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Villagers on River Nailbourne from Barham to Wickhambreaux on flood alert due to heavy rain

24 January 2014
by Aidan Barlow

The River Nailbourne overflowing near Barham this week

The River Nailbourne overflowing near Barham this week

Villagers between Barham and Wickhambreaux have been put on flood alert and are being told to stock up with sandbags as water levels rise on the River Nailbourne.

Council and Environment Agency flood teams are on alert as waters have risen after heavy rain, with the river beginning to flow on its normal course.

Kent County Council, the Environment Agency, Southern Water and Canterbury City Council will be monitoring the river in the coming weeks, so that action can be taken if necessary.

There is also the possibility that rising groundwater could enter sewerage systems, causing wastewater to back up into properties, causing damage to toilet and bathrooms..

While flooding is thought to be unlikely, residents in Barham, Kingston, Bishopsbourne, Bridge, Patrixbourne, Bekesbourne, Littlebourne and Wickhambreaux have been told to be ready to take precautions with sandbags.

Sewage being pumped into the River Nailbourne near Patrixbourne after heavy rain in February 2013.

Sewage being pumped into the River Nailbourne near Patrixbourne after heavy rain in February 2013.

People who experience sewer flooding to their property should report it to Southern Water on 0845 278 0845.

Residents concerned about flooding can call the city council during office hours on 01227 862000 or out of hours on 01227 781879.

The Environment Agency’s Floodline number, which provides the latest information about flood warnings, is 0845 988 1188.

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