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Environment Agency issues flood alerts for Kent amid weather warning for strong winds and heavy rain

21 December 2013
by KentOnline reporter

Kent is on flood alert today amid forecasts of strong winds and the risk of heavy rain.

The Environment Agency has issued three warnings for the county as it advises people to be prepared for possible flooding.

It said widespread and heavy rainfall in already-saturated areas could cause flooding of low-lying land and roads.

Flooded road in heavy rain. Picture Library image

Flooded road in heavy rain. Picture: Library image

The Environment Agency has issued three flood alerts are for:

  • Upper River Medway area, from Forest Row to Penshurst, including Ashurst
  • Rivers Eden and Eden Brook area, from Blindley Heath to Penshurst including Edenbridge and Hever
  • River Darent, from Westerham to Dartford, including Brasted, Sundridge, Chipstead, Dunton Green, Otford, Eynsford and South Darenth

Workers begin to clear flood water in Faversham. Picture Michael Maloney

Workers begin to clear flood water in Faversham. Picture: Michael Maloney

The Environment Agency said staff are closely monitoring the situation and are checking flood defences.

David Bedlington, regional flood risk manager, said: "With more unsettled weather forecast for the south east, following recent heavy rainfall, there could be a lot of water in low-lying lands and on roads.

"Those who live in an area vulnerable to flooding should think about the precautions they can take to limit the damage a flood can cause to themselves and their property."

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