for Flood alert in force now Groundwater flooding in West Ilsley, East Ilsley, Compton, Chilton and West Hagbourne

Flooding is possible - be prepared

Groundwater levels remain high and continue to rise very steadily at our observation borehole in Hodcott. Communities in the West Ilsley, East Ilsley, Compton, Chilton and West Hagbourne are in the groundwater alert area which may be affected within the next few days by groundwater flooding. Groundwater levels are above normal for this time of year. Low-lying land and roads will therefore be at risk of flooding first. Due to the nature of groundwater behaviour, this situation could continue for several weeks or longer and the speed at which flooding will occur will be dependent on rainfall conditions. The forecast is for a drier week (26 March 2020 to 2 April 2020) with potential for light rain showers at times. We are continuing to monitor groundwater levels and will update this message next week by 2 April 2020, or as the situation changes.

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