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After more than 30mm of rainfall on the Isle of Wight over the past 9 hours – the equivalent of half a month’s rainfall – the Environment Agency have issued a flood alert for the Eastern Yar tonight (Sunday).

River levels in the Eastern Yar are high and continue to rise, according to officials.

At Alverstone, levels will rise until approx. 02:00. Meanwhile at Sandown, the river will continue to rise over the next 10 hours and will peak at approximately 08:00 tomorrow morning. There may be out of bank flooding affecting access on roads, cycle tracks and footpaths along most of the river valley.

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No significant rain is forecast over the next 24 hours so flood conditions are likely to improve after midday.

Bembridge sluice will be tide locked overnight giving the river little opportunity to drain so additional ponded water will be seen on the marshes at Brading and beyond.

Property is not currently expected to flood, but the Environment Agency are encouraging homeowners and local businesses to check that flood protection and pumps are installed and operating.

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