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Flood Alert Update: 24th February 2020

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The Environment Agency’s most recent advice issued today suggests that groundwater flooding is becoming more likely, possibly repeating the scale of the 2014 floods which affected many parts of Hampshire significantly. There are also concerns about river levels, including the River Avon. 

The Environment Agency currently have flood alerts in:

Buckskin, Basingstoke and Sherborne St John

Bishops’ Sutton

Alton and Lower Farringdon

Bramdean and Cheriton

Crondall

Hensting and Twyford

Deane and Ashe in North Hampshire

Littleton, Headbourne, Kings, Martyr Worthy

Vernham Dean and Bourne Valley

Chilland, Easton

Villages surrounding Andover

Hursley

King’s and Little Somborne

Meon Valley

Pitton, West Tytherly, Broughton and Nether Wallop

Hambledon

Sutton Scotney and Chilbolton

Finchdean, Deanlane End and Rowlands Castle

The Candovers and Old Alresford

 

Cranbourne Chase

 


The Environment Agency further advises, as a result of February's rain, it will no longer require very prolonged periods of rainfall to cause flood impacts similar to those experienced in 2014. 

“Given how high groundwater levels currently are across Hampshire, coupled with a continued unsettled outlook for at least the next 10 days, we would like all communities to prepare for an increase in groundwater flood impacts over the next few weeks”. 

This follows five months of heavy rain including recent storms Ciara and Dennis, and we advise residents to keep themselves informed and to be prepared by signing up to the Environment Agency flood alert system https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings

Flooding can come from a variety of sources – river, groundwater and coastal – and we work hard with our partners to collectively, manage the risk and reduce the impact of flooding as far as we can. 

Highways teams carry out significant work across the county throughout the year improving culverts, drainage, and the flow of water into ditches from the highways via grips. Over the last few days, we have also deployed sandbags to address highways flooding issues.

However, when groundwater reaches the level we are currently seeing, some flooding is inevitable and we will continue to work hard with partners to try to manage and mitigate the impact. 

Our highways teams worked round the clock during the two recent storms to manage drainage issues and surface water on the roads. The teams have also been very busy, particularly in the last 48 hours, addressing groundwater and other flooding issues across the county. This is addition our ongoing flood management work where the County Council continually invests funding and professional resources to develop and implement flood mitigation schemes with our partners. We acknowledge that there are many more schemes we would like to implement but, as the national news has made clear, Government funding is limited and current rules make it harder to secure funding for groundwater flooding schemes in predominantly rural areas.

You may find the following links to information useful:

www.hants.gov.uk/landplanningandenvironment/environment/flooding/floodprevention

www.hants.gov.uk/landplanningandenvironment/environment/flooding/floodalleviationprojects

 

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