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Wild New Year weather wreaks havoc in Bexley
THE wild New Year weather has continued to wreak havoc across Bexley.
A landslide on the railway between Barnehurst and Kidbrooke dumped 150 tonnes of spoil and seven trees onto the track early on Thursday morning.
Services through Barnehurst were only fully up and running again on Monday after Network Rail staff worked frantically to clear the route.
Replacement bus services ran on Sunday as emergency works went ahead to repair broken track.
The Thames Barrier has been closed 13 times since New Year’s Day causing water levels to swamp jetties, roads and walkways in Erith.
Rosemary Thomas, 59, looked out of her first floor window in Chandlers Drive on January 4 to see her river view had moved a little closer than usual.
The retired nurse told News Shopper: "My husband Paul has lived here about 12 years and he’d never seen anything like it.
"There are some very old jetties out there and they are just disintegrating."
The amateur photographer took one image of a huge puddle swamping the High Street by the Running Horses pub.
She said: "It certainly took motorists by surprise as they swept round the corner.
"A lot of people came out to look because they had never seen it like that."
Just three weeks ago a walkway below the Crittal's Corner roundabout in Foot's Cray was completely submerged.
The Environment Agency is advising communities in the south-east to remain aware of the threat of more flooding from groundwater and rivers following the recent rainfall.
When News Shopper went to print there were 32 flood warnings and 70 flood alerts in force for the region.
It will be several days before all river levels are back to normal with the Met Office forecasting further rain at times this week.
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