for Flood alert in force now Groundwater flooding in the Upper Og Valley

Flooding is possible - be prepared

Groundwater levels have been rising in the past couple of days in response to the recent heavy rainfall. Levels remain high at our observation borehole near Draycot Foliat in the Og Valley, and are above normal for this time of year. Groundwater levels will be sensitive to further rainfall. Flooding of low-lying land and roads is possible. Due to the nature of groundwater behaviour, levels could remain high for several weeks or longer. Should groundwater levels increase further, property flooding is possible in the longer term. We are closely monitoring the situation. The weather forecast is for a mostly dry day today (12/02/20), but further heavy rainfall is forecast tonight and into Thursday morning (13/02/20). The rest of the week is forecast to be very unsettled with heavy rainfall over the weekend. Our weekly groundwater briefing note can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/thames-west-area-groundwater-situation.

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