #justkeepswimming

@Hannah_Scriven: I should be getting boozey in Tonbridge tonight, not wading knee deep through my house as a little evacuee

@Barkermagic: if anyone wants to film an apocalyptic flood movie around Tonbridge then now is the night

@lozziesmith: floods in tonbridge are phenomenal, feel so sorry for people who have had to be evacuated from their homes the night before christmas

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  • bazra09  |  December 24 2013, 10:12PM

    Brings back memories of 1968, remember swimming up barden road to get home, lets hope it doesn't get that bad. Thoughts are with all those affected by the floods on this Christmas eve