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Tonbridge floods: Rescue centres open

By CourierShams  |  Posted: December 24, 2013

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Rescue centres open in Tonbridge for flooding evacuees. Photo by @kirstenpartridg

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EMERGENCY services have been working around the clock tonight, Christmas Eve, to help those affected by flooding in Tonbridge.

Residents living close to the river and in low-lying areas in the town centre have been evacuated and some roads have been closed by police.

Weald of Kent Grammar School has opened its doors to families spending the first few hours of Christmas Day away from their homes.

The sports hall in Pippin Road, East Peckham, has also been opened to accommodate those affected by the flooding.

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Some homes in the area have also been without power for almost 24 hours.

One home in Yalding has been without electricity since 1.30am this morning.

The River Medway burst its banks today after last night's storm and rainfall.

The Leigh Barrier is currently being operated to control the flow of water between Tonbridge and Yalding and in preparation for more rain expected overnight and tomorrow.

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