Kent flood warnings as three rescued from stranded cars

A car stuck in floodwater in Kent Image copyright Other
Image caption Three people were rescued after two cars became stuck in floodwater in Hawkhurst and Ashford

Five flood warnings remain in place in the west and east of Kent with more heavy rain predicted for this week.

Many roads continue to be affected by floodwater with motorists being warned against driving through them.

Over the weekend, a man in his 90s was rescued from his car in Hawkhurst, and a couple were helped from a car stuck in 4ft (1.2m) of water in Ashford.

A woman in her 70s was seriously hurt when she was blown off her bicycle in strong winds in Hamstreet.

'Military on standby'

In the early hours of Sunday, fire crews used a boat and special water safety equipment to assist police in rescuing a man - believed to be in his 20s - who was swept away in water at Mill Lane, in Canterbury.

He was taken to hospital but his injuries are not known.

Flood warnings issued by the Environment Agency for Kent include the Great Stour between Ashford and Sturry, and Nailbourne and Little Stour between Lyminge and Stourmouth.

Resident Alan Atkinson contacted the BBC and said many homes had been flooded along the Nailbourne by rising groundwater springs and "the incompetent sewage system, yet we have been forgotten".

"No ministers offering us aid. No army looking to give us support," he added.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said the military were on standby across the country.

"The civil authorities are in the lead, but if they need military support it is available to them and authorities in various parts of the country have requested military assistance and it is being provided," he said.

The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for rain in southern England from the early hours of Tuesday until Thursday.

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Image caption Workers from the Environment Agency have been installing extra pumps to help drain land for farmers on Romney Marsh

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