Flood Alert: Groundwater flooding in the Salisbury Plain area

A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency.

Flood Alert in force: Groundwater flooding in the Salisbury Plain area.

Flooding is possible for: Boscombe, Cholderton, Collingbourne Ducis, Hanging Langford, Hindon, Hurdcott, Idmiston, Newton Tony, Orcheston, Porton, Salisbury, Shipton Bellinger, Shrewton, Stratford Sub Castle, Tidworth, Tilshead, Tisbury, Wilton, Winterbourne Stoke and Woodford.   

Be prepared.

Groundwater levels on Salisbury Plain are set to rise further over the next few days, bringing a risk of flooding to minor roads across the Salisbury Plain Area. The rate of rise is expected to level off between the 5th and 10th of February as a colder drier spell will bring some relief. A combination of flood water and icy conditions will make roads treacherous. Pumping equipment and property level protection measures should be set out where available. Take care that pumping during freezing conditions does not pose a risk to the public. Consider obtaining supplies of rock salt to prevent ice forming around discharge areas.

Warmer, wetter weather is expected to return from the 12th February which will cause groundwater levels to continue their upward trend. Environment Agency staff will continue to monitor the situation and will update this message on Friday the 5th February or sooner if the situation changes. Flood Wardens are requested to report flood incidents.

To check the latest information for your area

  • Visit the GOV.UK website to see the current flood warnings, view river and sea levels or check the 5-day flood risk forecast: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/target-area/111FAGSPGW
  • Or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 using quickdial code: 210022 .
  • Follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter.
  • Tune into weather, news and travel bulletins on local television and radio.

What you should consider doing now

  • Monitor local water levels and weather conditions. 
  • Get ready to act on your flood plan if you have one.
  • Move your car or other vehicles to higher ground, if it is safe to do so.
  • Prepare a flood kit of essential items including a torch with spare batteries, mobile phone and charger, warm clothes, home insurance documents, water, food, first aid kit and any prescription medicines or baby care items you may need.
  • Check that you know how to turn off your gas, electricity and water mains supplies.
  • In rural locations, farmers should consider moving livestock and equipment away from areas likely to flood.
  • Avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water. 30 cm of fast-flowing water can move a car and 6 inches can knock an adult off their feet.
  • Flood water is dangerous and may be polluted. Wash your hands thoroughly if you’ve been in contact with it.

Environment Agency

For further information:

Tilshead Borehole Monitoring (Gov)

Tilshead Borehole Monitoring (Gauge Map)

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