Further heavy rainfall across the Isle of Wight has led to the flooding of roads and has prompted 2 flood alerts to be issued by the Environment Agency this afternoon (Thursday).
Several key connecting roads on the Island are underwater this afternoon including Middle Road near Calbourne, Whitwell Road and Chatfield Road near Whitwell, Havenstreet Main Road & Smallbrook Lane near Ryde, Merstone Lane near Godshill and Highwood Lane on the outskirts of Rookley.
The Environment Agency has issued a flood alert for Lugley Brook as it says water levels in Newport are high and rising. Water levels are also high on the Eastern Yar, resulting in a second alert being issued.
In the last 24 hours, 20mm of rain has fallen at Carisbrooke. This is a significant volume in a short period of time. In the next 1 hour, the river will rise to bankfull and could come out of bank from Old Westminster Lane to Hunny Cross Way, flooding footpaths. Surface water flooding could affect the bottom of Castle Street.
Further rain is expected over the next 6 hours, and the Aquatics Centre at Vicarage Walk near Foxes Road will remain vulnerable to flood impacts during this time.
In the East and South of the Island, 25mm of rain has been recorded at Knighton. Most of that rain has fallen in the last 6 hours on already wet ground.
In Alverstone, from 16:00 this afternoon, the river will be high, rising close to the top of the river bank near the main road bridge. It will also flood Golf Links Road and Moreton Common Road at Sandown. Rain is not expected to clear the area until 18:00 this evening.
The river is unlikely to peak until at least 22:00 this evening, and with continued rain this afternoon, possibly not until the early hours of Friday morning. By 19:00, levels will be very high at Langbridge and Alverstone.
According to the EA, all of their debris screens are clear and are allowing the river to flow freely. Residents are being told to ensure that pumps used to protect property are operating or that you can take action to protect property if required.
A yellow weather warning for heavy rain is in force for the Isle of Wight today. Read more at https://www.islandecho.co.uk/heavy-rain-expected-throughout-today-with-weather-warning-in-place/.
UPDATE – A flood alert has also been issued for the River Medina. Water levels in the River Medina at Blackwater are high and continue to rise.
Out of bank flooding may be affecting land, gardens and roads at Blackwater Mill and Sandy Lane. It is unlikely that the river will cause impacts at St George’s Way.
At Blackwater, the river should peak in a few hours, around 1800 hrs this evening. Tomorrow remains dry and the river should return to normal.