Published: 17:50, 09 August 2017 |
Updated: 20:56, 09 August 2017
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.
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.
"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."
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.
DRIVE SAFELY: Make sure you get home to your family in one piece - lights on, speed down & no distractions! Lots of surface water tonight!— Kent Fire and Rescue (@kentfirerescue) August 9, 2017
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.
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.
PCSO aid in traffic control. Burst pipes and water coming through concrete on the path. Please be aware if coming too and from HIGHAM! pic.twitter.com/ZrMupASNy5— KentPolice Gravesham (@kentpolicegrav) August 9, 2017
Officers also confirmed flooding in Higham, caused by burst pipes, which has been affecting traffic coming in and out of the village.
1 lane closed M20 J11a London Bound due to HGV's brakes stuck on. Airline split after hitting standing water. Lots of it about!??? 09-869 DC. pic.twitter.com/nam2W6dllc— Kent Police RPU (@kentpoliceroads) August 9, 2017
The yellow 'be aware' alert remains in place until 11.55pm tonight.
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