Flood Alert: Middle River Medway

Published: 27 November 2019

A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency.

Flood Alert in force: Middle River Medway.

Flooding is possible for: The River Medway from Penshurst to Hampstead Lock at Yalding, including the Leigh Flood Storage Area, the Ensfield Road, Tonbridge, Paddock Wood, the Hop Farm, East Peckham, Branbridges and Hale Street.

Be prepared.

River levels are forecast to rise as a result of heavy rainfall on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Consequently, flooding of low-lying roads, footpaths and farmland is expected along the River Medway between Penshurst and the Yalding area, between 16:00 today, Wednesday 27th November, and 16:00 tomorrow, Thursday 28th November. We are not expecting internal flooding of properties from the Medway but we are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are on the ground, checking our structures and removing any blockages where safe to do so. This message will be updated by 20:00 today, or as the situation changes.

To check the latest information for your area

* Visit the GOV.UK website to see the current flood warnings, view river and sea levels or check the 5-day flood risk forecast: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/target-area/064WAF8MidMed

* Or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 using quickdial code: 217035.

* Follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter.

* Tune into weather, news and travel bulletins on local television and radio.

What you should consider doing now

* Monitor local water levels and weather conditions.

* Get ready to act on your flood plan if you have one.

* Move your car or other vehicles to higher ground, if it is safe to do so.

* Prepare a flood kit of essential items including a torch with spare batteries, mobile phone and charger, warm clothes, home insurance documents, water, food, first aid kit and any prescription medicines or baby care items you may need.

* Check that you know how to turn off your gas, electricity and water mains supplies.

* In rural locations, farmers should consider moving livestock and equipment away from areas likely to flood.

* Avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water. 30 cm of fast-flowing water can move a car and 6 inches can knock an adult off their feet.

* Flood water is dangerous and may be polluted. Wash your hands thoroughly if you've been in contact with it.