Flooding in Maidstone
The Environment Agency has
issued flood warnings for the entire length of the River
Medway after heavy rainfall on Sunday and overnight
In Maidstone, the river has
burst its banks leaving tow paths and riverside benches submerged
in flood water.
Drivers faced challenging
conditions on a stretch of the M20 early on Monday, November
30, with a combination of an accident and a mud slide.
Around 2.30am, a Peugeot 406 and a
lorry were involved in a collision near Junction 9 of the
The car ended up on its roof and
the lorry had overturned onto its side.
The motorway had to be closed
between Junction 9 for Ashford and Junction 8 for Hollingbourne and
Leeds Castle, causing hold ups.
Three people - the lorry driver and
the driver and a child in the Peugeot - were taken to Maidstone
Hospital. Their injuries are thought to be minor.
Traffic built up near the Maidstone
area while the motorway was closed and some drivers were turned
back on junction slip roads by Highways Agency officers.
Those who were able to get past the
accident also faced having to go slow, after heavy rain caused a
Police said part of a motorway
embankment gave way after heavy rain in the early hours of the
morning cascaded off a road over bridge near Junction 8.
Highways Agency officers said the
motorway was not fully re-opened until around 8am.
- The picture above shows flooding in the Downswood area. The
picture was taken by Martin Weeks. Do you have any pictures of
flooding in your area? Email jpegs (preferably a min of 500kb) to
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