for Flood alert in force now Groundwater flooding in Vernham Dean, Upton and the Bourne Valley

Flooding is possible - be prepared

In the Bourne Valley, groundwater levels are high and rising following 6 months of above average rainfall. At Vernham Dean, the current rate of rise is 0.3m per day. The level could rise for another 8 to 10 days. At this time, it could be very close to impacting a very small number of cellars in Upton. It may also begin to affect septic tanks. Currently, we do not expect significant impacts to property at Vernham Dean, Hurstbourne Tarrant, Stoke or St Marybourne. The River Swift will be flowing rapidly, and may cause flooding to low lying land especially at Ibthorpe and Stoke. The weather remains dry until Saturday (25/01/2020). On Sunday, a small amount of rain is forecast and it may turn unsettled next week. In Upton, please consider removing valuables from cellars. We’d like all residents in the Bourne Valley to remain prepared for potential impacts this winter. We continue to monitor the forecast. This Flood Alert will be updated by 12:00 on Monday 27/01/2020.

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