Tidal surge flooding in Kent

Flooding in parts of Kent, caused by the tidal surge.

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Six flood alerts issued in Kent

The Environment Agency has issued flood alerts for the following areas in Kent.

  • Coast from Fairlight to Dungeness including the Tidal Rother
  • Coast from Sandgate to Dungeness
  • Coast from Pegwell Bay to Deal including the Tidal Stour
  • Coast from Seasalter to Margate
  • Tidal Medway, Swale and Coastal Isle of Sheppey
  • Coast from Dartford to Allhallows

Port of Dover prepares for possible tidal surge

The Port of Dover has said it is preparing for the possibility of a tidal surge as gale winds combine with high spring water tides later today.

Last night, staff conducted a full scale inspection of the Port estate in order to assess the potential impact of the predicted weather conditions on Port operations and on neighbouring businesses and residences.

Customers are being advised to contact their chosen ferry operator before travelling.


Coastal paths and promenades 'highly dangerous'

Gale force winds and large waves along the east coast of England are forecast during Thursday and Friday, coinciding with high tides and a significant coastal surge.

Flooding of some coastal communities is expected and some defences could be overtopped by the combined effect of high tides, high winds and a tidal surge.

Coastal paths and promenades will be highly dangerous as there is an increased risk of people being swept out to sea..."

– Dr Paul Leinster, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency

Severe flood warning issued for Sandwich

The Environment Agency has issued a Severe Flood Warning for Sandwich Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Environment Agency has issued a Severe Flood Warning for The Quay, in Sandwich. High tides are expected overnight on Friday 6 December and pose a severe flood risk to properties in this Flood Warning Area. People are being warned to be prepared.

Flood warnings issued for coastal areas in Kent

The Environment Agency (EA) has issued six flood warnings for the South East. They say huge tidal surges could top flood defences bring "significant coastal flooding" overnight.

In some places, sea levels could be as high as those during the the devastating floods of 1953, the EA said, although flood defences since then, should provide better protection than 60 years ago.

Flood warnings have been issues for the following areas in Kent.

  • Gravesend, Denton and Greenhithe
  • The Pfizer Site
  • Sandwich
  • Ash level, Minster marsh and Stodmarsh communities
  • Grove Ferry and Plucks Gutter
  • Coastal areas from Pegwell Bay to Folkestone
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