Land turns into lakes af­ter down­pours

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Notice To Benefits Claimants -

Alas, it wasn’t just the cham­pagne that was flow­ing as the new year ar­rived.

The first few days of 2014 also saw Ash­ford in­un­dated with wa­ter as rivers, dykes and ditches over­flowed and car parks and un­der­passes be­came flooded.

The pic­nic area by the Hu­bert Foun­tain in Ash­ford’s Vic­to­ria Park be­came a no-go area, and the foot­path un­der the M20 mo­tor­way along­side the River Stour near Ash­ford Rugby Club in Ken­ning­ton was im­pass­able ex­cept for those wear­ing waders.

It was a sim­i­lar story in low-ly­ing fields around the town which flooded af­ter con­tin­ual down­pours.

The car parks at the Stour Cen­tre and the Gal­lagher Re­tail Park off Nor­man Road were un­der­wa­ter for sev­eral days.

More flood­ing pic­tures, pages 32 and 33

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM2972144

The car park for Cur­rys, Pets at Home and Hal­fords un­der wa­ter

Pic­ture: Linda Dodd

The flooded pic­nic area by the Hu­bert Foun­tain in Ash­ford’s Vic­to­ria Park

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM2972148

Horses on the flooded fields near Kingsnorth

Pic­ture: Ted Prangnell

The walk­way un­der the M20 near Ash­ford Rugby Club in Ken­ning­ton

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