Flood Warning Info - River Beult from Bethersden and Pluckley to Stile Bridge

Area Description

River Beult from Bethersden and Pluckley to Stile Bridge, including Smarden, Headcorn, Staplehurst and Hawkenbury.
This is a Flood Warning Area. For this area, you may receive Flood Warnings or Severe Flood Warnings.
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There are no Flood Warnings currently in force for this area. See below for historical flood warnings.

Area Covered by this Flood Warning

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Flood Warning History

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

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

Flood Warning issued on 15 Jan 2021 09:11
River Beult
River levels are high but stabilising as a result of heavy rainfall. The risk of flooding remains. Flooding is possible to properties in and around Staplehurst and Chickenden Lane. Peak levels will be similar to the flooding on 28 December 2020. No further significant rainfall is forecast until Saturday 16 January 2021. Levels are falling near Smarden but we expect river levels to remain high, rising in the lower Beult until 11am today, Friday 15 January 2021. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are actively monitoring the situation and are out on the ground checking and clearing any blockages and debris from the river. Please move possessions and valuables off the ground or to safety and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers between Smarden and Yalding, which may be flooded. This message will be updated by 9pm this evening, Friday 15 January 2021, or as the situation changes.


Flood Warning issued on 14 Jan 2021 20:23
River Beult
River levels are high but stabilising as a result of heavy rainfall. The risk of flooding remains. Flooding is possible to properties on and around Staplehurst and Chickenden Lane. Peak levels will be similar to the flooding on 28 December 2020. No further significant rainfall is forecast until Saturday, 16 January 2021. We expect river levels to remain high, rising in the lower Beult until 8am on 15 January 2021. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are actively monitoring the situation and are out on the ground checking and clearing any blockages and debris from the river. Please move possessions and valuables off the ground or to safety and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers between Smarden and Yalding, which may be flooded. This message will be updated by 9am tomorrow morning, 15 January 2021, or as the situation changes.


Flood Warning issued on 14 Jan 2021 14:17
River Beult
River levels are continuing to rise as a result of heavy rainfall overnight and today. Flooding of property, roads and low lying land is expected from 3pm today, Thursday 14 January. Property flooding is possible around Smarden and around Chickenden Lane. Peak levels are expected to be similar to those seen on 28 December 2020. We are closely monitoring the situation and our incident response staff are out on the ground checking and clearing any blockages and debris from rivers. Please move possessions and valuables off the ground or to safety and move family, pets and cars to safety. This message will be updated by 9pm this evening, Thursday 14 January, or as the situation changes.


Flood Warning issued on 28 Dec 2020 10:03
River Beult
The risk of flooding remains from the River Beult. Levels are now falling between Bethersden and Headcorn. Levels remain high at Staplehurst and Stilebridge but should begin to decline by late morning of Monday 28 December. Peak levels are not currently expected to be as high as those experienced last winter. Wintry showers are forecast today. Please avoid driving through floodwater. This message will be updated by 7pm on Monday 28 December or as the situation changes.


Flood Warning issued on 27 Dec 2020 20:31
River Beult
River levels remain very high as a result of heavy rainfall. Flooding of property, roads and low lying land is expected to continue this evening, Sunday 27 December 2020. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for properties around Smarden, Chickenden Lane and Clapper Lane. River levels have peaked this afternoon at Smarden and have started to fall slowly. Flood conditions are expected to continue overnight. River levels are expected to peak at Stilebridge at around 10am on Monday 28 December. We are closely monitoring the situation. Further heavy showers are possible overnight but are not expected to cause additional flooding. This message will be updated by 9am on Monday 28 December, or as the situation changes.


Flood Warning issued on 27 Dec 2020 12:14
River Beult
River levels have risen as a result of heavy rainfall. Flooding of property, roads and low lying land is expected from 1pm today, Sunday 27 December 2020. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for properties on and around Chickenden Lane and Clapper Lane. We expect river levels to remain high overnight into Monday 28 December and to reach similar levels to those experienced in March 2020. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please stay aware in case further warnings are issued. This message will be updated by 8pm this evening, Sunday 27 December, or as the situation changes.


Flood Warning issued on 7 Mar 2020 04:06
River Beult
River levels remain high but have fallen between Bethersden and Hawkenbury and are now beginning to fall between Stilebridge and Hunton. River levels peaked in Hunton at around midnight this morning, Saturday 7 March. Flooding of some vulnerable properties is still possible, but the risk in this area is now reducing. Flooding of local roads and low lying land is likely to continue until Sunday, 8 March. We are closely monitoring the situation and have staff in the area supporting partners and the community. Residents should maintain any property flood protection products and move possessions and valuables off the ground or to safety. Please avoid contact with flood water and remain safe in the area of concern. Further rainfall is forecast for Sunday but this is not currently expected to lead to any further significant impacts. This Flood Warning message will be updated or removed by 12pm Saturday 7 March, or as the situation changes.


Flood Warning issued on 6 Mar 2020 20:12
River Beult
River levels are now falling between Bethersden and Staplehurst and have stabilised between Hawkenbury and Stilebridge. Levels should continue to decline overnight and throughout Saturday 7 March. Our incident response staff are liaising with emergency services and our partners. Please avoid contact with flood water and remain safe in the area of concern. This message will be updated by 10am tomorrow morning, Saturday 7 March, or as the situation changes.


Flood Warning issued on 6 Mar 2020 11:52
River Beult
River levels continue to rise on the lower river Beult as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of property is expected to continue. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for properties on and around Chickenden Lane, Staplehurst. No further rainfall is forecast until Sunday. We expect river levels to rise on the lower river Beult until 4am, 07/03/20. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are out on the ground and liaising with emergency services and our partners. Please activate any property flood protection measures you may have, such as flood barriers and air brick covers and move possessions and valuables off the ground or to safety. This message will be updated by 8pm this evening, 06/03/20, or as the situation changes.


Flood Warning issued on 6 Mar 2020 02:44
River Beult
River levels have risen and remain very high around Smarden and are expected to continue to rise towards Stilebridge during Friday morning, following persistent heavy rainfall yesterday. Flooding of properties around Smarden, Headcorn and around Chickenden Lane is likely. Peak flood levels at Smarden are expected between 2am and 4am and peak level at Headcorn and Hawkenbury are expected between 11am and 3pm on Friday 6 March. We are closely monitoring the situation from our incident room and have had staff patrolling the area. Please move possessions and valuables off the ground or to safety, and remain safe in the area of concern. Other areas may still experience impacts so please avoid contact with flood waters, standing waters may remain even as the river levels fall. No further rainfall is forecast. This message will be updated by 11am tomorrow morning, Friday 6th March, or as the situation changes.


Flood Warning issued on 5 Mar 2020 20:25
River Beult
River levels have risen as a result of persistent heavy rainfall today, Thursday 5th March. Consequently, flooding of property is imminent. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for properties on and around Chickenden Lane. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 3 hours. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please move possessions and valuables off the ground or to safety, avoid contact with flood water and remain safe in the area of concern. This message will be updated by 6am tomorrow morning, Friday 6th March, or as the situation changes.


Flood Warning issued on 22 Dec 2019 21:54
River Beult
River levels in the River Beult remain high following rainfall over the last few days. Rainfall late on Saturday has caused river levels to rise again, but we expect river levels to slowly fall through Sunday 22 and Monday 23 December. This Flood Warning remains in force, and flooding may still affect low-lying properties. We will update this message by 9am on Monday 23 December, or as the situation changes.


Flood Warning issued on 22 Dec 2019 15:26
River Beult
River levels in the River Beult remain high following rainfall over the last few days. Rainfall late on Saturday has caused river levels to rise again, but we expect river levels to slowly fall through Sunday 22 December. This Flood Warning remains in force, and flooding may still affect low-lying properties. We will update this message by 11pm on Sunday 22 December, or as the situation changes.


Flood Warning issued on 22 Dec 2019 05:06
River Beult
River levels in the River Beult remain high following rainfall over the last few days. Rainfall late on Saturday has caused river levels to rise again, but we expect river levels to slowly fall through Sunday 22 December. This Flood Warning remains in force, and flooding may still affect low-lying properties. We will update this message by 3pm on Sunday 22 December, or as the situation changes.


Flood Warning issued on 21 Dec 2019 19:36
River Beult
The Flood Warning for the River Beult remains in force. Levels have fallen slowly throughout Saturday 21 December. Further rain is forecast for Saturday evening over the Beult catchment which could cause levels to increase overnight. Levels are not forecast to reach those seen on Friday 20 December but could still result in flooding of low lying property. We will update this message by 6am on Sunday 22 December.


Flood Warning issued on 21 Dec 2019 12:58
River Beult
Heavy showers have held river levels high and they remain at their peak level on the river Beult at Stile Bridge. This warning remains in force in part because levels remain high closer to Stilebridge and because of forecast rainfall overnight. We are continuing to monitor conditions in the catchment and are clearing blockages where they are identified. Residents are recommended to remain vigilant .A few heavy showers are forecast throughout the day before a band of frontal rain passes through overnight from saturday to sunday 21st and 22nd December 2019. River levels will respond to this but given the forecast it is not thought that conditions will be any worse than they were on Friday.


Flood Warning issued on 21 Dec 2019 05:05
River Beult
River levels between Bethersden and Headcorn have peaked and will continue to fall slowly through Saturday 21/12/2019. However, levels are still likely to continue to rise slightly between Staplehurst and Stilebridge. Further rain is forecast for Saturday, but this is unlikely to result in significant additional increases in flood levels. This message will be updated on Saturday afternoon, or as the situation changes.


Flood Warning issued on 20 Dec 2019 21:17
River Beult
Levels between Bethersden and Headcorn have now peaked and will continue to decline overnight into Saturday 21 December. However, levels are still likely to continue to rise slightly between Staplehurst and Stilebridge. Further showers are forecast overnight but these are unlikely to result in significant additional increases in flood levels. This message will be updated by 6am on Saturday 21 December or as the situation changes.


Flood Warning issued on 20 Dec 2019 11:15
River Beult
Following persistent heavy rainfall, levels in the River Beult have risen and are continuing to do so. Rainfall is tailing off today, 20/12/19 and a period of dry weather is expected between now and Saturday morning, 21/12/19. Flooding of property in the upper reaches of the river Beult is possible, especially in the area around Chickenden Lane - within the next few hours, it is anticipated that river levels will continue to rise through the afternoon as this mornings rainfall feeds through the catchment. Further rainfall is forecast to fall Saturday morning and into the evening, river levels will respond. We are monitoring the situation and our staff are patrolling the catchment to check for debris and clear blockages.