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flood rain GillinghamGillingham has been placed on flood alert overnight and on Tuesday morning, councillors were told this evening.

Town clerk Julie Hawkins told members of the general purposes committee that the town’s flood wardens had been informed of the alert and would be out on patrol.

The warning, which runs from 2am to 2pm Tuesday, relates to Shreen Water.

Earlier the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for much of the south west including the Gillingham area, where heavy rain is forecast between 10pm tonight and 2am.

In its flood alert the Environment Agency says: ‘River levels will rise rapidly on the Upper Dorset Stour, Shreen Water due to forecast heavy rainfall overnight…..

‘…..Avoid using low lying footpaths and any bridges near local watercourses and do not attempt to walk or drive through flood water. Plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads which are affected by flooding.’

The agency also said the flood gates at Hammon on the River Stour near Stuminster Newton will be closed.

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