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Met Office predicts heavy rainfall in Kent amid county flood alerts

29 January 2013
by Danny Boyle

Flooding file picture

Flooding is possible across Kent today (file picture)

Kent remains on flood alert as the Met Office predicts heavy rain across the county today.

The Environment Agency still has three warnings in place for possible flooding.

There are fears of flooding along stretches of the rivers Medway and Beult as the Met Office forecasts rainfall of up to 25mm in Kent today and into Wednesday.

Meanwhile, P&O Ferries and DFDS Seaways said "adverse weather conditions" have been causing delays of up to two hours on cross-Channel services.

The A21 Pembury Road in Tunrbidge Wells was closed in both directions earlier this morning when a fallen tree blocked the road.

Flooding is said to be possible in areas including Yalding, Allington and parts of Maidstone along with Smarden and Headcorn.

The Environment Agency's flood alert for the upper River Medway covers an area from Forest Row to Penshurst, including Ashurst.

An alert for the lower River Medway stretches from Hampstead Lock at Yalding to Allington Lock - including East Farleigh, Wateringbury, Teston and Teston Park - Tovil and Maidstone including Millennium Park.

And a third warning is in place for the River Beult from Pluckley and Bethersden to Hampstead Lock at Yalding, including Smarden, Headcorn, Collier Street, Benover and The Lees.Flooding in Yalding

Flooding in Yalding (file picture)

The Environment Agency said it is is working hard to minimise any possible risk of flooding - and is warning residents to take action to reduce the risks.

Flood risk manager Alison Baptiste said: "It looks like it's going to be a wet week, with heavy rain forecast across the region for the next five days.

"Our teams are working hard to prepare and to make sure our professional partners are prepared. We have officers out checking flood defences and clearing any river blockages. We are receiving regular updates from the Met Office, and will continuously monitor river levels.

"Now is a good time for anyone who lives in an area vulnerable to flooding to think about the precautions they can take to protect their properties."

She added many rivers remain above their usual winter levels because milder temperatures have melted last week's snow - in areas where heavy downpours have already left the ground saturated.

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