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Flood warnings remain in force for Kent this morning with more wet weather expected to lash the county during the week.
Over the weekend, 26 people had to be rescued from a flooded caravan site in Yalding while parts of Ashford and Canterbury were also left under water.
The Environment Agency is continuing to monitor the situation around the rivers Darent, Stour, Little Stour, Medway, Beult, at Grove Ferry and at Fordwich.
Yesterday, firefighters were called out to help those living in a mobile home park in Yalding to safety.
Crews in a fire engine and an inland boat donned dry suits after families became trapped in their homes at The Lees.
As many as 26 people were evacuated and fire crews were still helping those stranded in the park.
Meanwhile, forecasters are predicting heavy rain and strong winds for Kent tomorrow and Wednesday.
The Environment Agency today has seven flood warnings in place for Kent:
On the flooded site in Hampstead Lane, Yalding, around 14 residents opted to stay despite the offer of alternative accommodation.
Ian Peacock is one and took up residence in a one-bedroom flat above the site's main entrance, which he is sharing with four women also from the park.
He said: "I've been up for long over a day now. It wasn't until 10pm that emergency services got here last night and I helped lead them to people who might need help.
"They were on the scene until 5am so it was a sleepless night for everyone.
"I won't be going to sleep soon, you learn to live with these conditions. My only concern now is that we'll get hit again tonight."
Sainsbury's supermarket in Canterbury is flooded. Video: K Steele
The aerial pictures, taken from the skies above Ashford, show how whole swathes of the town became submerged as rivers burst their banks and fields were swamped.
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