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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There are no Flood Alerts currently in force for this area. See below for historical flood warnings.

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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

  • We have only been collating detailed flood messages since May 2017.
  • Each Flood Alert may have multiple updates. The messages listed below may therefore be greater than the number of alerts detailed in the Flood Alert table above.

Flood Alert issued on 9 Mar 2021 17:12
Groundwater
Groundwater levels in East Kent peaked at the end of February. Since then the groundwater levels have consistently reduced, however, the rate of reduction is very gradual and as a result groundwater levels will remain high for a number of weeks. The drier conditions over the past two weeks have helped to reduce the groundwater level as the overall flow was contained within the bournes in the area, particularly on the Nailbourne. The forecast is for wet weather for the rest of the week. This rainfall may cause groundwater levels to rise once again, however, we do not expect the rainfall to adversely affect the situation. Property flooding is not expected at this time. The Environment Agency continues to monitor the evolving situation and will update this message by Thursday the 11th of March 2021, or sooner should the situation change significantly.


Flood Alert issued on 2 Mar 2021 18:00
Groundwater
Groundwater levels in East Kent peaked last week and have now started to fall, however, the groundwater level will remain high for a number of weeks. The drier conditions over the past few weeks has resulted in a reduction in the rate of groundwater increase and more recently the fall in groundwater levels. There has been a moderate reduction in the flow in the Bournes, particularly on the Nailbourne. The forecast is for mostly dry weather this week with light rain on Thursday the 4th of March. Further unsettled weather is forecast for next week, but property flooding is not expected at this time unless the forecast changes dramatically. The Environment Agency continues to monitor the evolving situation and will update this message by Tuesday the 9th of March 2021, or sooner should the situation change significantly.


Flood Alert issued on 23 Feb 2021 18:13
Groundwater
Groundwater levels in East Kent remain high however, the rate of groundwater level increase has slowed over the past few weeks. The drier conditions over the past few weeks has resulted in a reduction in the rate of groundwater increase and there has been a moderate improvement as the flow in the Bournes has stabilised and reduced slightly. The forecast is for dry weather and as a result property flooding is not expected at this time unless the forecast changes dramatically. The Environment Agency continues to monitor the evolving situation and will update this message by Tuesday 2 March 2021, or sooner should the situation change significantly.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Feb 2021 17:59
Groundwater
The rate of groundwater level increase in East Kent has slowed over recent days. Drier conditions associated with last week’s colder weather resulted in a reduction of the rate of groundwater increase, relative to that experienced over recent weeks. Whilst groundwater levels throughout East Kent remain high, there has been a moderate improvement as the flow in the Bournes has stabilised and reduced slightly over the last few days. The expectation is that properties and infrastructure in East Kent susceptible to groundwater flooding will be exposed to a similar level of risk over the coming days. The Environment Agency continues to monitor the evolving situation and will update this message by Tuesday 23 February 2021, or sooner should the situation change significantly.


Flood Alert issued on 9 Feb 2021 17:22
Groundwater
Groundwater levels continue to rise in East Kent. Since early January levels increased rapidly in response to higher than average rainfall received in December and storm Christoph. 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 16 February 2021, or sooner if the situation changes significantly.


Flood Alert issued on 1 Feb 2021 15:30
Groundwater
Groundwater levels in East Kent have been rising throughout the winter following higher than average rainfall in December. Since early January, levels increased rapidly in response to rainfall received during December and storm Christoph. 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 9 February 2021, or sooner if the situation changes significantly.


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.