Flood Alert: Groundwater Flooding in the Salisbury Plain Area

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April 10, 2018

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 have responded quite steeply to the weekend’s heavy rainfall, particularly to the West of Salisbury Plain.

Communities including Tilshead, Orcheston, Shrewton, Chitterne, Codford and those along the Wylye Valley are most likely to be affected. Residents should prepare property level flood resilience measures including pumps where they are fitted. People driving through flood water should take extra care both for their own safety and to ensure that their bow wave doesn’t cause flooding to properties lining the roads.

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.

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