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Warning to drivers after rain hits large parts of Kent

By KentOnline reporter

A flood alert has been issued by for parts of Kent following more than 30mm of rainfall within 12 hours.

The Environment Agency says the areas at risk include The River Darent from Westerham to Dartford, including Brasted, Sundridge, Chipstead, Dunton Green, Otford, Eynsford and South Darenth.

There are also concerns about the Rivers Eden, Eden Brook and Kent Ditch from Blindley Heath to Penshurst, including Edenbridge and Hever. 

Cars carefully negotiate flood water in Darnley Road, Strood. Picture Justine Church

Cars carefully negotiate flood water in Darnley Road, Strood. Picture: Justine Church

A spokesman said: "The catchments have received in excess of 30mm of rainfall in the past 12 hours, causing river levels to rise quickly.

"Further rainfall, potentially heavy, is forecast for this evening.

"Flooding to low lying land and roads close to the river is possible, particularly in Otford and Westerham.

Another road under water in Strood. Picture Justine Church

Another road under water in Strood. Picture: Justine Church

"Flooding from surface water could also occur and driving conditions may be difficult.

"We expect the river to remain high for the remainder of this evening and early tomorrow morning.

"No further rainfall is forecast for Wednesday overnight and Thursday."

More flooding in Strood. Picture Sara Ives

More flooding in Strood. Picture: Sara Ives

The agency said it was constantly monitoring river levels and had staff on standby to attend to any blockages.

Medway seemed to bear the brunt of the heavy showers, as pictures sent in by some of our readers show.

Motorists were urged to drive carefully following hours of heavy downpours and a warning was issued by Kent Fire and Rescue service.

A spokesman said motorists should ensure they have their lights on, keep their speed down and make sure they don't get distracted behind the wheel.

Flooding caused long delays for motorists on Pier Road in Gillingham

Flooding caused long delays for motorists on Pier Road in Gillingham

No major accidents have been reported, but police said one lane of the London-bound M20 at Junction 11 for Canterbury was closed after standing water damaged an HGV's brakes leaving them stuck on.

Officers also confirmed flooding in Higham, caused by burst pipes, which has been affecting traffic coming in and out of the village.

It comes after the Met Office issued a warning for heavy rain yesterday and today.

The yellow 'be aware' alert remains in place until 11.55pm tonight.

  • Send your pictures of the flooding to multimediadesk@thekmgroup.co.uk

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