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Flood chaos in New Romney High Street in the wake of Hurricane Bertha

By Sam Lennon

Part of New Romney High Street turned into a lake on Monday as flash floods struck the Marsh.

A Vauxhall Corsa looked like it was in a moat outside the BP petrol station.

A car stranded in floodwater outside the BP garage in New Romney High Street.

A car stranded in floodwater outside the BP garage in New Romney High Street.

Passing traffic had to virtually swim along the road.

The flooded New Romney High Street today.

The flooded New Romney High Street today.

The downpour followed two flood alerts for Romney Marsh that day from the Environment Agency because of more strong winds along the coast.

One alert covered the coast and tidal areas from Sandgate to Lydd, including Hythe, Dymchurch, St Mary’s Bay, Littlestone, Greatstone, New Romney and communities on the Romney Marsh up to the Royal Military Canal.

The second was for the coast from Fairlight to Dungeness, including Dungeness, Lydd, Camber, Winchelsea Beach, Pett Level and the Tidal Rother to Rye, Rye Harbour and East Guldeford.

New Romney lake or town centre Results of flooding today.

New Romney lake or town centre? Results of flooding today.

The latest havoc followed winds of more than 40mph and heavy rain from the remains of Hurricane Bertha, which battered Britain on Sunday.

The remnants of Bertha had that day struck the Willesborough Windmill annual country craft fair, demolishing gazebos and leaving a powerful steam engine stuck on sodden ground.

On Facebook Steve Griggs posted: “Wet ‘n breezy in Folkestone. Tipping it down now. More like damp squib than hurricane Bertha, hoping it stays that way for Kent.”

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