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Kent weather: Torrential rain causes havoc on county's roads


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Torrential rain caused rush-hour havoc on Kent's roads - with several crashes on busy routes, widespread flooding and rail services disrupted.

A stretch of the A21 at Pembury, near Tunbridge Wells, was closed following a multi-vehicle crash.

Cars make their way through flooding in New Dover Road, Canterbury

Police were called to the coastbound carriageway at about 5.30am.

Officers and paramedics were sent to the scene, but police say no serious injuries have been reported.

On the M20, one lane was blocked following another multi-vehicle crash near junction 2 at A20 London Road (Wrotham Brands Hatch Circuit).

Flooding in London Road, Aylesford. Picture: UKNIP
Flooding in London Road, Aylesford. Picture: UKNIP

There was also disruption just past junction 7 (Detling) of the London-bound carriageway due to flooding.

On the A20 Main Road in Farningham, there was an accident involving a van and a tree, near the A225 Dartford Road.

Police attended the scene at about 5.20am.

The van driver required hospital treatment, but their injuries were not believed to be serious.

Sustained rainfall through the early morning caused flooding on some key routes.

The M26 eastbound entry slip-road at Junction 2A at London Road (Wrotham) was closed due to flooding.

In Gravesend, tailed back along Wrotham Road due to flooding on the A227 beneath the old A2.

Flooding in New Dover Road, Canterbury
Flooding in New Dover Road, Canterbury

The water is also causing issues in New Dover Road in Canterbury, outside Barton Vets, where the road is entirely underwater save for a small stretch in the middle.

Meanwhile the railway line between Broadstairs and Dumpton Park is shut due to a fallen tree and rush-hour services between Margate and Ramsgate are being cancelled or delayed.

Services between Dartford and Hither Green via Sidcup are also suspended due to a broken down train at Bexley.

Flood warning

Flood alerts have been issued for parts of the county.

The Environment Agency is urging people to be prepared for possible flooding around the River Darent from Westerham to Dartford, the River Shuttle and River Cray near Dartford, and the Ravensbourne area in the London Boroughs of Lewisham, Bromley, Greenwich and Croydon.

Its website says: "While uncertainty remains around exact timings and which areas will experience the heaviest rain there is a possibility that rivers could respond quickly and overtop their banks.

"Flooding to low lying land, roads and riverside gardens is possible.

Flooding in New Dover Road, Canterbury
Flooding in New Dover Road, Canterbury

"Surface water flooding may also affect low lying areas.

"We recommend you monitor local weather conditions. You should avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water.

"We are monitoring rainfall and river levels and are checking rivers for blockages."

For all the forecasts, warnings and weather related news, click here.

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