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Flash floods in Kent prompt call for more wardens to help react quickly in event of a crisis

PUBLISHED: 11:31 30 June 2016 | UPDATED: 11:31 30 June 2016

The flood waters on the River Medway

The flood waters on the River Medway

Ady Kerry

Meeting next month gives you the chance to find out how you can become a flood warden

The Environment Agency is calling for more flood wardens to help react to flash flooding after one of the wettest June months on record prompted fears more heavy downpours could trigger further problems around Kent.

The recent flash floods that have affected parts of the south east, are a reminder floods can still occur during summer months.

Although the weather is generally drier and more settled between June and September, short and sharp downpours can impact fast responding catchments like the Pent stream in Folkestone and the Hythe streams in Hythe.

Surface water flooding is a concern as this is much more difficult to forecast and prepare for due to the sporadic nature of these type of events.

During the most recent flash flooding between June 23-25, the Environment Agency assisted fire and rescue teams, cleared blockages, provided sandbags and issued flood alerts and warnings.

Luke Thompson, flood resilience team leader, said: “Flash floods do occur in the summer as we have witnessed in areas like Ramsgate, Sevenoaks and Lewisham. Home owners and businesses should think about developing a flood plan, registering for flood warnings and identifying what actions to take when a flood happens. It is also a good time to think about preparing for winter river flooding.”

The Environment Agency and its partner organisations are holding a flood warden training session in Lenham on July 23 for members of the public who would like to play an important role in the preparation for and response to flooding.

Those who wish to register and take part can email krf.events@kent.fire-uk.org.

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