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Charles to meet flooding victims

The Prince of Wales will today meet business owners who were flooded when a river burst its banks on Christmas Eve.

Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit Yalding in Kent today to hear first-hand the impact on those who have had to leave their homes and those whose businesses are still undergoing refurbishment.

The couple will meet the owners of Orchard View Classic Garage who specialise in restoring classic cars, some of which were flooded and are now undergoing a specialist drying process.

They will also speak to a beekeeper whose 16 hives were swept away, and the owners of Teapot Island whose museum houses over 6,000 teapots.

In response to the extreme flooding in Yalding, Community Resilience UK - a partner of the Business Emergency Recovery Group, sent a regional advisor to the area to assess the impact of the floods.

Charles and Camilla will meet the community interest company to find out how it helps communities and small businesses prepare for and recover from major emergencies by working with voluntary and public sector organisations.

The Royal couple will also tour Bateman's in Burwash, East Sussex - the 17th century home of author Rudyard Kipling, and meet staff and volunteers.

The author of The Jungle Book and If bought the house for his family and the rooms, described by him as "untouched and unfaked", remain much as he left them, with oriental rugs and artefacts reflecting his strong association with the East, a Clarence House spokeswoman said.

The gardens include a 17th century water mill, which is still used today to produce flour.

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