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Flood warnings for River Beult, Stour and Medway and road closures are enforced in Yalding, Marden and Sutton Valence

03 January 2014
by James Walker
Kent is not yet out of the grip of floods, as a new warning was placed this afternoon on a section of the River Stour.
The area around Grove Ferry and Plucks Gutter is the latest area to be declared at risk of immediate flooding.
The Environment Agency said several days of rainfall had led to high levels in the river.
Kent is warned of a flooding risk. File picture Gary Browne

Kent is warned of a flooding risk. File picture: Gary Browne

A statement added: "This has combined with a set of spring tides leading to the expectation of flooding to riverside properties along the Tidal Stour.
"Environment Agency staff are operating the sluices at Stonar Cut, which is assisting the drainage of the Stour between tides."
The latest warning came just hours after the village of Yalding flooded again.
Six homes, believed to have been empty, were flooded overnight, according to the Environment Agency.
The are still two flood warnings in place for the rivers Medway and Beult, with 35mm of rain falling over the county in the last 48 hours.
Flooding's still bad in Yalding - taken earlier today

Flooding's still bad in Yalding

The River Beult, which runs through the heart of the village, burst its banks yesterday with flood levels peaking at 7am this morning, according to the environment agency.

The Little Venice Caravan Park was evacuated before flood waters moved in, and it is one of the worst affected areas of the village.

Roads around a mile of the park have been closed, but most of the village has escaped the worst of the flood water. 


Video: Yalding as it looks today under flood threat

The main concern today is for the River Stour, which covers Ashford, Canterbury and Fordwich, with fears there may be a flood warning issued there later. 
It is anticipated river levels will now drop through the day. 
Maidstone Borough Council said water levels are expected to peak in the town just after 3pm today.
An incident liaison officer from the council has been in Clifford Way in the county town, advising homeowners at risk.

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Motorists and pedestrians are urged to take care when moving around the county.

Drivers are being urged not to attempt to drive through flooded roads, and pedestrians should avoid coastal and river paths.

Police ask people to drive carefully, leaving plenty of braking room.

Kent County Council has an advice leaflet that can be downloaded here - which advises who to contact for each type of incident.

Roads are closed off in Yalding today

Roads are closed off in Yalding today

For the latest flood information please contact Floodline on 0845 988 1188.

To report fallen trees contact Kent Highways on 03000 418181.

To report fallen power cables, call the UK Power Networks emergency number on 0800 783 8866. 

If there is an emergency or threat to life, call police on 999.

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