Flood Alert Info - Groundwater flooding in East Kent

Area Description

Areas at risk from Groundwater flooding including the Petham Bourne, Alkham bourne and Nailbourne including Elham, Barham, Bishopsbourne, Bridge, Patrixbourne and Bekesbourne.
This is a Flood Alert Area. For this area the highest level of flood notification that you will receive is a Flood Alert. No Flood Warnings or Severe Flood Warnings are issued for this area.
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Area Covered by this Flood Alert

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Flood Alert History

Number of historic Flood Alerts that have previously been recorded for this area:
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Historical Flood Alert Messages for this Area


Flood Alert issued on 31 Mar 2020 13:45
Groundwater
Groundwater levels in East Kent have been rising throughout the winter following higher than average rainfall. Levels continued to increase throughout most of February and early March in response to heavy rainfall and storm events. Groundwater levels currently remain high but stable with the onset of drier conditions. Properties in and around the Nailbourne Valley, Alkham and Petham may experience flooding from groundwater. However, due to the nature of groundwater flooding, other properties across East Kent may also experience flooding. Further rainfall could cause groundwater levels to rise further increasing the flood risk. The Environment Agency is monitoring the situation and will update this message by Tuesday 07 April, or sooner if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 24 Mar 2020 23:14
Groundwater
Groundwater levels in East Kent have been rising throughout the winter following higher than average rainfall. Levels continued to increase throughout most of February and early March in response to heavy rainfall and storm events. Groundwater levels currently remain high but stable with the onset of dryer conditions. Properties in and around the Nailbourne Valley, Alkham and Petham may experience flooding from groundwater. However, due to the nature of groundwater flooding, other properties across East Kent may also experience flooding. Further rainfall could cause groundwater levels to rise further increasing the flood risk. The Environment Agency is monitoring the situation and will update this message by Tuesday 31th March, or sooner if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 17 Mar 2020 14:13
Groundwater
Groundwater levels in East Kent have been rising throughout the winter following higher than average rainfall. Since mid-February, levels increased rapidly in response to rainfall received during Storms Ciara, Dennis and heavy rainfall on the 5th March. Properties in and around the Nailbourne Valley, Alkham and Petham may soon experience flooding from groundwater. However, due to the nature of groundwater flooding, other properties across East Kent may also experience flooding. Further rainfall could cause groundwater levels to rise further increasing the flood risk. The Environment Agency is monitoring the situation and will update this message by Tuesday 24th March, or sooner if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 10 Mar 2020 14:03
Groundwater
Groundwater levels in East Kent have been rising throughout the winter following higher than average rainfall. Since mid-February, levels increased rapidly in response to rainfall received during Storms Ciara, Dennis and heavy rainfall on the 5th March. Properties in and around the Nailbourne Valley, Alkham and Petham may soon experience flooding from groundwater. However, due to the nature of groundwater flooding, other properties across East Kent may also experience flooding. Further rainfall could cause groundwater levels to rise further increasing the flood risk. The Environment Agency is monitoring the situation and will update this message by Tuesday 17th March, or sooner if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 5 Mar 2020 18:28
Groundwater
The Nailbourne and Little Stour has been flowing since February and rising groundwater levels mean flooding is now possible. Flooding of low lying land, gardens and roads is now possible at any location including Elham, Patrixbourne, Littlebourne and Wickhambreaux. Some fords in Barham and Bridge will remain closed during March. The Little Stour Flood Relief Channel is in partial operation at Littlebourne. Temporary defences operate in Barham. The internal flooding of residential properties at ground level is not expected. This Flood Alert is likely to remain in force throughout March. We are monitoring the situation continually and are co-ordinating efforts with local authorities and community leaders. Our incident response staff are attending weedscreens and culverts regularly. This message will be updated daily.