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Kent floods: Hundreds of homes evacuated in Little Venice caravan park, in Yalding near Maidstone

Hundreds of people have been forced to leave their homes after flooding has hit Kent.

Heavy rain has lashed the county for days, leading to flood warnings in place across the area.

A resident and her dog are ferried by dinghy at the flooded Little Venice Country Park in Yalding. Pic: Stephen Lock/i-Images
A resident and her dog are ferried by dinghy at the flooded Little Venice Country Park in Yalding. Pic: Stephen Lock/i-Images

About 200 homes in Little Venice caravan park, Maidstone, were evacuated yesterday, as the borough council, Environment Agency and fire service worked to help those in at-risk areas.

Many residents had already fled the area over concerns about the rising water levels, but about 20 people were still on the site and were helped to safety.

A MBC spokesman said: "Incident Liaison Officers have been visiting the areas most affected including Yalding, Laddingford, Collier Street, Staplehurst, Marden, Headcorn and Little Venice.

"At Little Venice around 200 residents were evacuated from their homes yesterday.

"Many of the residents sourced their own alternative accommodation, but MBC assisted those who weren’t able to find somewhere and provided them with somewhere to stay.

Residents put on a brave face outside a flooded home in Yalding. Pic: Stephen Lock/i-Images
Residents put on a brave face outside a flooded home in Yalding. Pic: Stephen Lock/i-Images
Aerial images show the extent of flooding in Yalding. Pic: Hawkeye Aerial Media (Twitter: @Hawkeye3185)
Aerial images show the extent of flooding in Yalding. Pic: Hawkeye Aerial Media (Twitter: @Hawkeye3185)

Video: The River Medway has burst its banks by Lockmeadow Entertainment Centre

"According to the Environment Agency Maidstone currently has one flood warning affecting the River Medway between Yalding and Maidstone, and one flood alert affecting the Lower River Medway.

"The MBC emergency planning team continues to monitor the situation and will assist if water levels rise and our residents become at risk of flooding."

Shocking images show the extent of the floods across the county, as the Medway and other rivers have burst their banks.

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

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