Flood Alert Info - Lower River Stour

Area Description

The River Stour from the A2070 at Conningbrook Manor to Fordwich, including Wye, Godmersham, Shalmsford Street, Chartham, Canterbury and Sturry.
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

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 8 Mar 2020 07:58
Great Stour, Stour
River levels remain high as a result of heavy rainfall across East Kent on Thursday 5th March. River levels have peaked on all parts of the Stour between Wye and Fordwich and are continue to fall steadily. The risk of flooding of low lying land, roads and paths alongside the Great Stour in Canterbury and Fordwich still remains. Further rainfall is expected again on Monday evening, 9th March. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking our defences and clearing trash screens. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses, remain aware of the situation in your area and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated by 9pm on Sunday 8th March.


Flood Alert issued on 7 Mar 2020 20:18
Great Stour, Stour
River levels remain high as a result of heavy rainfall across East Kent on Thursday 5th March. River levels have peaked on all parts of the Stour between Wye and Fordwich but flooding of low lying land, roads and paths alongside the Great Stour in Canterbury and Fordwich will continue into Sunday 8th March. Further rainfall is expected early on Sunday morning and again on Monday evening. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking our defences and clearing trash screens. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses, remain aware of the situation in your area and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated by 9am on Sunday 8th March.


Flood Alert issued on 7 Mar 2020 12:02
Great Stour, Stour
River levels remain high as a result of persistent heavy rainfall on Thursday 5th March. River levels have peaked at Canterbury but flooding of low lying land and roads close to the River Great Stour, particularly in Thanington, Canterbury and Fordwich will continue through the day today, Saturday 7th March. Further rainfall is expected on Sunday morning and we are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking our defences and clearing trash screens. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses, remain aware of the situation in your area and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated by 8pm on Saturday 7th March 2020.


Flood Alert issued on 7 Mar 2020 02:06
Great Stour, Stour
River levels remain high as a result of persistent heavy rainfall on Thursday 5 March. River levels have peaked at Canterbury but flooding of low lying land and roads close to the River Great Stour, particularly in Thanington, Canterbury and Fordwich will continue through the day today, Saturday 7 March. Further rainfall is expected on Sunday morning and we are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking our defences and clearing trash screens. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses, remain aware of the situation in your area and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated by 12pm on Saturday 7 March 2020.


Flood Alert issued on 6 Mar 2020 18:02
Great Stour, Stour
River levels have risen as a result of persistent heavy rainfall on Thursday 5 March 2020. Consequently, the risk of flooding remains. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads close to the River Great Stour, particularly in Thanington, Canterbury and Fordwich. No further rainfall is forecast in the next 24 hours. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking our defences and structures and clearing trash screens. 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 2am on Saturday 7 March, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 6 Mar 2020 04:14
Great Stour, Stour
River levels are continuing to rise as a result of persistent heavy rainfall yesterday. Flooding of roads, low-lying land and farmland is expected close to the River Great Stour, particularly in Thanington, Canterbury and Fordwich. Flooding of low lying land and roads areas are expected to continue through the day today, where river levels are expected to peak at Wye during this afternoon and in Canterbury on Friday night. We are closely monitoring the situation and our incident response staff are checking our defences and clearing trash screens. 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 4pm on Friday 6th March, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 5 Mar 2020 18:33
Great Stour, Stour
River levels have risen as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads, low-lying land and farmland is expected from 9pm tonight, 5th March 2020. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads close to the River Great Stour, particularly in Thanington, Canterbury and Fordwich. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 6 hours. We are closely monitoring the situation and our incident response staff are checking our defences and structures and clearing trash screens. 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 tomorrow morning, Friday 6th March, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 18 Feb 2020 17:45
Great Stour, Stour
River levels are now falling but remain particularly high between Chilham and Canterbury. Flooding of low lying land and roads is expected to continue overnight into Wednesday morning, 19 February. Please avoid low lying roads near rivers which may be flooded, and avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. We are monitoring the situation and our incident response staff will continue to be out in the area, checking structures and clearing blockages. This message will be updated by 9am on Wednesday 19 February.


Flood Alert issued on 18 Feb 2020 09:56
Great Stour, Stour
River levels are now falling but remain particularly high between Chilham and Canterbury. Flooding of low lying land and roads is expected to continue until Tuesday evening, 18 February. Please avoid low lying roads near rivers which may be flooded, and avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. We are monitoring the situation and our incident response staff will continue to be out in the area, checking structures and clearing blockages. This message will be updated by 6pm on Tuesday, 18 February.


Flood Alert issued on 17 Feb 2020 18:43
Great Stour, Stour
River levels remain high as a result of heavy rainfall from Storm Dennis this weekend. Flooding of low lying land and roads between Wye and Canterbury is expected to continue overnight into Tuesday morning, 18 February. Please avoid low lying roads near rivers which may be flooded, and avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. Water levels are expected to peak in Canterbury between 8pm and midnight this evening, Monday 17 February. We are monitoring the situation and our incident response staff will continue to be out in this area, checking structures and clearing blockages where it is safe to do so. This message will be updated by 10am on Tuesday 18 February.


Flood Alert issued on 17 Feb 2020 05:25
Great Stour, Stour
River levels are continuing to rise in response to heavy rainfall this weekend. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads close to the River Great Stour, particularly between Wye and Canterbury, this morning, Monday 17 February. River levels are currently expected to continue to rise until Monday evening, 17 February. We are closely monitoring the situation and have deployed temporary defences in West Gate Gardens to help protect properties. Please avoid low lying roads near rivers which may be flooded, and avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. Our incident response staff are out checking on structures and clearing blockages where it is safe to do so. This message will be updated by 6pm on Monday 17 February.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Feb 2020 19:53
Great Stour, Stour
River levels are continuing to rise in response to heavy rainfall this weekend. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads close to the River Great Stour, particularly between Wye and Canterbury, tomorrow morning from 2am, Monday 17 February. River levels are currently expected to continue to rise until Monday evening, 17 February. We are closely monitoring the situation and have deployed temporary defences in West Gate Gardens to help protect properties. Please avoid low lying roads near rivers which may be flooded, and avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. Our incident response staff are out checking on structures and clearing blockages where it is safe to do so. This message will be updated by 6am on Monday 17 February.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Feb 2020 05:44
Great Stour, Stour
River levels have risen in response to heavy rainfall on Sunday morning, 16 February. Flooding of roads and farmland is expected to begin this morning between 8am and 12pm. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads close to the River Great Stour, particularly between Wye and Canterbury. River levels are currently expected to peak during Monday morning, 17 February, levels of flooding could increase until this time. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid low lying roads near rivers which may be flooded, and avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. Our incident response staff are out over the weekend, checking on structures and clearing blockages where it is safe to do so. This message will be updated by 5pm on Sunday 16 February.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Feb 2020 20:49
Great Stour, Stour
River levels are expected to rise in response to heavy rainfall on Sunday morning, 16 February. Flooding of roads and farmland is expected to begin tomorrow morning between 8am and 12pm. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads close to the River Great Stour, particularly between Wye and Canterbury. River levels are currently expected to peak during Monday morning, 17 February. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid low lying roads near rivers which may be flooded, and avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. Our incident response staff are out over the weekend, checking on structures and clearing blockages where it is safe to do so. This message will be updated by 10am on Sunday, 16 February.


Flood Alert issued on 24 Dec 2019 20:51
Great Stour, Stour
River levels have fallen significantly throughout the catchment but some low lying land and roads in the area are likely to remain flooded in rural areas around Canterbury. Aldington and Hothfield flood storage areas are still impounding water from the recent heavy rainfall last week but river levels are falling steadily. 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 12:38
Great Stour, Stour
River levels have been falling throughout the catchment but some local roads and low lying land are still likely to be affected by floodwater today in rural areas around Canterbury. 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
Great Stour, Stour
Although they remain high, river levels are falling through the catchment. River levels have peaked at Wye, Horton and Westgate gardens in Canterbury. We are storing water at Aldington and Hothfield Flood Storage Reservoirs and they are emptying slowly. 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 week's 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 12:37
Great Stour, Stour
Although they remain high, river levels are falling through the catchment, river levels have peaked at Wye, Horton and Westgate gardens in Canterbury. We are storing water at Aldington and Hothfield Flood Storage Reservoirs and they are emptying slowly. Today is forecast to be dry but the occasional shower cannot be ruled out. Weak frontal systems are forecast on Monday/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 18:49
Great Stour, Stour
Levels in the Great Stour from Wye through to Fordwich remain high and are rising following recent prolonged rainfall. The weather forecast is for less rainfall over the next few days, but river levels will remain high. Residents should remain vigilant and avoid flooded land or driving through flooded roads. We continue to monitor the situation. This message will be updated in the morning on Monday 23/12/19, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 22 Dec 2019 06:08
Great Stour, Stour
Levels in the Great Stour from Wye through to Fordwich remain high and are rising following recent prolonged rainfall. The weather forecast is for less rainfall over the next few days, but river levels will remain high. Residents should remain vigilant and avoid flooded land or driving through flooded roads. We continue to monitor the situation. This message will be updated by 6pm on Sunday 22 December or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Dec 2019 16:05
Great Stour, Stour
Levels in the Great Stour from Wye through to Fordwich remain high and likely to rise further overnight into Sunday 22 December. Widespread rainfall is forecast later on Saturday which could lead to prolonged high levels over forthcoming days. Residents should remain vigilant and avoid flooded land or driving through flooded roads. We continue to monitor the situation. This message will be updated by 8am on Sunday 22 December or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Dec 2019 03:50
Great Stour, Stour
River levels have risen as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible today, Saturday 21/12/2019. We believe there is a possibility of flooding of low-lying land and roads along the River Stour, particularly footpaths and riverside areas. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours. We are closely monitoring the situation and we will issue any warning messages if needed. Our incident response staff are out on the ground checking and clearing any blockages and debris from rivers. Please plan driving routes to avoid low-lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated by 2pm on Saturday 21/12/19, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 20 Dec 2019 09:03
Great Stour, Stour
River levels have risen as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible today Friday 20/12/19. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads along the River Stour, particularly footpaths and riverside areas. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 48 hours. Internal flooding of properties is not anticipated at this time, however we are closely monitoring the situation and we will issue any warning messages if needed. Our incident response staff are out on the ground checking and clearing any blockages and debris from rivers. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated this evening, Friday 20/12/19, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 29 Nov 2019 16:24
Great Stour, Stour
River levels remain high in response to heavy rainfall across East Kent earlier this week. Flooding of low lying land and roads and paths close to the River Great Stour remains possible around Canterbury and Fordwich for the rest of today. For locations between Wye and Thanington, the river has peaked and the risk of flooding has reduced. In the Canterbury and Fordwich areas the peak will be around early evening on Friday, the 29th November. We are not expecting internal flooding of properties but we are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are on the ground checking our structures and clearing blockages where it is safe to do so. This Flood Alert will be removed on Saturday morning.


Flood Alert issued on 29 Nov 2019 10:04
Great Stour, Stour
River levels remain high in response to heavy rainfall across East Kent earlier this week. Flooding of low lying land, roads and paths close to the River Great Stour remains possible around Canterbury and Fordwich today. For locations between Canterbury and Thanington, the river has peaked and the risk of flooding has reduced. In the Canterbury and Fordwich areas the peak is occurring on the morning of Friday 29th November, but will remain high for the duration of the day. We are not expecting internal flooding of properties but we are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are on the ground checking our structures and clearing blockages where it is safe to do so. This message will be updated by 5pm on Friday 29th November.


Flood Alert issued on 28 Nov 2019 19:22
Great Stour, Stour
River levels remain high in response to heavy rainfall on Tuesday and Wednesday. Flooding of low lying land, roads and paths close to the River Great Stour is possible in any location between Wye and Fordwich, including Canterbury. The peak at Wye was observed earlier today. For villages between Wye and Chartham, the peak will register this evening, Thursday 28th November. In the Canterbury and Fordwich areas, the peak will be around the early hours of Friday 29th November. We are not expecting internal flooding of properties but we are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are on the ground checking our structures and clearing blockages where it is safe to do so. This message will be updated by 10am on 29/11/19.


Flood Alert issued on 28 Nov 2019 11:43
Great Stour, Stour
River levels remain high in response to heavy rainfall on Tuesday and Wednesday. Flooding of low lying land and roads and paths close to the River Great Stour is possible in any location between Wye and Fordwich, including Canterbury. The peak at Wye was observed earlier today. For villages between Wye and Chartham, the peak will register this evening. In the Canterbury and Fordwich areas, the peak will be around the early hours of Friday 29th November. We are not expecting internal flooding of properties but we are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are on the ground checking our structures and clearing blockages where it is safe to do so. This message will be updated by 8pm on 28/11/19.


Flood Alert issued on 27 Nov 2019 18:59
Great Stour, Stour
River levels are high in response to heavy rainfall last night and persistent rain today, Wednesday 27th November. Flooding are possible for low lying land and roads close to the River Great Stour in any location between Wye and Fordwich, including Canterbury. Minor flooding is possible from this evening, Wednesday 27th November. The peak at Wye will be during the early hours of Thursday 28th November, and the peak in the Canterbury area will be around lunchtime on Thursday. We are not expecting internal flooding of properties but we are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are on the ground checking our structures and clearing blockages where it is safe to do so. This message will be updated by 10am on 28/11/19, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 27 Nov 2019 14:39
Great Stour, Stour
River levels are forecast to rise as a result of recent, heavy rainfall. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads close to the River Great Stour in any location between Wye and Fordwich, including Canterbury. Minor flooding is possible from late afternoon today, Wednesday 27th November. The peak at Wye will be during the early hours of Thursday 28th November, and the peak in the Canterbury area will be around lunchtime on Thursday. We are not expecting internal flooding of properties but we are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are on the ground checking our structures and clearing blockages where it is safe to do so. This message will be updated by 20:00hrs this evening, or if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 2 May 2018 17:09
Great Stour, Stour
River levels in the Great Stour remain high following rainfall on Monday 30 April. River levels continue to fall but are forecast to remain high between Canterbury and Fordwich throughout Wednesday 2 May. Flooding of low lying land and roads is expected, but we do not expect any flooding to properties. Further rain has fallen during Wednesday but we do not expect the current conditions to change significantly. Drier conditions are forecast from Thursday 3 May onwards. We will continue to monitor the situation, and will update this message as the situation develops.


Flood Alert issued on 2 May 2018 09:23
Great Stour, Stour
River levels in the River Stour remain high following rainfall on Monday 30 April. River levels continue to fall at Wye but remain high through Canterbury. River levels are forecast to remain high between Canterbury and Fordwich throughout Wednesday 2 May. Flooding of low lying land and roads is expected, but we do not expect any flooding to properties. Further rain is forecast on Wednesday 2 May but this is unlikely to result in worsening of flood conditions. Drier conditions are forecast from Thursday 3 May onwards. We will continue to monitor the situation, and will update this message as the situation develops.


Flood Alert issued on 1 May 2018 21:44
Great Stour, Stour
River levels in the River Stour remain high following rainfall on Monday 30 April. River levels are slowly falling at Wye but remain high through Canterbury. River levels are forecast to remain high between Canterbury and Fordwich throughout Wednesday 2 May. Flooding of low lying land and roads is expected, but we do not expect any flooding to properties. We will continue to monitor the situation and will update this message as the situation develops.


Flood Alert issued on 1 May 2018 13:32
Great Stour, Stour
River levels in the River Stour remain high following rainfall on Monday. River level peaked at Wye overnight, and will slowly start to fall through Tuesday. Canterbury river levels are currently expected to peak on Tuesday afternoon. Some flooding of low lying land and roads is expected, but we do not expect any flooding to properties. We will continue to monitor the situation, and will update this message as the situation develops.


Flood Alert issued on 1 May 2018 05:18
Great Stour, Stour
River levels in the River Stour remain high following rainfall on Monday. River level peaked at Wye overnight, and will slowly start to fall through Tuesday. In Chartham and Canterbury river levels are still rising, and are currently expected to peak on Tuesday afternoon. Some flooding of low lying land and roads is expected, but we do not expect any flooding to properties. We will continue to monitor the situation, and will update this message as the situation develops.


Flood Alert issued on 1 May 2018 00:42
Great Stour, Stour
River levels in the River Stour remain high following rainfall on Monday. River levels have peaked at Wye, and will slowly start to fall through the night. In Chartham and Canterbury river levels will continue to rise, and are currently expected to peak on Tuesday afternoon. Some flooding of low lying land and roads is expected, but flooding to properties is not expected. We will continue to monitor the situation and will update this message on Tuesday morning.


Flood Alert issued on 30 Apr 2018 18:01
Great Stour, Stour
River levels will continue to rise in the River Stour, following heavy rain during Monday 30 April. Further light rain will continue into the evening. Tuesday 1 May will be mainly dry. River levels between Wye and Canterbury will continue to rise overnight but we do not expect flooding of property from the river at this stage. We will monitor the situation overnight and update this message if the situation changes.