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Groundwater flooding in East Kent

Flood alert

Groundwater levels in East Kent continue to show a slow but steady decline during May. The Alkham Bourne and the Nailbourne between Lyminge and Littlebourne are still flowing. Localised flooding will continue to affect low-lying land, roads, and water infrastructure around the Elham Valley, Alkham and Petham. Other communities in East Kent may also be impacted.

Please avoid walking or driving through flood water. As of Friday 17 May, the forecast is for localised showers until Saturday evening with drier conditions following into next week. We are monitoring the situation and are working with local authorities and communities with the deployment of temporary defences, such as Canterbury City Council’s temporary defences in Barham and the Littlebourne Flood Relief channel. Our staff are maintaining and clearing key structures.

This message will be updated by 6pm on Friday 24 May 2024. Search 'Kent Groundwater situation' on gov.uk for more information.

Information supplied by the Environment Agency

This information last updated 9:57am, Friday 17th May.

Flood Warning Area Details

Areas at risk from Groundwater flooding including the Petham Bourne, Alkham bourne and Nailbourne including Elham, Barham, Bishopsbourne, Bridge, Patrixbourne and Bekesbourne

Region: Kent, South London and East Sussex

Country: England

Counties covered: Kent

Watercourses covered: Groundwater

Area covered by this alert location

The area bounded in blue on the map shows the area covered by flood alerts and warnings for Groundwater flooding in East Kent.

Note: the area shown on the map is the area covered by flood alerts and warnings. It is not a live map of current flooding. The area covered broadly equates to the area where the risk of flooding in any year is greater than 1% (the "hundred year" flood risk).

Other Nearby Flood Warning Locations

Nailbourne and Little Stour
Communities on the Nailbourne, Little Stour and River Wingham, including Lyminge, Elham, Barham, Bridge, Bekesbourne, Littlebourne, Ickham, Wickhambreaux and Wingham

No current or recent warnings.

Littlebourne, Ickham and Wickhambreaux on the Little Stour
Little Stour at Littlebourne, Ickham and Wickhambreaux including Deerson Valley, Newnham Valley and Preston Valley

No current or recent warnings.

Nailbourne Valley
Communities in the Nailbourne Valley including Lyminge, Elham, Barham, Bridge and Bekesbourne

No current or recent warnings.

Fordwich and Sturry
Great Stour at Fordwich and Sturry

No current or recent warnings.

Tidal River Stour area from Fordwich to Stonar Cut
Tidal River Stour area from Fordwich to Stonar Cut including Stodmarsh, Grove Ferry, Plucks Gutter, Ash Level and Minster Marsh

No current or recent warnings.

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