North Kent Residents on High Alert as Flood Warnings Issued for Medway and Surrounding Areas

Flood alerts have been issued for Medway and surrounding areas in north Kent, as high tides are expected to continue throughout the day.

The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for parts of the River Medway, including Aylesford, Larkfield, New Hythe, Wouldham, North Halling, the Medway Towns, Medway City Estate, Upnor, Hoo, and Lower Halstow. Residents in these areas are advised to take necessary precautions and follow their flood plan if they have one.

The warning comes as tides are expected to be higher than usual due to forecasted weather conditions during spring tides. The Environment Agency has also advised people to stay away from beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths, and roads due to the danger posed by large waves and sea spray.

The flood warning is in effect until 5:15pm today, with the high tide expected at 3:15pm. After this, the Environment Agency predicts that the weather will settle and no further impacts are expected.

In addition, the Thames Barrier will be closing at midday as a precautionary measure.

Areas at risk of tidal flooding from Dartford to Allhallows, including Crayford, Greenhithe, Northfleet, Gravesend, and the North Kent Marshes, have also been issued with warnings.

The Environment Agency will continue to monitor the situation and will either remove or update the warnings at 9pm this evening. In the meantime, residents in flood-prone areas are advised to stay vigilant and take necessary precautions.

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