Severe weather warning and flood alerts issued (updated)

Watch out for further heavy rain and more flooding as Met Office and Environment Agency issue warnings.

Car driving on flooded road:

The heavy rain from last night that has affected many Island roads today is set to continue.

The Met Office have just issued a severe weather warning for more rain on the Isle of Wight and the Environment Agency have issued a ‘flood warning’ at Langbrige/Alverstone and Monktonmead Brook, Ryde and a ‘flood alert’ is in force for Gurnard Luck and the Eastern Yar.

Some of the Island roads that were reported as being affected by flooding have now been declared un-passable, with diversions in place.

All football matches on council football pitches have been cancelled this weekend due to waterlogged conditions.

The heavy rain is expected to continue until around 24pm today. We’ll let you know any if other updates come through.

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Friday, 17th January, 2014 8:49am

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1 Comment

  1. peaceful_life's comment is rated +2 Vote +1 Vote -1

    17.Jan.2014 7:12pm

    Very relevant article.

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jan/13/flooding-public-spending-britain-europe-policies-homes?CMP=fb_gu&commentpage=3

    ‘Sometimes ploughing a hillside in the wrong way at the wrong time of the year can cause a flood – of both mud and water – even without exceptional rainfall. This practice has blighted homes around the South Downs (which arguably should never have been ploughed at all). One house was flooded 31 times in the winter of 2000-2001 by muddy floods caused by ploughing. Another, in Suffolk, above which the fields had been churned up by pigs, was hit 50 times. But a paper on floods of this kind found that “there are no (or only very few) control measures taken yet in the UK’

    ‘That’s the flipside of a philosophy that believes land exists only to support landowners and waterways exist only “to get rid of water”. Instead of a steady flow sustained around the year by trees in the hills, by sensitive farming methods, by rivers allowed to find their own course and their own level, to filter and hold back their waters through bends and braiding and obstructions, we get a cycle of flood and drought. We get filthy water and empty aquifers and huge insurance premiums and ruined carpets. And all of it at public expense. Much obliged to you guv’nor, I’m sure’

    By, George, I think he’s getting it.

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