Wild New Year weather wreaks havoc in Bexley

News Shopper: Erith High Street underwater on January 4 (photo by Rosemary Thomas). Erith High Street underwater on January 4 (photo by Rosemary Thomas).

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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2:54pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Hello_Mate says...

Picture 1 isnt Erith High Street, it's opposite the Running Horses pub & since the road was put in, it ALWAYS floods,
Picture 1 isnt Erith High Street, it's opposite the Running Horses pub & since the road was put in, it ALWAYS floods, Hello_Mate

6:34am Thu 16 Jan 14

Cabby1966 says...

Of course it is Erith High Street, all the street signs say so, A-Z maps confirm it, 4 online maps too. What road does the above commenter think it is?
The road does flood very occasionally during heavy rainfall if the drains are blocked. As a resident for 40 years I have only witnessed the Thames back flow up the drains once before.
Of course it is Erith High Street, all the street signs say so, A-Z maps confirm it, 4 online maps too. What road does the above commenter think it is? The road does flood very occasionally during heavy rainfall if the drains are blocked. As a resident for 40 years I have only witnessed the Thames back flow up the drains once before. Cabby1966

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