Water levels in the Gurnard Luck are high with 25mm of rainfall recorded in Cowes over the past 24 hours.
Over high tide at 16:02 today, the river will again remain high before draining with the lowering tide. Properties sited next to the river in Marsh Road will experience garden flooding, warn the experts.
Further heavy rain, up to 25mm, is forecast overnight tonight and early tomorrow morning (Friday). For the high tide at 04:47 on Friday morning, levels will be higher than they have been this week, with the river coming out of bank, flooding gardens and lower-lying properties in Marsh Road. Levels will be high at least 2 hours after high water.
At each high tide over the next few days, the river will be much higher than normal. The Environment Agency say they will continue to monitor the forecast.
Island Roads have made sandbags available at the corner of Marsh Road and Lower Church Road.
Residents with flood protection products should install them now. Keep away from the river at the main road bridge.
Meanwhile, there is a flood alert in place for the Eastern Yar. Out of bank flooding is expected in areas such as Adgestone, Golf Links and Morton Common.
UPDATE FRIDAY – The situation is now improving at Gurnard Luck with water levels falling. No further property flooding is expected.
A much smaller amount of rain (9mm) fell last night than was previously forecast. Therefore, the river level was not as high as expected.
Today (Friday 20/12/2019), the weather will be fairly dry with a few light showers. This will allow the river a chance to recover.
Tomorrow (21/12/2019), further unsettled weather is forecast. At each high tide over the next few days, the river will be much higher than normal.
A Flood Alert will remain in force for this area. Property flooding is not expected for this period but minor flooding impacts will continue.