Flooding possible in Lavant Valley

Flooding is possible in Singleton, Charlton, West & East Dean and Chilgrove.

The Environment Agency say communities in the Lavant Valley area need to be aware of the ongoing situation.

They say ground water is high due to the amount of rainfall this year, and it’s possible the sewage network maybe affected.

Here is a statement issued by the Environment Agency: "Groundwater is high, within 70 cm of the surface in communities of the Lavant valley, and has been slowly rising since 08/02/2024. Minor groundwater flood impacts are expected to continue, affecting the ability of the sewage network to operate in East Dean, Charlton, Singleton and West Dean. Small amounts of water could still affect some basements. Relatively small amounts of rain are forecast over the next five days. 5-10mm of rain Wednesday 14/02/2024. 5-15mm of rain Saturday 17/02/2024. Groundwater could rise in communities through to 25/02/2024, but should not rise as high as it has been previously this winter. Groundwater will remain close to the surface and minor flood impacts affecting the sewage network could continue through to March. Groundwater will remain higher than normal and sensitive to any additional rainfall over winter. If you have pumps to help reduce groundwater levels in your property, ensure they are operational. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast."

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