The £20 million flood defence scheme will reduce the risk of tidal flooding to Sandwich and Stonar Loop. Currently there;s a 1 in 20 chance of tidal flooding for some properties in the area. The new tidal defence scheme will provide a 1 in 200 standard protection to more than 500 properties.
Work to protect homes and businesses from flooding gets underway today. The Sandwich Town Tidal Defence Scheme will affect 488 homes and 94 commercial properties. It's got backing from the Environment Agency, Kent County Council and Pfizer.
A Flood Warning has been issued by the Environment Agency for the River Thames at Purley Village.Flooding is expected for the River Thames at Purley Village today. Immediate action required.
The river and flooding forecast is as follows: River levels are still rising steadily on the River Thames as a result of recent rainfall and levels remain sensitive to further rainfall forecast over the next few days.
One property has been reported as flooded and further flooding of low lying properties in Purley is expected over the next few days, particularly in the Riverside Gardens, Wintringham Way and Chestnut Grove area.
The areas under threat are Yalding, Allington and parts of Maidstone with Smarden and Headcorn are on alert too. Other areas include the upper River Medway from Forest Row to Penshurst, including Ashurst.
The Environment Agency is warning the public to remain vigilant about the risk of flooding across the South East as river and groundwater levels continue to rise across the region.
There are currently 25 flood warnings and 52 flood alerts in force across the South East.
Groundwater levels are high in parts of Hampshire, Berkshire and West Sussex, and rising in places, so any further rainfall will be carefully monitored. We are working closely with local partners to advise residents of any possible risk of flooding as a result of groundwater to make sure they are prepared.