The county could see a month’s worth of rain in a couple of hours

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Towns along the coast of Kent have been put on alert and told to be prepared for the risk of flash floods this afternoon.

The Environment Agency issued the warning after weather reports revealed that some parts of the county may see a month’s worth of rain in just a few hours.

The non-departmental public body is urging residents to be aware of the risk of localised surface water flooding from overwhelmed drains.

Environment Agency teams have been mobilised across the country to check on flood defences and say they will work around the clock to minimise the risk to the county.

James Humphrys from the Environment Agency said: “Our thoughts are with the communities who have been affected by flooding over the past few weeks and we advise everyone to remain prepared for further heavy rainfall”.

“We continue to monitor the predicted weather this afternoon and overnight. We will check and operate flood defences and remove any blockages that may increase the risk of flooding.

“We urge people to check the Environment Agency website for the latest situation and to sign up to receive flood warnings.”

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