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Environment Agency releases flood warning for River Medway area following Storm Erik

By KentOnline reporter

Heavy rain overnight has prompted the Environment Agency to issue a flood warning for towns and villages near the River Medway.

The agency says flooding is possible today from Forest Row to Penshurst, including Ashurst and from Yalding to Aylesford. That includes the Leigh Barrier Flood Storage Reservoir, Tonbridge, Paddock Wood, East Peckham, Branbridges and Hale Street.

Flooding of low lying land between Barming and Maidstone town centre is also expected, particularly towpaths and subways at Lockmeadow.

Heavy rainfall has sparked the warning (6376532)
Heavy rainfall has sparked the warning (6376532)

Properties are not thought to be at risk at this point.

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: "River levels have risen as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is likely today.

"No further rainfall is forecast until Saturday evening.

"We expect river levels to remain high throughout the weekend. We are closely monitoring the situation.

Low lying areas are likely to flood
Low lying areas are likely to flood

"Our incident response staff are out on the ground checking and clearing any blockages and debris from rivers. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near the River Medway."

Yesterday the Met Office issued a warning with Storm Erik bringing winds of up to 60mph, which caused disruption during the evening rush-hour.

The gusty weather meant the A20 Roundhill Tunnel had to be closed for emergency repairs to the CCTV towers there. It remained shut into this morning.

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