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The warning comes as high spring tides are also forecast along the south coast today (Friday, 31 January) and over the weekend, which could result in Flood Alerts and possibly some Flood Warnings being issued for South East coastal communities.
There are currently 7 Flood Warnings and 102 Flood Alerts in force for the South East. A Flood Warning means that flooding of property is expected and that people should take action to prepare.
Property flooding in localised areas, and more widespread basement and road flooding are expected to continue, with areas particularly affected through the Nailbourne catchment in Kent.
People are urged to avoid driving or walking through flood water. Fast-flowing water that is just 15cm deep can be enough to knock an adult off their feet. Residents are also being reminded that during flooding and severe weather, the emergency services will be very busy so only call for immediate assistance if there is a risk to life or serious property or environmental damage.
KFRS Assistant Director Sean Bone-Knell said: “We are preparing for a potential weekend of flooding and have staff and special equipment including high volume pumps and water safety units such as boats, on standby to respond. While we appreciate that residents want to get the water out of their homes as quickly as possible, pumping may not always be the immediate solution but we will be working closely with partner agencies to ensure we are there when people need us.”
People who are older, vulnerable or living on their own might become concerned or isolated at this time. Residents are asked to check in on friends, family and neighbours to make sure they are alright – and arrange to be in touch during bad weather.
Advice for those dealing with flooding is available on the Environment Agency website and from Floodline on 0845 988 1188. Up-to-date information is available on Twitter @EnvAgencySE and by following #floodaware.
Report low and grounded power cables to UK Power Networks on 0800 783 88 66 or 01243 50 88 66 in the South East (Kent, Sussex and Surrey). Do not approach within 5m of low or grounded power cables.