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The tidal Medway remains on flood alert ahead of this
afternoon's high tide (from 1pm to 2.45pm). Residents are
being asked to remain vigilant and to avoid coastal or
However, the latest advice from Environment Agency is that
the height of the tide will be lower than overnight and any impact
for the Medway area will be minimal.
Also, to clarify all Medway leisure centres are open as
normal today but some classes before 6pm at Medway Park and Strood Leisure Centre may be
affected. Call ahead to check availability.
Medway Tunnel reopened at 4am on Friday morning and all roads
are passable after a night of potential flooding in the area.
Canal Road in Strood is also now open – with its flood barriers
pulled back at around 3am.
Medway Council worked closely with partner agencies – including
Kent Police and the Environment Agency – to prepare a response to
potential flooding on the east coast.
This led to 300 homes being advised to evacuate in roads deemed
most at risk in Strood, Rochester, Lower Upnor, St Mary’s Island,
Chatham, lower Gillingham, lower Rainham and Cuxton.
Following advice taken from the Environment Agency from their
flood modelling, door-to-door knocking took place in those
People were advised to leave their homes immediately and either
go to a rest centre set up by the council at Strood Leisure Centre
or to family and friends.
A second rest centre was prepared at Medway Park, but was not
The council also placed substantial numbers of sand bags at each
site where flooding of properties was threatened during the
Further sand bags were dropped off where there was any
over-topping of water during the late evening and early hours.
Isolated flooding was reported in a number of locations in
Medway - at Pier Road, Gillingham; Canal Road, Strood; and Hathaway
Court, at The Esplanade, Rochester.
Flooded drains also caused some flooding at the Star Hill end of
Corporation Street, Rochester.
But by 2.30am on Friday the council’s emergency control room in
Gun Wharf was receiving reports of receding water levels at areas
across Medway and it was clear the greatest period of risk for
Medway that morning was over.
Members of the public who had gone to Strood Leisure Centre were
told they were safe to return home at around 3am. Taxis were
provided for those who did not have their own transport.
Reports coming in of receding water levels at various locations
in Medway, so it seems the greatest risk of flooding for this
morning has passed. Keep following us @medway_council for
Flooding has been reported in a number of locations in
- Pier Road, Gillingham - outside Dagenham Motors - avoid
- Canal Road, Strood
- River wall breached at Hathaway Court, Esplanade,
- Corporation Street, Rochester - drains overflowing
Medway Tunnel remains closed.
Medway Council is working with Kent Police and partner agencies
on a limited evacuation of up to 300 properties in some areas of
This action has been taken on the advice of the Environment
Agency and their latest modelling of the flood risk in the
A door-to-door evacuation is taking place in the following
streets - residents living in these areas only are advised to
evacuate their properties immediately:
Hathaway Court (off Esplanade)
St Mary’s Island
Bottom of Otterham Quay Lane
Properties of very frontage of Hoo Marina
Bloors Wharf Road
Residents living in these areas only are advised to
evacuate their properties immediately.
When evacuating, please ensure your property is secure,
including switching off any gas and electricity supply.
Please take any necessary items with you, including medication.
Where possible residents are advised to family or friends'
properties outside the affected roads. If this is not possible they
should go to the rest centre that has been established at Strood
Leisure Centre by Medway Council.
If you have been told to evacuate and choose not to go to the
rest centre or elsewhere, please make sure you inform
For further information residents should:
Follow @medway_council on Twitter
Search “Medway Council - Service updates and information” on
If you are told to evacuate and choose not to go to the evacuation
centre, please advise a family member or friend where you are
Take any necessary items with you, such as medicine.
Secure your property if you are advised to evacuate and switch gas
and electric off.
There will be an additional sand bag pick up location with
limited stocks of sand bags at Grove Road car park in Strood from
The Medway Tunnel will be closing from midnight
Following preparations for flood risk in Medway, the council has
limited stocks of sand bags now available for residents to use.
These will be distributed to the following locations by 10.45pm
this evening for residents who wish to use them:
- S Alma Place o/s D2 car
- Waterside Lane,
- The Esplanade, Rochester -
grass verge opposite Heathaway Court
- Access Road to Sun Pier,
Medway Street, Chatham
- Doust Way,
Residents will only need to
evacuate if informed by the emergency services. Useful
advice on preparing for a potential
flood evacuation is available here.
You should also check the
latest advice from the Environment Agency on flood alerts.
Residents that may need to evacuate
their homes as a result of this evening's flood alert are advised
to seek alternative accomodation with friends or family.
Should evacuation be necessary Strood
Leisure Centre will be acting as a "rest centre" this evening for
any residents displaced by the potential flooding who are unable to
make alternative arrangements. This facility will be available from
8pm on Thursday evening.
The flood gates at Canal Road in Strood will be closed from
Midnight tonight. Residents and commuters should remove their cars
if possible in advance of the closure.
Advice from the Environment Agency on
what to do during a flood is available
Strood Leisure Centre is cancelling
all bookings in the Main Hall, Dance Studio and Squash courts from
7pm tonight until 7pm on Friday night
The gym, swimming pools and Kicks
Soccer Centre will continue to operate as normal.
Medway Council is working with its
partners including Kent Police, Kent Fire and
Rescue and the
Environment Agency to ensure residents are protected in the
event of flooding.
Information about flood alerts in force can be found on the
Environment Agency flood alerts pages.
weather page has useful contact
information including housing, travel and details of
For live updates and retweets of useful information and
links follow @EnvAgency and @Medway_Council @kent_police and @kentfirerescue
on Twitter. We will also be updating Medway Council's
Service Updates and Information Facebook page.
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