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The Nailbourne flows through Barham, near Canterbury, for first time since 2014

A section of a small river which has lain dormant for six years is flowing through a village.

Due to recent heavy rainfall, The Nailbourne - which meanders its way past a number of settlements surrounding Canterbury - has reached Barham for the first time since 2014.

The Nailbourne heading towards The Causeway in Barham. Picture: Diana Forrest
The Nailbourne heading towards The Causeway in Barham. Picture: Diana Forrest

More than just a mere puddle on the road, it is currently flowing down South Barham Road towards the heart of the village.

The Nailbourne, which originates in Lyminge, last reached this far into the village six years ago during the 2014 floods.

From Barham, the often-dry tributary makes its way to the lake at Bourne Park after passing Derringstone and Bishopsbourne.

It later becomes the Little Stour and carries on northwards before it merges into the River Stour at Plucks Gutter, near Sarre.

Villagers living near the waterway's route will have the chance to stock up on sandbags this Saturday in the pavilion at Bekesbourne recreation ground.

The Naillbourne flowing near Patrixbourne after heavy rain in February 2013
The Naillbourne flowing near Patrixbourne after heavy rain in February 2013

Lightweight sandbags which are easier to handle - and swell when exposed to water - will be on sale.

But experts do not predict any flooding for nearby homes.

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