Published: 19:11, 01 August 2021
| Updated: 13:51, 03 August 2021
Flash flooding has hit Kent this afternoon following a period of heavy rain – with yet more on the way.
Antonia Keane filmed water rushing past her home in Saltwood, near Hythe, at about 2.30pm.
Flash flooding in Saltwood, Hythe, this afternoon (Video: Antonia Keane)
The 31-year-old captured the moment in Grange Road at about 2.30pm.
She says the water level fell after a period of sunshine later in the afternoon, but that it has risen again following more recent rainfall.
"So bizarre," she said. "I’ve lived in Saltwood all my life and for 30 years we’ve never had a flash flood like this.
"We aren’t in a low lying area, in fact, we are quite elevated so it’s very surprising.
"No damage was done to anything, but had my two-year-old stepped out in the road it would have taken him away. It was about 30cm deep and really fast."
In Faversham meanwhile, the flash floods have caused problems for drivers.
Photos by Colin Edwards appear to show two cars that got stuck in deep water beneath a railway bridge in Forbes Road.
Dave Reynolds also shared photographs of flooding in Whitstable Road and Cyprus Road.
One Facebook user said: "I’ve never seen it this bad before! I hope the homes in the area are OK."
Another commenter said: "It’s taken me an hour to get from Brogdale to my home in Belvedere [area].
"Every route I tried was blocked by flooding. Not just Whitstable road but under the railway bridge, Tanners Street, and South Road near the brewery."
The underpass by Faversham railway station was also flooded.
The county has been hit by intermittent spells of heavy rain this weekend.
On Saturday, Raju Sakaria photographed flash flooding outside her home in Albert Road, Deal.
"I would say it got to about a foot deep, at least," said Dr Sakaria, who says this is the fourth or fifth flood she has experienced since moving to Albert Road seven years ago.
Meanwhile, tornado-like funnel clouds have been spotted in the skies across Kent this afternoon.
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