More Flooding Predicted for England

The UK’s Met Office had forecast 12 hours of rain for Friday and more to come through the weekend. The worst affected areas are likely to be the South West, Midlands and Eastern England.

Much of the ground in the south of England is still so saturated, any prolonged rainfall is likely to result in further flooding. There are particular concerns for the area knowns as the Somerset Levels, which has been under water since early January. Around mid January this areas was said to be under 65 million cubic metres of water.

The Environment Agency has again issued a number of flood warnings and the lower level flood alerts. There are currently 8 flood warnings for the South West:

  • South Winterbourne Valley
  • Salt Moor and North Moor including Moorland
  • Middle Avon from Salisbury to Ringwood
  • River Yeo from Yeovil to Langport
  • River Parrett (lower) at Langport Westover Trading Estate
  • Lower Frome from East Stoke to Wareham
  • A361 Road East Lyng to Burrowbridge
  • Curry Moor and Hay Moor

In a statement today, the Environment Agency said:

“Additional rain will exacerbate ongoing flooding across swollen rivers and in areas with high groundwater levels, leading to a low likelihood of further significant disruption on Friday.

“Ongoing significant disruption from river flooding for parts of the Somerset Levels remains over the coming five days, particularly around Langport.”

Groundwater Levels

As mentioned above, the ground in many parts of the south of England is saturated after endless rain and almost constant flooding since late December.

In their statement, the Environment Agency confirmed that groundwater levels continue to rise in parts of south and south-east England, with flooding likely in east Hampshire, West Sussex, West Berkshire and Surrey. Also of a major concern in the county of Wiltshire. Levels are expected to rise in the Salisbury Plain area after the forecast heavy rain this weekend. The EA said:

“The communities of Tilshead, Shrewton, Orcheston and Berwick St James, to the north of Salisbury, are being affected by groundwater flooding and this can be expected to continue through the period with a low likelihood of significant disruption bringing a low overall groundwater flood risk”.

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Floods at Salisbury Cathedral earlier this month, January 2014. Photo: twitter.com/gerrylynch