The cricket pitch in Alkham – underwater!

Due to higher than normal rainfall, groundwater levels in East Kent have risen meaning the Alkham Bourne and the Nailbourne are flowing, and the Little Stour has also increased its flow over the holidays.

It’s thought this may lead to flooding in some areas, especially in the Elham Valley, Alkham, and Petham. The groundwater and river levels will likely stay high until Spring 2024. The state of play will be updated by Thursday 4 January 2024, or sooner if needed.

Areas at risk from Groundwater flooding including the Petham Bourne, Alkham bourne and Nailbourne including Elham, Barham, Bishopsbourne, Bridge, Patrixbourne and Bekesbourne with residents are being warned to stay away from flood water, whether on foot or by car.

View map of the flood alert area

For more information, search ‘Kent Groundwater Situation’ on

By Ed

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