Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) has received over 40 flooding related calls in less than 24 hours, most of which have been in and around Dover, Deal, Folkestone and Hythe although fire crews also responded to incidents in Yalding earlier this week.
Following continued heavy rain over the last few days, fire officers visited a number of properties and crews have been pumping flood water out of three homes in Guilford Avenue, Whitfield (Dover) overnight. They eventually left the properties at around 5.20am.
Earlier on Tuesday (5 January), firefighters used a grindex pump to divert flood water away from the home of an elderly, disabled woman in Trinity Place, Deal. They spent almost two hours pumping approximately two feet of flood water out of a home in Sunnyside Close, Ripple (Deal) at around 7pm and used a light portable pump to remove water from a flooded lift shaft in a Folkestone care home after being called at around 5pm.
A pregnant woman and a man were escorted to safety by firefighters after a lengthy rescue following flooding at a property in Canterbury Road, Hawkinge, near Folkestone yesterday afternoon. Crews worked with the local authority, Environment Agency and Southern Water to place sandbags and pump water from the property with kind cooperation from a neighbouring landowner. Two dogs were also rescued.
Community Safety Manager, Martin Skeet said: "The majority of calls received by our emergency control room staff did not need immediate assistance and we continue to work with the local authority to respond where needed.
"No matter how careful you are, there are some things you can’t control but being prepared for emergencies will help."
KFRS urges everyone in the event of flooding to follow basic safety tips:
Call 999 if you believe there is a risk to life or a risk to your property
Know how to turn off your gas, electricity and water before the flood water enters your home – if in doubt, consult your supplier
Check on your neighbours if its safe to do so
Avoid walking or driving in or near flood water and keep children away from flood water - there could be hidden dangers like sharp objects, raised manhole covers and pollution
Flood water is often deeper than it looks and may be moving quite fast - your vehicle could be swept away or become stranded
- If you see a sign to say that the road is closed due to flooding, remember the sign is there for a reason and find an alternative route
- When driving make sure you drive to suit the conditions – keep lights on and speeds down, remembering road surfaces will be slippery and your braking distance will be longer
Listen to the local radio, TV and check social media for flood warnings in your area
Visit the Environment Agency website for more advice, flood warnings and to sign up to their Floodline or call 0845 988 1188