Homes in Eastleigh are in danger of flooding this morning following persistent overnight rain which is expected to continue throughout the day the Environment Agency has warned.
The agency has put a red alert in place which reaches along the River Itchen from Bishopstoke to Shawford urging nearby householders and businesses to take “immediate action”.
Residents in Eastleigh’s central Newtown area were woken by phone calls from the Environment Agency at 6.30 this morning warning that they too were in the path of expected flooding.
A statement has been issued on the EA website as follows:
“The river levels in the River Itchen have risen over the last few weeks. High groundwater is feeding into the rivers and streams, keeping levels up and out of bank in places along the catchment. Over 15mm of rainfall has fallen in the past 12 hours, river levels have continued to rise in response to the rainfall that has fallen over these last few hours. The Met Office forecast approximately 15mm for the remainder of Wednesday and this will cause the river levels to rise further. Significant amounts of rain are forecast for the remainder of this week.”
The Flood Warning is due to be updated at 3pm today.
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