Drone footage shows flooding in Yalding, Maidstone and Leigh, near Tonbridge

Drone footage shows flooding in Yalding, Maidstone and Leigh, near Tonbridge
Drone footage shows flooding in Yalding, Maidstone and Leigh, near Tonbridge

New drone footage shows the extent of flash flooding that cut off two Kent villages.

Yalding, near Maidstone, and Leigh, near Tonbridge, were ravaged by water after days of heavy rain.

Neighbors were seen driving tractors around Yalding to bypass roads as water levels peak in the area and the river continues to rise.

Flood alerts have again been put in place for the Lower River Medway.

The warning – in place until tomorrow – covers Hampstead Lock in Yalding at Allington Lock, East Farleigh, Wateringbury, Teston and Teston Park, Tovil and Maidstone, including Millennium Park.

Meanwhile, the people of Leigh were completely isolated as the surrounding streets and fields were completely submerged.

Neighbors were seen driving tractors to get around Yalding. Photo: UKNIP
Flood alerts are in place in Yalding and Maidstone. Photo: UKNIP

Flood alerts are in place in Yalding and Maidstone. Photo: UKNIP

Flood alerts are in place in Yalding and Maidstone. Photo: UKNIP

Resident Julian Jansen van Rensburg said the village was not yet flooded, but the main road had been closed since yesterday meaning they could not leave.

He added: “It is impossible to get to Tonbridge. It causes havoc if you want to go anywhere. We are completely cut off.

“Ensfield Road is completely flooded. This is the main road to Tonbridge which is the main town in the area. There are schools, there is everything.

“It makes the passage quite difficult and we have to take a massive diversion, which is not practical.”

Yalding was flooded. Photo: UKNIP

Yalding was flooded. Photo: UKNIP

Yalding was flooded. Photo: UKNIP
Flooding in Leigh yesterday. Photo: Julian Jansen van Rensburg - @JJVR Photography

Flooding in Leigh yesterday. Photo: Julian Jansen van Rensburg - @JJVR Photography

Flooding in Leigh yesterday. Photo: Julian Jansen van Rensburg – @JJVR Photography

He said the roads and fields opposite the railway bridge are under water, but he says it has never been so bad since he moved to the village five or six years ago.

Flood alerts are also in place for the Middle River Medway as water levels peak in Tonbridge and East Peckham, although these are expected to decline slowly overnight.

It is warned that lowlands and towpaths are at risk of further flooding over the weekend.

The new warning covers Penshurst to Hampstead Lock, including Leigh Flood Storage Area, Ensfield Road, Tonbridge, Paddock Wood, Hop Farm, East Peckham, Branbridges and Hale Street.

The surrounding fields flooded Leigh and cut off the village of Tonbridge. Photo: Julian Jansen Van Rensburg - @JJVR_Photography

The surrounding fields flooded Leigh and cut off the village of Tonbridge. Photo: Julian Jansen Van Rensburg - @JJVR_Photography

The surrounding fields flooded Leigh and cut off the village of Tonbridge. Photo: Julian Jansen Van Rensburg – @JJVR_Photography
Ensfield Road in Leigh has been closed in both directions. Photo: Julian Jansen van Rensburg - @JJVR Photography

Ensfield Road in Leigh has been closed in both directions. Photo: Julian Jansen van Rensburg - @JJVR Photography

Ensfield Road in Leigh has been closed in both directions. Photo: Julian Jansen van Rensburg – @JJVR Photography

Flash flooding hit many places across the county yesterday following persistent rain.

Fire crews were even called in to rescue a taxi driver who got stuck in high water in Laddingford, near Yalding, while delivering school meals.

Ensfield Road is still closed in both directions due to flooding between High Street and Hayesden Lane.

. images drones show floods Yalding Maidstone Leigh near Tonbridge

. Drone footage shows flooding Yalding Maidstone Leigh Tonbridge

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