This is the third flood warning that I've seen this winter and I'm going to look pretty foolish if villages are effected like they were two years ago. Surely though this is just the Environment Agency playing safe after they (allegedly) cocked it up at Christmas Eve 2013. So are they right to issue these warnings or is it alarmist, scare mongering even, unless it's a real danger of serious damage to the towns and villages?? Here's the official warning from the EA which came to me via a Tonbridge Civic Society bulletin:
A Flood Alert has been
issued by the Environment Agency for the Middle River Medway Area.
Flooding is possible for the The River Medway from Penshurst to Hampstead Lock
at Yalding, including the Leigh Barrier Flood Storage Reservoir, the Ensfield
Road, Tonbridge, Paddock Wood, the Hop Farm, East Peckham, Branbridges and Hale
Low lying land and roads will be affected first.
Be prepared to protect yourself, family, pets and property.
No flood warnings are currently in force
Heavy rain overnight and through the day has led to high levels on the upper
Medway. Outflows from the Leigh flood storage area will peak between ten pm and
4am on Thursday morning. We will not need to use the flood storage area as no
properties are at risk of flooding and flows are not high enough.
Around East Peckham and Yalding the river levels have been dropped for routine
inspections so will have appeared to have been very low recently.
We continue to monitor the situation and will update messages as required. The
current forecast is for light showers which will be followed by more persistent
rain on Saturday
- Prepare a flood kit including a torch, batteries, mobile phone, warm clothes,
water, food and any prescription medicines you may need.
- Avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water.
- Farmers should consider moving livestock and equipment away from areas likely
- Keep an eye on local water levels and weather conditions. Visit the
Environment Agency website www.gov.uk/environment-agency
for river level and flooding information.
- Call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 using quickdial 012641 for up-to-date
Kent and South London Flood Resilience Team
Orchard House, Endeavour Park, Addington
Kent, ME19 5SH
Telephone Floodline on: 0345 988 1188