The Environment Agency have issued an update to earlier flood alerts for villages in the Bourne Valley area at 2.05pm on Wednesday 19th March.
Communities at risk of groundwater flooding in Vernham Deane, Upton and the Bourne Valley in North Hampshire including Hurstbourne Tarrant and St Mary Bourne.
Over the last week, groundwater levels have slowly started to fall in the Bourne Valley, but they remain very high. At the borehole in Vernham Dean the level fell by 95cm in the last week (to 126.61m AOD).
The forecast is for wet weather on Thursday and Friday which may lead to rainfall running off saturated ground into already flooded areas and may cause groundwater levels to rise slightly.
Groundwater levels in the area are still very high and problems associated with high groundwater levels will persist for many weeks. The Flood Warning for the Bourne Rivulet is no longer in force, but the Flood Alert remains in place.
Groundwater levels are maintaining high base flows within the Rivulet and any additional rainfall will only compound the current flooding situation. Properties still at risk of flooding are in the villages of St Mary Bourne Stoke, Hurstbourne Tarrant and Upton.
This Flood Alert will be updated on Wednesday 26th March 2014.