Flood Alert Info - Tidal River Stour area from Fordwich to Stonar Cut

Area Description

Tidal Stour Area from Fordwich to Stonar Cut including Stodmarsh, Grove Ferry, Plucks Gutter, Ash Level and Minster Marsh.
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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Flood Alert History

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Historical Flood Alert Messages for this Area

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Flood Alert issued on 17 Feb 2021 15:30
River Stour, North Sea
River levels have risen as a result of prolonged rainfall over the Stour catchment yesterday and today. Flooding of roads and low lying land is expected between 4pm and 7pm today, Wednesday 17 February 2021, in areas around Grove Ferry and Plucks Gutter. We expect river levels at Grove Ferry to reach an approximate level of 2.35 metres above Ordnance Datum. Flooding of properties is not forecast at this point. 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 avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers which may be flooded. This message will be updated this evening, Wednesday 17 February 2021, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 10 Feb 2021 09:57
River Stour, North Sea
The Tidal Stour remains on Flood Alert following a spell of heavy rain across East Kent on Saturday night. Stonar Cut will be used today, Wednesday 10 February, to assist the drainage of river water between tides. The internal flooding of property is not expected. No significant rain or snow is currently forecast but levels will remain high as we enter into a period of spring tides. This message will be updated by 10am Thursday 11 February.


Flood Alert issued on 9 Feb 2021 08:31
River Stour, North Sea
The Tidal Stour remains on Flood Alert following a spell of heavy rain across East Kent on Saturday night. Stonar Cut will be used today, Tuesday 9 February, to assist the drainage of river water between tides. The internal flooding of property is not expected. No significant rain or snow is currently forecast but levels will remain high as we enter into a period of spring tides. This message will be updated by 10am Wednesday 10 February.


Flood Alert issued on 8 Feb 2021 08:52
River Stour, North Sea
The Tidal Stour remains on Flood Alert following a spell of heavy rain across East Kent on Saturday night. Stonar Cut will be used from today, Monday 8 February, to assist the drainage of river water between tides. The internal flooding of property is not expected. Levels will remain high into the coming week as tides increase into a period of spring tides and as snow melts across the catchment. This message will be updated by 10am Tuesday 9 February.


Flood Alert issued on 7 Feb 2021 16:50
River Stour, North Sea
The Tidal Stour remains on Flood Alert following a spell of heavy rain across East Kent on Saturday night. Stonar Cut will be used from tomorrow to assist the drainage of river water between tides. The internal flooding of property is not expected. Levels will remain high into the coming week as and when snow begins to melt. The next high tide at Grove Ferry is due around 9pm this evening, Sunday 7 February. This message will be updated by 10am tomorrow, Monday 8 February.


Flood Alert issued on 6 Feb 2021 17:25
River Stour, North Sea
Rainfall across East Kent in recent days had led to continual high levels in the River Stour. Levels are now falling slowly and should continue to decline in the Tidal Stour throughout the weekend. However, flooding is expected to continue to affect land on the Stour Marshes. Our incident response staff are operating Stonar Cut and are monitoring the situation closely. Rainfall is expected during the evening of Saturday 6 February and is forecast to turn to snow overnight and into Sunday. This will keep river levels high and where roads are flooded, will likely turn to ice. We do not expect flooding of property at this stage. This message will be updated during the afternoon of Sunday 7 February or as the situation changes. Members of the public are advised to avoid areas of flooding and are particularly advised not to attempt driving through floodwater.


Flood Alert issued on 5 Feb 2021 13:28
River Stour, North Sea
Rainfall across East Kent in recent days had led to continual high levels in the River Stour and the Tidal Stour to rise. Flooding is expected to continue to affect land, and roads on the Stour Marshes throughout the weekend. Our incident response staff are operating Stonar Cut and are monitoring the situation closely. Rainfall is expected during the afternoon of Saturday 6 February. This is forecast to turn to snow overnight and into Sunday. This will keep river levels high and where roads are flooded, will likely turn to ice. We do not expect flooding of property at this stage. This message will be updated during the afternoon of Saturday 6 February or as the situation changes. Members of the public are advised to avoid areas of flooding and are particularly advised not to attempt driving through floodwater.


Flood Alert issued on 4 Feb 2021 10:41
River Stour, North Sea
Rainfall across East Kent in recent days had led to continual high levels in the River Stour to rise and the Tidal Stour. Flooding is expected to continue to affect land, and roads on the Stour Marshes. Our incident response staff are operating Stonar Cut and are monitoring the situation closely. Further widespread showers are forecast later on Thursday 4 February which will maintain high flows into Friday, but we do not expect flooding of property at this stage. Peak tide levels should continue to fall over the weekend, allowing river levels to decline. This message will be updated during the morning of Friday 5 February or as the situation changes. Members of the public are advised to avoid areas of flooding and are particularly advised not to attempt driving through floodwater.


Flood Alert issued on 3 Feb 2021 10:41
River Stour, North Sea
Rainfall across East Kent in the preceding week has caused the River Stour to rise, and this is now combining with a period of spring tides in the Tidal Stour. Flooding is expected to continue to affect land, and roads on the Stour Marshes, around the time of high tide. Levels are now starting to diminish as we move into a neap cycle and river flows decrease slightly but the next high tide at Plucks Gutter will be around 4.45pm on Wednesday 3 February. Our incident response staff are operating Stonar Cut and are monitoring the situation closely. Further rain is forecast during Wednesday 3 February which will maintain high flows into Thursday, but we do not expect flooding of property at this stage. This message will be updated during the morning of Thursday 4 February or as the situation changes. Members of the public are advised to avoid areas of flooding and are particularly advised not to attempt driving through floodwater.


Flood Alert issued on 2 Feb 2021 19:48
River Stour, North Sea
The next high tide at Grove Ferry will be around 4.45am on Wednesday 3 February 2021. Levels falling as we move into a neap cycle and river flows decrease. Our incident response staff are operating Stonar Cut and are monitoring the situation closely. After light showers tonight, the forecast is for frontal rain which may be heavy between 8am and 12pm on Wednesday 3 February 2021. We are closely monitoring the situation. Members of the public are advised to avoid floodwater and are encouraged to stay abreast of the forecast.


Flood Alert issued on 2 Feb 2021 12:06
River Stour, North Sea
Rainfall across East Kent in the preceding week has caused the River Stour to rise, and this is now combining with a period of spring tides in the Tidal Stour. Flooding is expected to continue to affect land, and roads on the Stour Marshes, around the time of high tide. A Flood Warning to property around Grove Ferry and Plucks Gutter is also in place. The next high tide at Plucks Gutter will be around 4.30pm on Tuesday 2 February 2021. Levels are now starting to diminish as we move into a neap cycle, and river flows decrease slightly. Our incident response staff are operating Stonar Cut and are monitoring the situation closely. More rain is forecast with scattered heavy showers this afternoon before a frontal system arrives on Wednesday 3 February 2021. This message will be updated as the situation requires. Members of the public should keep abreast of these messages as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 1 Feb 2021 11:56
River Stour, North Sea
Rainfall across East Kent in the preceding week has caused the River Stour to rise, and this is now combining with a period of spring tides in the Tidal Stour. Flooding is expected to continue to affect land, and roads on the Stour Marshes, around the time of high tide. A Flood Warning to property around Grove Ferry and Plucks Gutter is also in place. The next high tide at Plucks Gutter will be around 3.45pm on Monday 1 February. The high tide will be comparable to but slightly lower than the overnight level, after which levels will start to diminish as we move into a neap cycle and river flows decrease slightly. We are operating Stonar Cut to help drain river water between tides. This Flood Alert will probably be in force for several days and this message will be updated tomorrow morning 2 February. The forecast if for largely dry weather on Monday. Two further systems are set to arrive on Tuesday and Wednesday. Members of the public are advised to avoid floodwater.


Flood Alert issued on 31 Jan 2021 18:11
River Stour, North Sea
Rainfall across East Kent in the preceding week has caused the River Stour to rise, and this is now combining with a period of spring tides in the Tidal Stour. Flooding is expected to continue to affect land, and roads on the Stour Marshes, around the time of high tide. A Flood Warning to property around Grove Ferry and Plucks Gutter is also in place. Tonight’s high tide at Plucks Gutter will be around 3am Monday 1 February and at Grove Ferry around 3.30am. These are anticipated to be the highest tides of this spring tide cycle. We are operating Stonar Cut to help drain river water between tides. This Flood Alert will probably be in force for several days and this message will be updated tomorrow morning 1 February. The forecast if for largely dry weather today and on Monday.Two further systems are set to arrive on Tuesday and Wednesday. Members of the public are advised to avoid floodwater and stay abreast of the forecast as the situation develops.


Flood Alert issued on 31 Jan 2021 11:12
River Stour, North Sea
Rainfall across East Kent in the preceding week has caused the River Stour to rise, and this is now combining with a period of spring tides in the Tidal Stour. Flooding is expected to continue to affect land, and roads on the Stour Marshes, around the time of high tide. A Flood Warning to property around Grove Ferry and Plucks Gutter is also in place. Today’s high tide at Plucks Gutter will be around 2.45pm and at Grove Ferry around 3.15pm. The highest tides are anticipated in the early hours of Monday morning, 1 February. We are operating Stonar Cut to help drain river water between tides. Members of the public are advised to avoid floodwater and stay abreast of the forecast as the situation develops. This Flood Alert will probably be in force for several days and this message will be updated by this evening, Sunday 31 January 2021.


Flood Alert issued on 30 Jan 2021 18:37
River Stour, North Sea
Recent rainfall has caused river levels to rise, and the peak is now passing through Canterbury and Fordwich into the tidal reaches of the River Stour. Flooding is expected to continue to affect land, and roads around the Stour Marshes, particularly around high tide. Tonights high tide at Grove Ferry will be around 2am, Sunday 31 January 2021. The highest tides are anticipated early on Monday morning 1 February 2021, this is likely when the highest levels at Grove Ferry will be seen. As we enter a period of low spring tides, we are operating Stonar Cut to help water get away on the low tides. Members of the public are advised to avoid floodwater and stay abreast of the forecast as the situation develops.


Flood Alert issued on 30 Jan 2021 09:53
River Stour, North Sea
Recent rainfall has caused river levels to rise, and the peak is now passing through Canterbury into the tidal reaches of the River Stour. Flooding is expected to continue to affect land, and roads around the Stour Marshes, particularly around high tide. Today’s high tide at Grove Ferry will be around 2pm, Saturday 30 January 2021. As we enter a period of low spring tides, we are operating Stonar Cut to help water get away on the low tides. Further rainfall through this morning will sustain high river levels, on the tidal reaches of the River Stour through late Sunday 31 January, and Monday 1 February 2021. Members of the public are advised to avoid floodwater and stay abreast of the forecast as the situation develops.


Flood Alert issued on 29 Jan 2021 18:21
River Stour, North Sea
Recent sustained rainfall has caused river levels to rise and the peak is now passing through Canterbury into the tidal reaches of the River Stour. As we also entering a period of low spring tides, we are operating Stonar Cut to help water get away on the low tides. Tonight’s high tide in Sandwich will arrive shortly after midnight in the small hours of Saturday 30 January 2021. On Saturday 30 January a frontal system is forecast to bring heavy rainfall through the morning. This will sustain high river levels on the tidal reaches of the River Stour through late Sunday and Monday 1 Feb 2021. Members of the public are advised to avoid floodwater and stay abreast of the forecast as the situation develops.


Flood Alert issued on 17 Jan 2021 18:52
River Stour, North Sea
River levels remain high as a result of recent rainfall over the last few days. Flooding of roads and low lying land is expected to continue overnight tonight, Sunday 17 January 2021, in areas around Grove Ferry and Plucks Gutter. We expect river levels at Grove Ferry to reach an approximate level of 2.35 metres above Ordnance Datum on the high tide between 3am and 6am tomorrow morning, Monday 18 January 2021. We expect levels to remain high over the next few days. The weather forecast is mainly dry, before further heavy and persistent rainfall arrives late afternoon on Monday 18 January. Our incident response staff are actively monitoring the situation and are operating Stonar Cut to reduce river levels. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated again tomorrow morning, Monday 18 January 2021, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 17 Jan 2021 10:14
River Stour, North Sea
River levels remain high as a result of recent rainfall over the last few days. Flooding of roads and low lying land is expected throughout today, Sunday 17 January 2021, in areas around Grove Ferry and Plucks Gutter. We expect river levels at Grove Ferry to reach an approximate level of 2.35 metres above Ordnance Datum on the high tide between 3pm and 6pm today, Sunday 17 January 2021. We expect levels to remain high over the next few days. The weather forecast is mainly dry today, before further heavy and persistent rainfall arrives later on Monday 18 January. Our incident response staff are actively monitoring the situation and are operating Stonar Cut to reduce river levels. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated again this evening, Sunday 17 January 2021, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Jan 2021 10:41
River Stour, North Sea
River levels remain high as a result of Thursday’s heavy rainfall. Flooding of roads and low lying land is expected to continue throughout today, Saturday 16 January 2021, in areas around Grove Ferry and Plucks Gutter. We expect river levels at Grove Ferry to reach an approximate level of 2.35 metres above Ordnance Datum on the high tide between 2pm and 5pm today, Saturday 16 January 2021. Further rainfall is forecast today and we expect levels to remain high throughout the weekend. Our incident response staff are actively monitoring the situation and are operating Stonar Cut to reduce river levels. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated again this evening, Saturday 16 January 2021, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Jan 2021 20:10
River Stour, North Sea
River levels remain high as a result of heavy rainfall yesterday. Flooding of roads and low lying land is expected to continue overnight tonight, Friday 15 January 2021, in areas around Grove Ferry and Plucks Gutter. We expect river levels at Grove Ferry to reach an approximate level of 2.4 metres above Ordnance Datum on the high tide between 1am and 4am tomorrow morning, Saturday 16 January 2021. Further rainfall is forecast tomorrow, Saturday 16 January, falling first as snow before turning into rain and we expect levels to remain high throughout the weekend. Our incident response staff are actively monitoring the situation and are operating Stonar Cut to reduce river levels. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated again tomorrow morning, Saturday 16 January 2021, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Jan 2021 10:24
River Stour, North Sea
River levels are continuing to rise as a result of heavy rainfall yesterday. Flooding of roads and low lying land is expected throughout today, Friday 15 January 2021, in areas around Grove Ferry and Plucks Gutter. We expect river levels at Grove Ferry to reach an approximate level of 2.4 metres above Ordnance Datum on the high tide between 1pm and 3pm today, Friday 15 January 2021. No further significant rainfall is forecast until tomorrow, Saturday 16 January 2021, but we expect levels to remain high throughout the weekend. Our incident response staff are actively monitoring the situation and are operating Stonar Cut to reduce river levels. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated again on Friday evening, 15 January 2021, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 14 Jan 2021 21:40
River Stour, North Sea
River levels are continuing to rise as a result of heavy rainfall. Flooding of roads and low lying land is expected until Friday evening, 15 January 2021 in areas around Grove Ferry and Plucks Gutter. No further significant rainfall is forecast until Saturday, 16 January 2021. We expect river levels at Grove Ferry to reach an approximate level of 2.4 metres above Ordnance Datum on the high tide at 2am, Friday 15 January 2021. Our incident response staff are actively monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated Friday morning, 15 January 2021, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 14 Jan 2021 12:40
River Stour, North Sea
River levels have risen as a result of heavy rainfall over the Stour catchment overnight and are continuing to rise. Flooding of roads and low lying land is expected between 2pm and 6pm today, Thursday 14 January, in areas around Grove Ferry and Plucks Gutter. We expect river levels at Grove Ferry to reach an approximate level of 2.35 metres above Ordnance Datum. Our incident response staff are actively monitoring the situation. Please stay aware in case further warnings are issued and avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated by 9pm this evening, Thursday 14 January, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 29 Dec 2020 10:07
River Stour, North Sea
The flows driven by weekend rainfall are passing through the Lower Stour today, so levels remain relatively high. The trend is downward, but the effects of the tide will mean that levels will briefly peak around noon today 29 December 2020 The forecast is for dry weather today and Wednesday 30 December. There is potential for some rainfall or snow on the evening of Thursday 31 December and Friday 1 January 2021. We will be operating Stonar cut on the lunchtime tide today, 29 December 2020. A decision about operation on the evening tide will be taken later today. We are monitoring the situation closely. The public are urged to remain vigilant.


Flood Alert issued on 28 Dec 2020 10:52
River Stour, North Sea
River levels have risen as a result of heavy rainfall. Flooding of roads and low lying land is expected from midday today, Monday 28 December 2020. We expect river levels to remain high until Wednesday 30 December. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are actively monitoring the situation and will be operating Stonar Cut. Please stay aware in case further warnings are issued. This message will be updated by midday on Tuesday 29 December, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 14 Mar 2020 08:56
River Stour, North Sea
River levels remains high as a result of heavy rainfall over East Kent last week, combined with high spring tides. Flooding of low lying land and roads is possible for 2 hours either side of high tide at Grove Ferry at 4:30pm Saturday, 14th March and possibly again at 4:30am on Sunday, 15th March. The internal flooding of property is not expected. Our incident response staff are monitoring levels and prepared to respond if required. We are operating Stonar Cut sluices to assist drainage of the river to sea. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded and avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated by 8 pm today, Saturday 13th March, or as the situation changes. This Flood Alert is likely to remain in force until Saturday evening or Sunday morning.


Flood Alert issued on 13 Mar 2020 08:24
River Stour, North Sea
River levels remains high as a result of heavy rainfall over East Kent last week, combined with high spring tides. Flooding of low lying land and roads is possible for 2 hours either side of high tide at Grove Ferry at 4:00pm Friday, 13th March and again at 4:00am on Saturday, 14th March. The internal flooding of property is not currently expected. Our incident response staff are monitoring levels and prepared to respond if required. We are operating Stonar Cut sluices to assist drainage of the river to sea. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded and avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated by 5 pm today, Friday 13th March, or as the situation changes. This Flood Alert is likely to remain in force until Saturday or Sunday.


Flood Alert issued on 12 Mar 2020 16:17
River Stour, North Sea
River levels remains high as a result of heavy rainfall over East Kent last week, combined with high spring tides. Flooding of low lying land and roads is possible for 2 hours either side of high tide at Grove Ferry at 3:15am Friday, 13th March and again at 3:15pm on Friday, 13th March. The internal flooding of property is not currently expected. Our incident response staff are monitoring levels and prepared to respond if required. We are operating Stonar Cut sluices to assist drainage of the river to sea. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded and avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated by 9 am tomorrow, Friday 13th March, or as the situation changes. This Flood Alert is likely to remain in force until at least Friday.


Flood Alert issued on 12 Mar 2020 08:02
River Stour, North Sea
River levels remain high as a result of heavy rainfall over East Kent last week, combined with high spring tides. Flooding of low lying land and roads is possible for 2 hours either side of high tide at Grove Ferry at 3:15pm Thursday, 12th March and again at 3:15am on Friday, 13th March. The internal flooding of property is not currently expected. Our incident response staff are monitoring levels and prepared to respond if required. We are operating Stonar Cut sluices to assist drainage of the river to sea. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded and avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated by 5pm today, Friday 12th March, or as the situation changes. This Flood Alert is likely to remain in force until at least Friday.


Flood Alert issued on 11 Mar 2020 14:57
River Stour, North Sea
River levels remains high as a result of heavy rainfall over East Kent last week, combined with high spring tides. Flooding of low lying land and roads is possible for 2 hours either side of high tide at Grove Ferry at 3:00 am Thursday, 12th March and again at 3:15pm on Thursday, 12th March. The internal flooding of property is not currently expected. Our incident response staff are monitoring levels and prepared to respond if required. We are operating Stonar Cut sluices to assist drainage of the river to the sea. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded and avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated by 8:00 am tomorrow, Thursday 12th March, or as the situation changes. This Flood Alert is likely to remain in force until at least Friday.


Flood Alert issued on 10 Mar 2020 15:25
River Stour, North Sea
River levels continue to remain high as a result of heavy rainfall over East Kent last Thursday, 5th March 2020. Flooding of low lying land and roads is possible for 2 hours either side of high tide at Grove Ferry at 2:50am Wednesday, 11th March and again at 3:09pm on Wednesday. The flooding of property is not expected. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are monitoring levels, prepared to respond if required and are operating Stonar Cut sluices to assist drainage to sea. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded and avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated by 4pm tomorrow, Wednesday 11th March, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 9 Mar 2020 16:13
River Stour, North Sea
River levels have risen as a result of heavy rainfall over East Kent last Thursday, 5th March 2020. Flooding of low lying land and roads is possible for 2 hours either side of high tide at Grove Ferry at 1.15am Tuesday, 10th March and again at 1:45pm on Tuesday, 10th March. The flooding of property is not expected. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are monitoring levels, prepared to respond if required and are operating Stonar Cut sluices to assist drainage to sea. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded and avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated by 4pm tomorrow, Tuesday 10th March, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 9 Mar 2020 08:22
River Stour, North Sea
River levels have risen as a result of heavy rainfall over East Kent last Thursday. Flooding of low lying land and roads is possible for 2 hours either side of high tide at Grove Ferry at 11.15 am Monday , 9 March and again at 23:45 on Monday evening 9 March. The flooding of property is not expected. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are monitoring levels, prepared to respond if required and operating Stonar Cut sluices to assist drainage to sea. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded and avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated later today, 9 March, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 8 Mar 2020 18:06
River Stour, North Sea
River flows on the Tidal Stour remain high as a result of heavy rainfall last week. Further flooding of low lying land and roads is possible as a result of the next high tide between 10pm this evening and 2am early only Monday morning, 9 March. Areas that could be affected include rural locations between Plucks Gutter and Grove Ferry. Property flooding is not expected. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are monitoring river levels and we are operating Stonar Cut sluices to assist drainage to sea. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded and avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated by 10am on Monday 9 March, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 8 Mar 2020 08:11
River Stour, North Sea
River levels have risen as a result of heavy rainfall over East Kent on Thursday 5th March 2020. Flooding of low lying land and roads is possible for 2 hours either side of high tide at Grove Ferry at midday today, 8th March. The flooding of property is not expected. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are monitoring levels, prepared to respond if required and are operating Stonar Cut sluices to assist drainage to sea. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded and avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated by 6pm on Sunday 8th March, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 7 Mar 2020 17:03
River Stour, North Sea
River levels have risen as a result of heavy rainfall over East Kent last Thursday. Flooding of low lying land and roads is possible for 2 hours either side of high tide at Grove Ferry at 11.30 pm Saturday, 7 March and again at Midday on Sunday, 8 March. The flooding of property is not expected. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are monitoring levels, prepared to respond if required and operating Stonar Cut sluices to assist drainage to sea. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded and avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated by 9am on Sunday 8 March, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 7 Mar 2020 08:30
River Stour, North Sea
River levels have risen as a result of heavy rainfall. Flooding of low lying land and roads is expected for 2 hours either side of high tide at Grove Ferry at 11am this morning, 07/03/20. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are operating Stonar Cut and actively monitoring the situation and are prepared to respond if required. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded and avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. The next high tide will be at 12:15am on 08/03/20 and we will continue to operate Stonar Cut while levels remain high. This message will be updated by 5pm this afternoon, 07/03/20, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 17 Feb 2020 21:01
River Stour, North Sea
River flows are rising on the Great Stour after the heavy rainfall this weekend. The next forecast high tide may cause tidal levels between Grove Ferry and Plucks Gutter to flood low lying land and footpaths between 7am and 9:30am on Tuesday morning, 18 February. We will continue to monitor the situation and our staff are operating Stonar Cut at high tide to help reduce river levels. This Flood Alert will be updated by 12pm on Tuesday 18 February.


Flood Alert issued on 17 Feb 2020 10:45
River Stour, North Sea
River flows are rising on the Great Stour after the heavy rainfall this weekend. The next forecast high tide may cause tidal levels between Grove Ferry and Plucks Gutter to flood low lying land and footpaths between 4pm and 8pm today. We will continue to monitor the situation closely over the next few days as we expect tidal levels to remain very high due to high flows from the Stour. Our officers are currently operating Stonar Cut to reduce the river level. This Flood Alert will be updated by 8pm on Monday, 17 February.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Feb 2020 21:47
River Stour, North Sea
River flows are rising on the Great Stour after the heavy rainfall this weekend. The next forecast high tide may cause tidal levels between Grove Ferry and Plucks Gutter to flood low lying land and footpaths between 5am and 8am on Monday 17 February. We will continue to monitor the situation closely over the next few days as we expect tidal levels to remain very high due to high flows from the Stour. This Flood Alert will be updated by 11am on Monday, 17 February.


Flood Alert issued on 12 Feb 2020 11:34
River Stour, North Sea
River levels remain high due to recent rainfall but river flows are now falling in the tidal Stour. However, with the tidal influence, we believe there is still a possibility of flooding for low-lying land and roads in the Stour Marshes area between Grove Ferry and Sandwich between 2pm and 6pm today, 12 February 2020. We are actively monitoring the situation and are prepared to respond if required. Please avoid using low-lying land, roads and footpaths near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated by 9pm, Wednesday 12 February 2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 11 Feb 2020 16:19
River Stour, North Sea
River levels remain high due to persistent rainfall on Sunday 09/02/20 but are beginning to fall. With the tidal influence, we believe there is still a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads in the Stour Marshes area. We expect river levels to continue to fall tomorrow, 11/02/20. We are actively monitoring the situation and are prepared to respond if required. Please avoid using low lying land, roads and footpaths near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated by 10:00, Wednesday 12/02/20, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 10 Feb 2020 18:16
River Stour, North Sea
This flood alert has been issued as river levels are rising due to persistent rainfall yesterday, Sunday 09/02/20. With the tidal influence, we believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads in the Stour Marshes area. We expect river levels to remain high and to affect the next tide tomorrow,11/02/20. We are actively monitoring the situation and are prepared to respond if required. Please avoid using low lying land, roads and footpaths near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated by 10:00, Tuesday 11/02/20, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 25 Dec 2019 09:14
River Stour, North Sea
River flows continuing to fall after the heavy rainfall last week. However, river levels in the Tidal Stour remain high and are being influenced by periods of high tide. Flooding of low lying land and footpaths between Grove Ferry and Plucks Gutter is next expected between 11:00 and 13:00 today, 25 December 2019.   The weather conditions are expected to remain largely dry today, 25 December 2019. Further rainfall currently forecast during Boxing Day, 26 December 2019 and into Friday 27 December 2019. We are continuing to monitor the river levels closely.   This Flood Alert will be updated or removed by 21:00 this evening, 25 December 2019.


Flood Alert issued on 24 Dec 2019 20:59
River Stour, North Sea
River flows are now falling in the Tidal Stour after the recent heavy rainfall last week. However, river levels remain high, particularly as we are moving into a period of low spring tides on Friday, 27 December 2019. The next  high tide is at Dover at 21:45 this evening, 24 December 2019. River levels at Grove Ferry are predicted to peak at 2.35m above datum at around 23:45 this evening, 24 December 2019.   The weather conditions are expected to remain largely dry overnight and throughout Christmas Day, 25 December 2019. Further rainfall is possible during Boxing Day, 26 December 2019 and overnight into Friday 27 December 2019. We are continuing to monitor the situation closely as the catchments remain very responsive to further rainfall.    This Flood Alert will be updated or removed tomorrow morning, 25 December 2019.


Flood Alert issued on 24 Dec 2019 12:53
River Stour, North Sea
River flows are now falling in the Tidal Stour after the recent heavy rainfall last week. However, river levels remain high, particularly as we are moving into a period of low spring tides on Thursday 26 December and Friday 27 December 2019. The next forecast high tide at Dover is 21:45 on 24 December at 2.7 metres above datum. Levels at Grove Ferry are predicted to be around 2.36m above datum between 10:00pm and midnight this evening, 24 December 2019. The weather is expected to remain largely dry today but with a few isolated heavy showers possible. Christmas Day, 25 December 2019 is expected to remain dry. Further rainfall is possible on Boxing Day, 26 December 2019 but we are not currently anticipating any significant impacts. We continue to monitor the weather and river conditions closely over the next few days, as the catchments remain very responsive. This Flood Alert will be updated by 9pm today, 24 December 2019.


Flood Alert issued on 23 Dec 2019 16:53
River Stour, North Sea
Peak flows are just passing through Canterbury. We are storing water at Aldington and Hothfield Flood Storage Reservoirs and they are emptying slowly. We are moving into low spring tides. Forecast high tide at Dover is 21.00 23/12/19 at 2.5 metres above datum, there is no surge. Levels at Grove are predicted to be around 2.4m above datum. Today is forecast to be dry but the occasional shower cannot be ruled out. Weak frontal systems are forecast on Monday night with blustery showers embedded, a second system is forecast for Thursday. The current expectation is that these are not likely to be as disruptive as last weeks rainfall. We are monitoring conditions. Residents should remain vigilant as catchments are saturated. This message will be updated Tuesday morning 24/12/19, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 23 Dec 2019 13:09
River Stour, North Sea
Peak flows are just passing through Canterbury. We are storing water at Aldington and Hothfield Flood Storage Reservoirs and they are emptying slowly. We are moving into low spring tides. The high tide at Dover is forecast at 9pm on 23/12/2019 at 2.5mAOD, there is no surge. Levels at Grove are predicted to be around 2.4mAOD. Today is forecast to be dry but the occasional shower cannot be ruled out. Weak frontal systems are forecast on Monday and Tuesday night with blustery showers embedded, a second system is forecast for Thursday. The current expectation is that these are not likely to be as disruptive as last weeks rainfall. We are monitoring conditions. Residents should remain vigilant as catchments are saturated.


Flood Alert issued on 22 Dec 2019 17:43
River Stour, North Sea
River levels are forecast to rise as a result of high flows and tidal influence in the Great Stour. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is expected between 8pm tonight Sunday 22/12/19 overnight into the afternoon of Monday 23/12/19. We are closely monitoring the situation and considering issuing a flood warning for the next 2 tides on Tidal Stour for this evening’s tide through till tomorrow afternoon. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated by 9am tomorrow Monday 22/12/19 or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 18 Dec 2019 13:49
River Stour, North Sea
River levels are forecast to rise. Owing to persistent rainfall, levels have risen and are expected to remain high for several days. Low lying land and roads are likely to be waterlogged or flooded. The water level is expected to rise to a level of 2.35 m above ordance datum We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking our defences and structures and are out on the ground checking and clearing any blockages and debris from the river Stour Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated around 1800 today 18/12/19


Flood Alert issued on 14 Dec 2019 10:29
River Stour, North Sea
River levels have risen as a result of high rainfall over the Stour catchment coinciding with spring tides. Flooding is possible around Grove Ferry from between 14:00 and 17:00 on Saturday 14 December and then during subsequent high tides during Sunday 15 December 2019. We do not anticipate flooding of property at this stage. We are closely monitoring the situation and our incident response staff are checking our defences and structures. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated by 18:00 on Saturday 14 December or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 30 Nov 2019 09:48
River Stour, North Sea
The river remains relatively high following heavy rain over East Kent earlier this week. This has coincided with a period of spring tides and the possibility of ongoing localised flooding of riverside fields, footpaths and roads. This now only applies to locations alongside the tidal Stour between Grove Ferry and the Plucks Gutter area. The next high tide at Grove Ferry will be about 3.45pm today. The internal flooding of property is not expected. Our incident response staff are checking for obstructions and are using Stonar Cut sluices to assist drainage of the river to sea. This Flood Alert will probably be removed this evening following the passing of high tide.


Flood Alert issued on 29 Nov 2019 16:28
River Stour, North Sea
The river level remains high following heavy rain over East Kent earlier this week. This has coincided with a period of spring tides and the possibility of ongoing, localised flooding of riverside fields, footpaths and roads. This applies to all locations alongside the Tidal Stour, notably around Grove Ferry and Plucks Gutter overnight tonight and into Saturday, 30th November. The next two high tides at Grove Ferry are due about 3:30am and 3:45pm tomorrow. The internal flooding of property is not expected although we are closely monitoring the situation over each tide. Our incident response staff are checking for obstructions and are using Stonar Cut sluices to assist the drainage of the Stour to sea. This message will be updated by 10am on Saturday 30th November.


Flood Alert issued on 29 Nov 2019 10:09
River Stour, North Sea
River levels have risen as a result of heavy rain over East Kent earlier this week. This coincides with a period of spring tides that will lead to ongoing, localised flooding of riverside fields, footpaths and roads from today until Saturday 30th November. This applies to all locations alongside the Tidal Stour, notably around Grove Ferry and Plucks Gutter. The next two high tides at Grove Ferry are due about 3:30pm today, Friday 29th November, and again about 3:30am tomorrow. The internal flooding of property is not expected although we are closely monitoring the situation over each tide. Our incident response staff are checking for obstructions and are using Stonar Cut sluices to assist the drainage of the Stour to sea. This message will be updated by 5pm on Friday 29th November.


Flood Alert issued on 28 Nov 2019 12:13
River Stour, North Sea
River levels have risen as a result of heavy rain over East Kent earlier this week. This coincides with a period of spring tides that will lead to localised flooding of riverside fields, footpaths and roads from today, Thursday 28th November until at least Saturday 30th November. This applies to all locations alongside the Tidal Stour. The next two high tides at Grove Ferry are due about 3:15pm today and about 3:30am tomorrow. The internal flooding of property is not expected although we are closely monitoring the situation over each tide. Our incident response staff are checking for obstructions and are preparing to use Stonar Cut sluices to assist the drainage of the Stour to sea. This message will be updated by 9pm on Thursday 28th November.


Flood Alert issued on 22 Dec 2018 16:52
Great Stour, Stour
River levels are forecast to rise as a result of high spring tides coinciding with high river levels. The next high tide at Grove Ferry is estimated to be at 23:30 on Saturday 22 December. River levels are still rising around Grove Ferry but only slowly. Flooding of properties is not forecast at this point. We expect river levels to peak on the high tide at 23:30 tonight, 22 December, at Grove Ferry. The level is expected to reach 2.236 metres above ordnance datum at this location. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are out on the ground checking for blockages and ensuring free flow in rivers. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, Sunday 23 December, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 3 May 2018 18:30
Great Stour, Stour
The tidal alert remains in force. A level at Grove Ferry of 2.34m Ordnance Datum was recorded at 04:15 this morning, on 3 May. The next high water levels are not expected to coincide with high tide in the early hours of the morning at approximately 02:15 at Dover and at 04:15 at Grove Ferry. River flows are falling on the tidal Great Stour. We are continuing to operate Stonar Cut to help alleviate high water levels in the Tidal Stour.  We will continue to monitor the situation and will update this message on Friday morning.


Flood Alert issued on 3 May 2018 10:00
Great Stour, Stour
The tidal alert remains in force. A level at Grove Ferry of 2.36m Ordnance Datum was recorded at 04:15 this morning, on 3 May. The next high water levels are next expected to coincide with high tide this afternoon at approximately 14:00 at Dover and at 16:00 at Grove Ferry. River flows are falling on the tidal Great Stour. We are continuing to operate Stonar Cut to help alleviate high water levels in the Tidal Stour.


Flood Alert issued on 2 May 2018 17:33
Great Stour, Stour
The tidal alert remains in force. A level at Grove Ferry of 2.36m Ordnance Datum was recorded at 15:15 this afternoon, on 2 May. The next high water levels are next expected to coincide with high tide overnight at approximately 02:15 at Sandwich and at 04:15 at Grove Ferry. River flows are starting to fall on the tidal Great Stour. Levels at Fordwich will also remain high following heavy rain last Monday 30 April. We are continuing to operate Stonar Cut to help alleviate high water levels in the Tidal Stour.


Flood Alert issued on 2 May 2018 09:35
Great Stour, Stour
The tidal alert remains in force. A level at Grove Ferry of 2.34mOrdnance Datum was recorded at 03:30 on Wednesday 2 May. The next high tide is forecast at 15:35 this afternoon. Predicted levels are forecast to be in excess of 2.35metres Ordnance Datum. Levels at Fordwich will also remain high following heavy rain last Monday 30 April. We continue to operate Stonar Cut today.


Flood Alert issued on 1 May 2018 21:57
Great Stour, Stour
River levels in the Lower Stour will remain high overnight into Wednesday 2 May. Stonar Cut has been operated today. Flooding of low lying land is possible but flooding of property is not expected. This message will be updated Wednesday morning.


Flood Alert issued on 1 May 2018 13:26
Great Stour, Stour
River levels at Grove Ferry peaked at 2.29mAOD overnight and following from today’s lunchtime high tide are expected to exceed this during the early afternoon. We operated the gates at Stonar Cut to help reduce river levels, and expect to do so again later on Tuesday. Flows in the River Stour are increasing, and flooding of low lying land is possible, particularly in the Grove Ferry area. We do not expect any flooding of properties, but will continue to monitor the situation. We will update this message on Tuesday evening.


Flood Alert issued on 1 May 2018 05:18
Great Stour, Stour
River levels at Grove Ferry peaked at 2.93mAOD overnight. We operated the gates at Stonar Cut to help reduce river levels, and expect to do so again later on Tuesday. Flows in the River Stour are increasing, and flooding of low lying land is possible, particularly in the Grove Ferry area. We do not expect any flooding of properties, but will continue to monitor the situation. We will update this message on Tuesday afternoon. The astronomical high tide at Dover is 3.20mAOD at 12:45 British Summer Time. A surge of approximately 0.17m is also forecast.


Flood Alert issued on 30 Apr 2018 21:59
Great Stour, Stour
Flows in the River Stour have increased following significant rainfall during Monday 30 April. No further rain is forecast overnight but levels in the Stour at Fordwich will continue to rise. Flooding of low lying land is possible, particularly in the Grove Ferry area. Flooding of property is not expected at this stage. The astronomical high tide at Dover is 3.08m Ordnance Datum at 0030 British Summer Time. A surge of approximately 0.4m is also forecast. Predicted level at Grove Ferry is approximately 2.4m Ordnance Datum.