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Kent floods in pictures: River Medway bursts banks around Maidstone and Yalding

Shocking pictures show the extent of flooding that has hit the Kent after several days of heavy rain.

Weather warnings are currently in place across the county.

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)

Incredible aerial photos taken in Yalding show houses completely surrounded by flooded fields, and roads part-submerged.

Hawkeye Aerial Media, which took the pictures, tweeted: "The devastation of the floods in Yalding Kent just before Christmas and it looks like it's going to get worse before it gets better".

About 20 people were helped out of their homes by fire crews at Little Venice Caravan Park in Yalding due to flooding.

Crews were called to the area at about 10.30am and firefighters together with flood wardens and Maidstone Borough Council supported the evacuation of around 115 mobile homes at the site in Hampstead Lane.

Firefighters used an inflatable boat to gain access to residents that were most at risk. The caravan park is likely to be cut off for at least the next few days before the water subsides.

Aerial images show the extent of flooding in Yalding. Pic: Hawkeye Aerial Media (Twitter: @Hawkeye3185) (24843513)
Aerial images show the extent of flooding in Yalding. Pic: Hawkeye Aerial Media (Twitter: @Hawkeye3185) (24843513)

A Kent Fire and Rescue spokesman said: "Crews worked in a challenging environment that saw the flood water rise by about six inches throughout the day as they were evacuating residents."

Kent Fire and Rescue Service Station Manager, Lee Abel explained what the joint operation involved: “We’ve been assisting a number of people of all ages out of their properties – from the elderly to the very young. Our thoughts are with those people who’ll not be in their homes over the next few days. It’s certainly a challenging experience and can be extremely distressing, however most people are now in the care of their families, friends or with Maidstone Borough Council."

Aerial images show the extent of flooding in Yalding. Pic: Hawkeye Aerial Media (Twitter: @Hawkeye3185) (24843553)
Aerial images show the extent of flooding in Yalding. Pic: Hawkeye Aerial Media (Twitter: @Hawkeye3185) (24843553)

Roads in the area are closed and motorists are advised to avoid the Yalding and immediate area and find alternative routes.

The River Medway has also been rising steadily in nearby Tovil, where some residents are taking the precaution of protecting their homes using sandbags.

Images sent to KentOnline show what appears to be a shed being swept along by the high, fast-flowing water.

The Medway has also burst its banks in Maidstone town centre.

The river is rising steadily at Tovil. Pic: Roger J Hogg
The river is rising steadily at Tovil. Pic: Roger J Hogg
Tovil residents are taking precautions. Pic: Roger J Hogg
Tovil residents are taking precautions. Pic: Roger J Hogg

Maidstone Borough Council has tweeted advice to motorists, regarding road safety.

The authority said: "By driving through flood water, you risk being swept away. Just 30cm of moving water can float your car.

"Please drive safely."

The government's Met Office has issued a yellow warning of rain across Kent and the south of the country, as heavy rain moves east across southern areas.

It warns that some travel disruption is likely, and that some homes and businesses are likely to flood.

The River Medway has burst its banks in Maidstone town centre. Pic: Matt Payne
The River Medway has burst its banks in Maidstone town centre. Pic: Matt Payne
The River Medway has burst its banks in Maidstone. Pic: Matt Payne (24842575)
The River Medway has burst its banks in Maidstone. Pic: Matt Payne (24842575)

The warning was originally in place until this evening but has been extended until 9am tomorrow (Sunday).

Flood warnings have also been issued, for the River Medway, Alder Stream, Coult Stream and River Bourne, along with the River Teise and River Beult at Yalding, and Rivers Eden and Eden Brook from Crowhurst and Blindley Heath to Penshurst.

Several roads across the county have been closed due to floods.

Yalding is shut to through traffic. Old Road in East Peckham is also closed between Hale Street and Pound Road, because cars travelling at speed could cause water to flood roadside homes. Diversion signs are in place.

Angel Lane in Tonbridge is shut due to flooding on the carriageway.

In Hildenborough, Riding Lane is closed between junctions with Riding Park and Hildenborough Road.

Tonbridge swimming pool and town centre, photographed on Sunday. Pic: Marcus Novius (Twitter: MNovius) (24919578)
Tonbridge swimming pool and town centre, photographed on Sunday. Pic: Marcus Novius (Twitter: MNovius) (24919578)

The weather is also causing complications with railway services.

A bus replacement service is currently in operation between Strood and Maidstone, following a landslide.

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

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