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Flood warnings remains in Canterbury after Environment Agency issue fears over Nailbourne and Stour rivers

02 February 2014
by Jamie Bullen

Ruby enjoys the flooded road in Barham.

Ruby enjoys the flooded road in Barham.

Flood warnings remain in place across Canterbury the day after flooding took place in the city centre and surrounding villages. 

The Environment Agency says alerts are still in place along the Nailbourne and Stour rivers after a heavy barrage of rain over the weekend.

It comes a day after heavy flooded affected Canterbury both in the city and villages across the district.

In the city centre Sainsbury's supermarket in Kingsmead Road was forced to close the car park because of flooding as groundwater submerged the entire area.

In Barham a channel of sandbags was set up across the ford at Railway Hill to keep the river on course and two “flood ambassadors” from the Environment Agency were sent to discuss concerns with villagers.

Residents living in villages surrounding the Nailbourne say the flooding has been at its worst since 2000.

In Bridge, Kent Fire and Rescue incident commander Mark Jones says some homes have been flooded after the Nailbourne burst its banks close to Bridge Country Club.

He said: "The river burst upstream at the country club and came down to Brewery Lane.

"We managed to pump enough water to divert the river back into the stream but unfortunately it did interfere with some houses.

"We are closely monitoring the situation and will return if there is an emergency."

For flood warning information and advice contact the Environment Agency on 0845 988 1188.

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