Flood Warning in force: Tidal River Medway and Medway Estuary.

Information received from the Flood Information Service

Flooding is expected for: Areas at risk of flooding from the tidal River Medway and the Medway Estuary, including Aylesford, Larkfield, Wouldham, Medway Towns, Upnor, Hoo and Lower Halstow.

Immediate action required.

A large tidal surge is expected to affect the coast this afternoon as a result of low pressure in the North Sea. The tide will peak at 14:45 today Thursday 19/11/2020, however flood conditions may apply two to four hours either side of the high tide.
Flooding is expected to affect properties, roads, and low lying land nearest the estuary, in particular around Lower Upnor, Canal Road, Strood and outer parts of the Medway Estuary.
The situation is being closely monitored. Incident response staff are checking and operating defences and structures, and liaising with emergency services and partners.
Please move possessions and valuables off the ground or to safety, and remain aware of your local situation.
This message will be updated  this evening, 19/11/2020, or as the situation changes.

What you should consider doing now:

* Act on your business flood plan if you have one.

* Move your staff and customers to a safe place.

* Move cars or other vehicles to higher ground, if it is safe to do so.

* Use flood protection equipment, such as flood barriers, air brick covers and pumps to protect your property. Any equipment should be professionally supplied and installed to help reduce the impact of flood water.

* Move stock and other valuable items upstairs or to a safe place in your building.

*Turn off gas, electricity and water mains supplies before flood water starts to enter your building. Never touch an electrical switch if you are standing in water.

* If it is safe to do so, make sure neighbouring businesses are aware of the situation and offer help to anyone who may need it.

* Listen to the advice of the emergency services and be ready to evacuate your building if told to do so.

* Avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water. 30 cm of fast-flowing water can move a car and 6 inches can knock an adult off their feet.

* Flood water is dangerous and may be polluted. Wash your hands thoroughly if you’ve been in contact with it.