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Flood alerts issued for north Kent

By Chris Price

Flood alerts have been issued across Kent due to high tides and strong winds.

People living in areas across the northern coast of the county have been told to be prepared, with tides due to be highest between 1pm and 2.30pm tomorrow (Sunday).

The Environment Agency has warned of flooding to promenades and coastal footpaths as well as low-lying land and roads.

Flooding in Gravesend earlier this year
Flooding in Gravesend earlier this year

The areas where warnings have been issues are:

  • Tidal Medway, the Medway estuary and Isle of Grain, including Aylesford, Medway Towns, Lower Halstow, Middle Stoke and Lower Stoke
  • Dartford to Allhallows, including Crayford, Greenhithe, Northfleet, Gravesend and the North Kent Marshes
  • Isle of Sheppey and north Kent coast from Kemsley to Seasalter, including Sheerness, Minster, Queenborough, Leysdown on Sea, Sittingbourne and Faversham
  • Whitstable to Margate, including Herne Bay, Reculver, Marshside, Saint Nicholas at Wade, Birchington and Westgate on Sea.

Although high tide is from 1pm to 2.30pm, treacherous conditions may apply one to two hours either side of the high tide.

Flooding of properties is not forecast at this point and no flooding is expected from the hide tide overnight tonight.

The Environment Agency is closely monitoring the situation and its incident response staff will be checking and operating defences tomorrow.

People are advised to be careful along beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths and roads as large waves and sea spray could be dangerous.

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