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Flood alerts after heavy rain lashes Surrey and Hampshire

Flood alerts after heavy rain lashes Surrey and Hampshire

Published by Carol Musgrave at 5:58am 11th June 2019. (Updated at 9:45am 12th June 2019)

Flood alerts are in place in our area after heavy rain lashed Surrey and Hampshire yesterday afternoon and overnight.

The warnings are for:

  • Upper River Wey including Alton, Farnham, Bordon, Frensham, Tilford, Godalming, Guildford and Peasmarsh.
  • Hoe Stream including Woking.
  • River Blackwater and The Cove Brook.
  • River Hogsmill area from Ewell to Kingston upon Thames.
  • River Mole and its tributaries from Kinnersley Manor to South Hersham including Sidlow, Leigh, Betchworth, Brockham, Pixham, Dorking, Mickleham, Leatherhead, Fetcham, Stoke D'Abernon and Cobham.
  • Upper River Mole, Ifield Brook, Gatwick Stream, Burstow Stream and Salfords Stream.
    Beverley Brook area in Merton, Sutton, Kingston upon Thames, Richmond upon Thames and Wandsworth.
    Chertesy Bourne.

The Environment Agency says it means flooding is possible after river levels rose, affecting low lying land, gardens and roads near rivers.

Flooding of properties is not forecast at this stage.

The agency is advising people to avoid low lying footpaths near local watercourses, and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers.

Meanwhile, there are reports of standing water and localised flooding, and debris washed onto the roads.

Surrey Police reported attending many crashes yesterday because of drivers going to fast for the conditions.

A yellow warning was replaced by an amber warning at 3pm yesterday, with the Met Office warning of danger to life from flood water, potential damge to properties and hazardous travel conditions.

The Met office has told Eagle this morning that 40-45mm of rain fell around the Guildford area, 48mm of rain in Wisley, 45mm of rain in south Farnborough and 48.6mm in Leatherhead over 24 hours. 

The maximum that fell across the southeast of England was in Ham Hill in Kent - 100.5mm in 24 hours.

Weather warnings are now no longer in force for our area, but more rain is forecast for today and through the week.

The Met Office's Sarah Kent told Eagle the wet weather is "unseasonable for June", she said:

"It's all been tied to a really slow-moving area of low pressure over northern France, which has just been spinning weather fronts into the east of England.

"We're used to our weather coming from the west -  so often places in the east of England are favoured and have less in the way of rainfall.

"But this time the weather has come in from the east and that's why we've had so much rain, particularlly over the last 24 hours, as we've seen from those figures..."

So what lies ahead for the week? The Met Office says we are in for a better day today, and we might even get a little bit of sunshine with temperatures picking up to 17-18, but those higher temperatures could bring locally  heavy downpours this afternoon.

The unsettled weather is continuing through the week - tomorrow we could get more rain after a dry start, and more showers over the weekend.

Sarah said this area of low pressure is gradually moving away after the weekend, and hopefully high pressure will build a little from the south bringing us dry interludes next week.

Surrey and Hampshire's five day forecast:

Today:

Some warm sunshine in places after any early mist or fog clears. However, western areas will be cloudier with a little rain, and with a few heavy showers likely to develop in northern and western parts during the day. Maximum temperature 19 °C.

Tonight:

Becoming dry for a time overnight, but thickening cloud will bring some showery rain from the south by Wednesday morning. Minimum temperature 6 °C.

Wednesday:

A band of heavy and perhaps thundery rain will spread northwest during the morning, followed by sunny spells and scattered heavy and possibly thundery showers. Maximum temperature 19 °C.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:

Thursday will see some heavy and thundery showers, but also some brighter and drier intervals. Sunny intervals and scattered showers on Friday and Saturday, these perhaps heavy in places.

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