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Following heavy rain throughout yesterday (Saturday) and overnight into this morning, Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) has received around thirty flooding related calls and is issuing safety advice to the public.
On Saturday (23 August) fire officers visited a number of properties and crews along with a fire engine spent about an hour diverting flood water out of a house in Newitt Road, Hoo just before 4pm. Earlier during the day, crews used two light portable pumps to clear water that was about two metres deep from a property in Cranbrook.
Emergency control room staff have also received reports of flooding in Chatham, Gillingham, Rochester, Sheerness, Faversham, Ashford, Rolvenden, Lyminge, Birchington, Canterbury, Herne Bay, Sandwich, Westgate, Tunbridge Wells, Northfleet and Bean but predominantly the callers did not need immediate assistance and were referred to their insurers and local council.
KFRS urges everyone in the event of flooding to follow basic safety tips:
Remember that during a storm the emergency services will be very busy. Only call for immediate assistance if there is a risk to life or serious property or environmental damage
Following a flood in your home, make sure all electrical circuits are fully dried out and checked by an electrical engineer before switching back on
Do not attempt to walk through flooded areas. Even shallow water moving fast can sweep you off your feet and there may be hidden dangers such as open drains or damaged road surfaces
Look after neighbours who may be vulnerable
Keep an eye on weather reports on local television or radio news channels. Do not travel in heavy rain storms unless absolutely necessary.
Motorists should not attempt to drive through flooded roads or fords. The water is often deeper than it looks and may be moving quite fast. Your vehicle may be swept away or become stranded.
Visit the Environment Agency website for more advice, flood warnings and to sign up to their Floodline www.environment-agency.gov.uk or call 0845 988 1188