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Firefighters tackle flooding and weather chaos across Kent

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Original article from Kent Live

Firefighters have been called out during the extreme weather of the last 24 hours, dealing with flooding and felled trees across the county.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service said in an update that weather-related incidents countywide have occupied firefighters and KFRS volunteers.

Teams were working hard throughout Tuesday (July 20) afternoon and into the evening at a number of weather-related incidents across Kent and Medway, they added.

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At a Maidstone NHS property, a call to attend flooding saw firefighters pumping water away.

There was more flooding in Swanley, with the fire service receiving dozens of reports of surface water flooding affecting several customers' homes.

Yalding also saw flooding reports, where fire crews and volunteers were sent to assist customers stranded by floodwater entering their property.

As well as excess water causing its own issue, a tree felled in West Malling affected a telegraph pole. Crews closed part of the road off and were awaiting telecoms engineers at the time of the update.

KFRS said that Kent Police, South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb), Environment Agency, British Red Cross, local authority officer and the KFRS Volunteer Response Team all attended to help make situations safe in the county.

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