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Floods worsen in Whyteleafe, Kenley and Purley along A22

By Surrey Mirror  |  Posted: February 14, 2014

By Mark Davison and Georgie Keate

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Whyteleafe flooding from the bourne on February 6th 2014

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THIS evening, the floods along the A22 at Whyteleafe, Kenley and Purley were reported to be getting deeper as the bourne flows fast and furiously through the communities along the road.

Warren Gilbert, of Litho Techniques, Godstone Road, said late this afternoon that the water level of the floods on the A22 was "now up to our threshold" and was a "bit deeper" than on Thursday.

The printing firm's premises has a sandbag wall outside and Mr Gilbert and his brother Stewart and staff are endeavouring to continue working as usual.

With a period of heavy rain continuing to batter the Tandridge area of Surrey and the Croydon borough this afternoon, there were fresh fears that the level of the bourne will rise further in coming days.

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"All this water has still to come down from the hills," said Mr Gilbert.

With possibly more to come in the next 24 hours, there are fears the worst of the flooding is still to come. The Met Office is predicting heavy rain for the rest of today and into the early hours of Saturday.

Numerous homes have been evacuated in Kenley and the A22 remains closed. The makeshift reservoir created in the underpass at Purley Way has little capacity left.

Two other locations - the car park at St John the Baptist Catholic Church and the school field at Harris Primary Academy Kenley - have also been deliberately

The latest update from Sutton and East Surrey Water said the water tre

More than 46,000 homes and 116,000 people receive their water from the works. If it does have to shut down the company says it is planning to supply customers by re-routing additional supplies from other treatment works.

Yesterday Croydon South MP Richard Ottaway visited some of the worst hit areas with council leader Mike Fisher.

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2 comments Newest Oldest Best Rated jshappy | February 14 2014, 1:36PM

Feel really sorry for the people affected by the floods it must be horrible.

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Report POLICEFRIEND | February 14 2014, 1:31PM

I am so glad that Richard Ottaway managed to get down there.

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