Flood Warning Info - Tidal River Medway and Medway estuary

Area Description

Areas at risk of flooding from the tidal River Medway and the Medway Estuary, including Aylesford, Larkfield, Wouldham, Medway Towns, Upnor, Hoo and Lower Halstow.
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 21 Feb 2022 16:06
River Medway
This Flood Warning has been issued due to the high tide expected today, Monday 21 February. This is as a result of high spring tides and strong winds. The tide will be high between the hours of 3pm and 5pm today. We expect flooding to affect locations nearest the estuary, in particular around Lower Upnor, Canal Road, Strood and outer parts of the Medway Estuary. Coastal conditions are expected to improve from 5pm onwards. We are closely monitoring the situation and our incident response staff are checking our defences and structures and are prepared to respond when required. Please take action to protect yourself and your property if you believe you are at risk. Be careful along beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths and roads near the water. For those that use it, the total water level forecast for the 3:45pm tide recorded at Sheerness will be 4.1 mAOD. The wind will be a force 6 North Westerly. This message will be updated this evening or as the situation changes.


Flood Warning issued on 5 Jan 2022 08:13
River Medway
This Flood Warning has been issued due to the high tide expected today, Wednesday the 5th of January at 14:15. This is as a result of high spring tides and strong winds. The tide will be high between the hours of 12:15 to 16:15 today. We expect flooding to affect locations nearest the estuary, in particular around Lower Upnor, Canal Road, Strood and outer parts of the Medway Estuary. Coastal conditions are expected to improve from 16:15 onwards. We are closely monitoring the situation and our incident response staff are checking our defences and structures and are prepared to respond when required. Please take action to protect yourself and your property if you believe you are at risk. Be careful along beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths and roads near the water. For those that use it, the astronomical water level forecast for the 14:15 tide recorded at Sheerness will be 3.05mAOD and the forecast total water level will be 3.82mAOD. The wind will be a force 6 North Westerly. This message will be updated this afternoon or as the situation changes.


Flood Warning issued on 4 Jan 2022 10:32
River Medway
This Flood Warning has been issued due to the high tide expected today, Tuesday the 4th of January, as a result of high spring tides and strong winds. The tide will be high between 11:15 to 15:15 today, with high tide expected at 13:15. We expect flooding to affect locations nearest the estuary, in particular around Lower Upnor, Canal Road Strood and outer parts of the Medway Estuary. Coastal conditions are expected to continue until after the high tide at 14:15 tomorrow, the 05/01/22. We are closely monitoring the situation and our incident response staff are checking our defences and structures and are prepared to respond when required. Please take action to protect yourself and your property if you believe you are at risk. Be careful along beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths and roads near the water. For those that use it, the astronomical water level for the 13:15 tide recorded at Sheerness will be 3.01mAOD and the forecast total water level will be 3.85mAOD. The wind will be a force 5 Northerly wind. This message will be updated this afternoon or as the situation changes.


Flood Warning issued on 19 Nov 2020 10:25
River Medway
A large tidal surge is expected to affect the coast this afternoon as a result of low pressure in the North Sea. The tide will peak at 14:45 today Thursday 19/11/2020, however flood conditions may apply two to four hours either side of the high tide. We expect flooding to affect properties, roads, and low lying land nearest the estuary, in particular around Lower Upnor, Canal Road, Strood and outer parts of the Medway Estuary. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking and operating our defences and structures, and we are liaising with emergency services and our partners. Please move possessions and valuables off the ground or to safety, and remain aware of your local situation. This message will be updated this evening, 19/11/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Warning issued on 11 Mar 2020 09:15
River Medway
This Flood Warning has been issued due to the high tide forecast for Wednesday afternoon 11 March 2020. Highest tide level is expected to be at 1:50pm on Wednesday. Flooding is possible two hours either side of this time. Flooding to properties is possible, and we are monitoring the situation. Areas of concern include Canal Road, Strood and Upnor. Our incident response staff are checking our defences and structures and are prepared to respond if required. Please be careful along beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths and roads as large waves and sea spray could be dangerous. We are expecting higher than normal tides over the next 4 days and may be issuing further messages during this time. For those who need it, the forecast total water height at Sheerness for the 1:50pm Wednesday afternoon tide is 3.80m AOD.


Flood Warning issued on 30 Sep 2019 03:52
River Medway
A very high tide has affected the foreshore. The tide was at its highest at 2:15 am on Monday morning 30/09/19. Flooding to properties and roads is expected in the tidal Medway, particularly around Lower Upnor, and close to Canal Road, Strood. Flooding conditions may apply two hours either side of the high tide from 12:15am to 4:15am in these locations. The next tide is at 2:30pm on Monday afternoon but it is not forecasted to reach the Flood Warning level. We are experiencing exceptionally high tides for the next 4 days. We are closely monitoring the situation and our incident response staff are ready to respond if required. We are liaising with emergency services and our partners. People in the area of concern should take action to protect their property and remain safe in the area. Be careful close to the coast between the hours of 12am and 5am. This message will be updated by 11am on 30/09/2019, or as the situation changes.


Flood Warning issued on 29 Sep 2019 18:59
River Medway
This Flood Warning has been issued due to high tides expected to affect coastal locations in this area. Flooding is expected between 12:15am and 4:15am on Monday 30/9/19. Flooding is forecast to affect locations nearest the estuary, in particular around Lower Upnor, Canal Road Strood and outer parts of the Medway Estuary. We expect similar tidal conditions to those seen in December 2013. The next high tide following this one at 2:30pm is not presently expected to flood properties. Please take action to protect yourself and your property in the areas of concern, and remain aware of your local situation. We are closely monitoring the situation from our incident room and have deployed staff to operate defences. We are liaising with Medway Council on the situation. This message will be updated by 8am on Monday 30/09/19. For those who need it, the total water level for Sheerness is forecast to be 3.98mAOD at 2:15am, Monday 30/9/19.