River levels fall, but flood risk continues

By Ross Findon

Saturday, January 18, 2014

 

River levels fall, but flood risk continues

A flooded Morton Common Road. Picture courtesy of Isle of Wight Roads Policing via Twitter @IOWPolRoads

A FLOOD warning is in force for Langbridge and Alverstone this evening  (Saturday), according to the Environment Agency.

The warning was updated at shortly before 7pm tonight, when the EA said that despite Eastern Yar levels falling steadily during the day, they remained high.

It said: "Due to high rainfall over the last few weeks, there is significant floodplain flow along the Eastern Yar. 

"Overnight the Met office forecast a further 4 to 9mm of rainfall. The next few days are forecast to be showery and any rainfall will slow the rate at which the river returns to normal winter levels. 

"The river continues to remain very responsive to any further rainfall."

A flood alert was also in place for the Eastern Yar tributaries from Whitwell to Bembridge.

"Less than 5mm of rainfall has fallen in the last 24 hours in the Eastern Yar catchment. River levels in the upper part of the Eastern Yar catchment have continued to fall throughout the day, but are still high. 

"The river levels in the Sandown area are also high, but have started to fall slightly. The area around Riverside Caravan Park, Sandown will be saturated and it is likely that some roads are flooded in the Sandown area. 

Earlier today Isle of Wight police warned drivers to observe road closure signs on flooded roads.

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