FEB 23 – End of week update on the situation with flooding in the district from Canterbury City Council
The main new area of flooding concern is the Petham bourne, which is now flowing fast into the Stour.
This has caused flooding on the high speed railway line between Chilham and Chartham and the line is currently closed. Southeastern has made a number of changes to its timetable as a result, with cancellations, bus replacement services and rerouting of some services in place.
A major operation by Network Rail, assisted by the city council, Kent Fire and Rescue Service and the military, to pump water off the line is now underway and it is hoped the line may open by Saturday. Live updates are available on Southeastern’s website at www.southeasternrailway.co.uk.
There is a flood risk to a handful of properties on the other side of the railway at Shalmsford Street and sandbags are being provided for these properties.
There remains considerable flooding in all the villages along the Nailbourne and engineering work is ongoing to try and provide relief and reduce water levels.
It is unlikely the situation will improve until at least four to six weeks’ time because the ground water levels are so high. Many roads remain closed and motorists are being urged to adhere to the closures after incidents of cars being stuck in flood water.
Work has begun to pump water out of a lake to the west of the High Street in Bridge.
Daily meetings are still taking place in the church hall in Bridge at 4pm to answer questions and tackle concerns. These meetings will continue into the weekend. The frequency of these meetings will be reviewed in due course as we enter a more stable position.
Water levels along the Stour are still quite high but have stabilised and aside from the point where it meets the Petham bourne, as outlined above, there are no other current areas of concern. All car parks in Canterbury are open. Levels in Fordwich and Grove Ferry are high but stable, and precautionary sandbagging has taken place.
The council continues to coordinate a daily, multi-agency group at Military Road to deal with ongoing issues and we are now starting to plan for the recovery phase of this flooding incident. The government has made a number of announcements about financial support for those affected by flooding and the council is working on arrangements for administering these.
We are also considering options for how sandbags are removed when the time is right and how people can remove flood damaged items from their property. More information will follow on this in due course.
Any resident whose property has been flooded is urged to contact their insurer to discuss their repair requirements if they haven’t already.
Our floodline number 01227 862310 is still operating for people with any concerns. People with issues over sewage in their property should call Southern Water on 0845 278 0845.
Canterbury City Council
phone: 01227 862050
fax: 01227 453136