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Flood alerts in place across Kent after heavy rain

Flood alerts are in place across Kent following heavy rain overnight.

Flooding is possible in the rural area around Ashford near the upper River Stour.

Flooding may occur in some areas of Kent
Flooding may occur in some areas of Kent

Water levels are also rising in the River Rother and its tributaries from Turks Bridge to the Royal Military Canal, which includes land near Tenterden.

In addition, flooding may occur in the area to the west of Tunbridge Wells as the water rises in the upper River Medway.

And the heavy showers have also hit the Edenbridge area near the Rivers Eden and Eden Brook.

Low-lying land and roads are the places most at risk of flooding and river levels are expected to remain high until later on today or this evening, depending on the specific area.

People are being advised to avoid walking along low-lying farmland or footpaths near the watercourses.

The warning has been enforced for the lower River Medway. Stock picture: Matthew Walker
The warning has been enforced for the lower River Medway. Stock picture: Matthew Walker

Flooding of properties is not expected.

A flood alert was also issued for the lower and middle River Medway.

Flooding is possible for the river from Hampstead Lock at Yalding to Allington Lock, including East Farleigh, Wateringbury, Teston and Teston Park, Tovil and Maidstone including Millennium Park.

Flooding is also possible from Penshurst to Hampstead Lock at Yalding, including the Leigh Flood Storage Area, the Ensfield Road, Tonbridge, Paddock Wood, the Hop Farm, East Peckham, Branbridges and Hale Street.

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: "River levels have risen as a result of heavy rainfall during Tuesday and Tuesday night."

Flooding of low lying land along the river, particularly the footpaths in Maidstone and riverside fields between Yalding and Allington, is expected.

The River Medway in Maidstone reaches high levels this morning(22690095)
The River Medway in Maidstone reaches high levels this morning(22690095)

Flooding is possible from mid-afternoon today until Friday, November 29, with the peak level likely tomorrow morning.

The spokesman added: "We are closely monitoring the situation."

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