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Flooding in Maidstone caused long delays around Rocky Hill and Sittingbourne Road

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Flooding is caused delays this morning after heavy rain overnight.

Lanes in Rocky Hill, Maidstone were blocked, causing problems for motorists heading into the County Town.

Rocky Hill is flooded in Maidstone. Picture: @KentHighways
Rocky Hill is flooded in Maidstone. Picture: @KentHighways

Delays were tailing back to Sittingbourne Road with traffic building around Broadway and London Road.

The flooding clearer at around 11 o'clock and the delays cleared.

The sudden influx of water into the subway below has left behind brown sludge.

The subway near Broadway in Maidstone was affected by the flooding overnight
The subway near Broadway in Maidstone was affected by the flooding overnight

Brown sludge left behind in the subway

A Yellow weather warning is in place today as rain lashes across the county.

This afternoon's rain could be accompanied by thunderstorms, gusty winds and hail in places.

When asked what Kent County Council's approach to flood management was, a spokeswoman said: “We clean drains on a cyclical basis which reduces the number of reactive enquiries - a more expensive method of cleaning.

“How often we clean the drains varies depending on where they are.

“Generally, roads known to flood on a frequent basis and high speed roads are cleaned every six months, while routes that provide the main connection between towns and villages are cleaned every 12 months.

“Urban and rural routes are cleaned every 18 to 24 months.

“Excessive rainfall can put the existing drainage system under immense pressure and lead to surface flooding despite regular cleaning."

The county council advises residents who see blocked drains that are causing dangerous flooding to call 03000 418181.

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