Flood alert issued

By Ross Findon

Published on Tuesday, May 01, 2012 - 15:21


UPDATED 15:21*

A FLOOD alert was issued last night (Monday) for the Eastern Yar.

The Environment Agency issued the warning at 9.26pm.

It said that the Met Office forecast for overnight and this morning was for very heavy rainfall with 30mm of rainfall expected. 

"Some of the rain will be very intense and current radar images show intense rainfall affecting the Eastern Yar catchment from around 02:00 tomorrow morning. 

"Although river levels in the top part of the catchment have fallen since yesterday, the river will be very responsive to this additional rain and will rise rapidly. 

"Depending on the intensity and duration of rain throughout the night, a Flood Warning may be issued for the Langbridge and Alverstone area of Eastern Yar by tomorrow morning," the warning stated.

This morning (Monday) the Environment Agency said: "13mm of rain has fallen in 12 hours at Knighton raingauge.

"Showers have now passed over the Isle of Wight and there is very little further rain forecast until tomorrow (Wednesday) evening.

"River levels around Alverstone and Langbridge are rising in response to the rainfall and there will be some out of bank river flow through fields and on some footpaths."

It said it would continue to monitor the river level.

*The flood alert was lifted shortly after 3pm today (Tuesday).

Flooding at Warlands Lane Shalfleet

Flooding in Warlands Lane, Shalfleet on Monday. Picture by Lucie Carroll.


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