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Flood defence work goes on as Kent homes remain at risk with Environment Agency warnings still in force

17 February 2014
by KentOnline reporter

Emergency services are continuing to work around the clock to help people affected by flooding in Kent - as the county is warned of more rain later this week.

Kent Police warned although storms have abated, properties remain at risk over the next few days with rain topping up already-full and rising rivers.

The Environment Agency still has several flood warnings and alerts in place across the county and homes near the Rivers Nailbourne and Stour are of most concern.

Soldiers helping to reinforce flood defences in Bishopsbourne. Picture Chris Davey

Soldiers helping to reinforce flood defences in Bishopsbourne. Picture: Chris Davey

Flooding is also continuing to affect Yalding, Collier Street, East Peckham, Kingston, Patrixbourne, Elham, Bridge, Littlebourne, Bishopsbourne, Wickhambreaux, Grove Ferry, Lydd, Ash, Chartham, Eastry, Wye, Ashford, Alkham, Romney Marsh and the Brishing Lane dam area of Maidstone.

Sandbag walls remain in place in Bridge, Barham, Littlebourne and Wickhambreaux.

The Army was drafted into Kent at the weekend to help with flood protection, as soldiers distributed sandbags and helped families.

The Light Dragoons were in the Canterbury area to help prevent properties being flooded - along with soldiers from 5 Scots and 36 Engineer Regiment working in areas elsewhere in Kent.

They are continuing to carry out assessments around Kent to establish where their help is needed.

Army vehicles arrive in flood-hit Bishopsbourne. Picture Chris Davey

Army vehicles arrive in flood-hit Bishopsbourne. Picture: Chris Davey

The swollen Nailbourne through Bridge. Picture Chris Davey

The swollen Nailbourne through Bridge. Picture: Chris Davey

A car drives through a flooded road near Petham. Picture Chris Davey

A car drives through a flooded road near Petham. Picture: Chris Davey

Lieutenant Colonel James Senior, commanding officer from the Light Dragoons, said: "In conjunction with our colleagues in Canterbury and throughout Kent, we are working hard to protect homes and businesses. 

"My soldiers are deployed throughout the region in support of the civil authorities and will be here until the crisis has abated."

"My soldiers are deployed throughout the region in support of the civil authorities and will be here until the crisis has abated..." - Lieutenant Colonel James Senior

Kent Police said patrols will remained in the most flood-vulnerable areas of the county.

Supt Bryan Whittaker said: "Our officers are continuing to work very closely with partner agencies to ensure the situation is monitored closely and to prevent further problems. 

"Although there are no severe weather warnings in force at present, any rainfall will keep topping up levels, preventing the recovery and drying out process.

"We continue to warn people not to drive through flooded areas, and not to enter flood water which may be contaminated and have underlying hazards such as displaced manhole covers.

"We and our partners are still dealing with an emergency situation here in Kent. We are not yet at the recovery stage."

Flooded fields resemble a river at Hacklinge. Picture Ruth Cuerden

Flooded fields resembled a river at Hacklinge earlier this month. Picture: Ruth Cuerden

Pipes lead away from pumps in Bridge. Picture Chris Davey

Pipes lead away from pumps in Bridge. Picture: Chris Davey

A supply of sandbags at the ready by the swollen Stour in Chartham. Picture Chris Davey

A supply of sandbags at the ready by the swollen Stour in Chartham. Picture: Chris Davey

Kent was hit by the third storm in a week on Friday night - with gale-force winds of up to 80mph bringing down trees and a backlog of cross-Channel traffic forcing police to bring in Operation Stack on the M20 on Saturday.


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