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  1. Sarah Saunders (@SSaundersITV)

VIDEO : 'Stiff breeze' could fell trees on flooded nature reserve in Kent

As families continue to count the cost of the storms which hit the south east - one nature reserve in Kent is counting the environmental cost. Wardens say the recent flooding plunged Gazen Salts in Sandwich into crisis.

The warden says the influx of salt water killed fish and plant life - and has left the ground so sodden that even a stiff breeze could knock over mature trees. Sarah Saunders spoke to Karen Potter and Brian Scott of the Gazen Salts Nature Reserve.

  1. David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

Encouraging kids to consider science

Take a tin of spaghetti, a box of bees and a smoothie-maker and what have you got? In one part of the south east, a recipe for a fascinating science lesson! A science fair, at the old Pfizer site in Sandwich, was put on to attract youngsters to the worlds of technology and maths.

David Johns donned his lab coat and went along to take a look. He spoke to scientist Robert Wybrow, engineer Victoria Roots, Kent County Councillor Mark Dance (Con), and Discovery Park MD Paul Barber.


  1. David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

Gardens destroyed by floods

Homes were flooded, trains cancelled and ports closed. But the true cost of last week's tidal surge is only now being understood. Sandwich and Faversham bore the brunt in Kent. In Sussex, roads like the A23 were partially closed for a time and rail services disrupted.

But one property in Sandwich is counting the cost more than most. The secret gardens at Salutation house lie perilously close to the River Stour. It's estimated that £100,000 worth of damage has been done to historic ornamental gardens after they were flooded.

It's a devastating blow to the owners who've spent years restoring them as David Johns reports. He speaks to Head Gardener Steven Edney, and the Gardens' owner Dominic Parker.

Risk of coastal flooding remains in the South East

Parts of the South East have been hit by flooding overnight following a tidal surge. The Environment Agency is warning communities and businesses to remain vigilant as they are still at significant risk of coastal flooding this afternoon.

In Kent around 500 homes were evacuated in areas including Sandwich, Seasalter and Faversham. The port of Dover had to close in the early hours due to a partial power cut but is now open. Our reporter John Ryall spent the night in Sandwich.


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