Flood Alert Info - River Ouzel in Central Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes

Flood Alert Currently in Force

Flood Alert issued on 16 Jan 2021 17:45
River Ouzel
River levels are falling at the Clipstone Brook river gauge but remain high downstream as a result of rainfall on Thursday 14th January. Consequently, flooding of property, roads and farmland still possible. We expect flooding to affect River Ouzel from Leighton Buzzard to Willen, including Clipstone Brook and Water Eaton Brook. No further rainfall is forecast. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking defences and liaising with emergency services. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded and avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 17/01/2021, or as the situation changes.

Area Description

River Ouzel from Leighton Buzzard to Willen including Clipstone Brook and Water Eaton Brook.
This is a Flood Alert Area. For this area the highest level of flood notification that you will receive is a Flood Alert. No Flood Warnings or Severe Flood Warnings are issued for this area.
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Flood Alert History

Number of historic Flood Alerts that have previously been recorded for this area:
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Historical Flood Alert Messages for this Area

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  • Each Flood Alert may have multiple updates. The messages listed below may therefore be greater than the number of alerts detailed in the Flood Alert table above.

Flood Alert issued on 16 Jan 2021 08:58
River Ouzel
River levels continue to fall at the Clipstone Brook and Waterhall (Bletchley) river gauges but remain high downstream as a result of the recent rainfall. Consequently, flooding of property, roads and farmland remains possible today, Saturday 16th January. We expect flooding to affect the River Ouzel from Leighton Buzzard to Willen, including Clipstone Brook and Water Eaton Brook. Further rainfall is forecast for today, Saturday 16th January, which may see river levels begin to rise again. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated this afternoon, Saturday 16th January, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Jan 2021 19:26
River Ouzel
River levels continue to fall at the Clipstone Brook river gauge, but remain high at the Waterhall (Bletchley) river gauge, as a result of recent rainfall. Consequently, flooding of property, roads and farmland remains possible tonight, Friday 15 January and into tomorrow Saturday 16 January. We expect flooding to affect the River Ouzel from Leighton Buzzard to Willen, including Clipstone Brook and Water Eaton Brook. Further rainfall is forecast for tomorrow morning, Saturday 16 January. We expect river levels to remain high during tomorrow. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, Saturday 16 January, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Jan 2021 08:36
River Ouzel
River levels are falling at the Clipstone Brook and Waterhall (Bletchley) river gauges however, the river level is continuing to rise at the Milton Keynes M1 river gauge, as a result of recent rainfall. Consequently, flooding of property, roads and farmland is possible today, Friday 15th January. We expect flooding to affect the River Ouzel from Leighton Buzzard to Willen, including Clipstone Brook and Water Eaton Brook. No rainfall is forecast today but further rain is possible tomorrow, Saturday 16th January. We expect river levels to continue to rise at our Milton Keynes M1 river gauge today. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated on this afternoon Friday 15th January, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 14 Jan 2021 19:32
River Ouzel
River levels are starting to fall at our Clipstone Brook river gauge and continue to rise at our Waterhall (Bletchley) river gauge, as a result of persistent rainfall. Consequently, flooding of property, roads and farmland is possible during Thursday night and into Friday, 15/01/2021. We expect flooding to affect the River Ouzel from Leighton Buzzard to Willen, including Clipstone Brook and Water Eaton Brook. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 12 hours. We expect river levels to continue to continue to rise at our Waterhall (Bletchely) river gauge during Thursday night and into Friday, 15/01/2021. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated on Friday 15th January, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 14 Jan 2021 08:58
River Ouzel
River levels are rising at the Clipstone Brook river gauge as a result of persistent rainfall overnight. Consequently, flooding of property/roads and farmland is possible today, Thursday 14th January. We expect flooding to affect the River Ouzel from Leighton Buzzard to Willen, including Clipstone Brook and Water Eaton Brook. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 12 hours. We expect river levels to continue to rise through the morning and early afternoon. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated this afternoon, Thursday 14th January, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 28 Dec 2020 12:57
River Ouzel
River levels have fallen at the Clipstone Brook river gauge but continue to be higher than normal further downstream at our Bletchley river gauge. Consequently, flooding of property/roads and farmland is possible. No significant rainfall is forecast for Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th December 2020. We expect flooding to affect River Ouzel from Leighton Buzzard to Willen, including Clipstone Brook and Water Eaton Brook. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are liaising with emergency services. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated tomorrow, Tuesday 29 December 2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 27 Dec 2020 17:15
River Ouzel
River levels remain higher than normal at the Clipstone Brook river gauge and further downstream on the Ouzel, and have been rising following the rain this morning. The forecast is for further rain over the next 24 hours which may result in river levels staying high. Consequently, flooding of property/roads and farmland is possible. We expect flooding to affect River Ouzel from Leighton Buzzard to Willen, including Clipstone Brook and Water Eaton Brook. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are liaising with emergency services. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 28/12/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 27 Dec 2020 05:47
River Ouzel
River levels are higher than normal at the Clipstone Brook river gauge and further downstream on the Ouzel, and are now rising due to this mornings rainfall. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours which may result in river levels staying high. Consequently, flooding of property/roads and farmland is possible. We expect flooding to affect the River Ouzel from Leighton Buzzard to Willen, including Clipstone Brook and Water Eaton Brook. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are liaising with emergency services. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated this evening, 27/12/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 26 Dec 2020 17:30
River Ouzel
River levels are falling at the Clipstone Brook river gauge, but remain high further downstream on the Ouzel, as a result of recent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of property/roads and farmland is expected. We expect flooding to affect River Ouzel from Leighton Buzzard to Willen, including Clipstone Brook and Water Eaton Brook. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are liaising with emergency services. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated tomorrow afternoon, 27/12/20, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 26 Dec 2020 03:40
River Ouzel
River levels are falling at the Clipstone Brook river gauge, but remain high further downstream on the Ouzel, as a result of recent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of property, roads and farmland is expected. We expect flooding to affect River Ouzel from Leighton Buzzard to Willen, including Clipstone Brook and Water Eaton Brook. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are liaising with emergency services. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated tomorrow afternoon, 26/12/20, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 24 Dec 2020 12:41
River Ouzel
River levels remain high but are beginning to fall at the Clipstone Brook river gauge as a result of recent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of property/roads and farmland is expected. We expect flooding to affect River Ouzel from Leighton Buzzard to Willen, including Clipstone Brook and Water Eaton Brook. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are liaising with emergency services. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 25/12/20, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 23 Dec 2020 15:56
River Ouzel
River levels are rising at the Clipstone Brook river gauge as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of property/roads and farmland is expected. We expect flooding to affect River Ouzel from Leighton Buzzard to Willen, including Clipstone Brook and Water Eaton Brook. Further heavy rainfall is forecast over the next 12 hours. We expect river levels to continue to rise. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are liaising with emergency services. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 24/12/20, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 8 Oct 2020 07:06
River Ouzel
River levels have fallen at the Clipstone Brook river gauge though levels remain higher in the lower River Ouzel as the peak moves downstream. Consequently, flooding of property and roads remains possible. We expect flooding to affect River Ouzel from Leighton Buzzard to Willen, including Clipstone Brook and Water Eaton Brook. Light rainfall is forecast over the next couple of days, however we do not expect this to result in further river level rise. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. We will continue to closely monitor the situation. This message will be updated at 17:30 on Thursday 8th October 2020.


Flood Alert issued on 7 Oct 2020 18:10
River Ouzel
River levels are continuing to decline at the Clipstone Brook river gauge though levels remain high in the lower River Ouzel as the peak moves downstream. Further light rainfall is forecast overnight tonight and into tomorrow, which may result in levels rising again. Consequently, flooding of property and roads is possible. We expect flooding to affect River Ouzel from Leighton Buzzard to Willen, including Clipstone Brook and Water Eaton Brook. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. We will continue to closely monitor the situation. This message will be updated at 07:30 on Thursday 8th October 2020.


Flood Alert issued on 7 Oct 2020 07:50
River Ouzel
River levels are continuing to decline at the Clipstone Brook river gauge, though levels remain high in the lower River Ouzel as the peak moves downstream. Consequently, flooding of property and roads is possible. We expect flooding to affect the River Ouzel from Leighton Buzzard to Willen, including Clipstone Brook and Water Eaton Brook. Further light rainfall is forecast over the next couple of days, but we expect river levels to continue to decline during this time. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. We will continue to closely monitor the situation. This message will be updated at 18:00 on Wednesday 7 October 2020.


Flood Alert issued on 6 Oct 2020 15:51
River Ouzel
River levels are continuing to decline at the Clipstone Brook river gauge, though levels remain high in the lower River Ouzel as the peak moves downstream. Consequently, flooding of property and roads is possible. We expect flooding to affect River Ouzel from Leighton Buzzard to Willen, including Clipstone Brook and Water Eaton Brook. Further light rainfall is forecast over the next couple of days but we expect river levels to continue to decline during this time. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. We will continue to closely monitor the situation. This message will be updated at 8:00 on Wednesday 7 October 2020.


Flood Alert issued on 6 Oct 2020 07:31
River Ouzel
River levels are continuing to decline at the Clipstone Brook river gauge, but remain high in the lower River Ouzel as the peak moves downstream. Consequently, flooding of property and roads is possible. We expect flooding to affect the River Ouzel from Leighton Buzzard to Willen, including Clipstone Brook and Water Eaton Brook. Further light rainfall is forecast over the next couple of days, though we expect river levels to continue to decline during this time. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. We will continue to closely monitor the situation. This message will be updated by 16:00 on Tuesday 6 October 2020.


Flood Alert issued on 5 Oct 2020 16:28
River Ouzel
River levels continue to fall at the Clipstone Brook river gauge. However, river levels remain high in the lower River Ouzel as the peak moves downstream. Consequently, flooding of property and roads remains possible. Flooding may affect the River Ouzel from Leighton Buzzard to Willen, including Clipstone Brook and Water Eaton Brook. Further light rainfall is forecast over the next couple of days, though we expect river levels to continue to decline during this time. We will continue to closely monitor the situation. This message will be updated by 08:00 on Tuesday 6 October 2020.


Flood Alert issued on 5 Oct 2020 07:31
River Ouzel
River levels started to fall overnight and are continuing to decline at the Clipstone Brook river gauge after this weekend’s heavy rainfall. River levels remain high in the lower River Ouzel as the peak moves downstream. Consequently, flooding of property and roads is possible. We expect flooding to affect the River Ouzel from Leighton Buzzard to Willen, including Clipstone Brook and Water Eaton Brook. Further light rainfall is forecast over the next couple of days though we expect river levels to continue to decline during this time. We will continue to closely monitor the situation. This message will be updated by 16:00 on Monday 5 October 2020.


Flood Alert issued on 4 Oct 2020 19:58
River Ouzel
River levels will remain high at the Clipstone Brook river gauge overnight as a result of heavy rainfall over the weekend. Consequently, flooding of property and roads is possible. We expect flooding to affect the River Ouzel from Leighton Buzzard to Willen, including Clipstone Brook and Water Eaton Brook. Further light rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated at 8:00 on Monday 5 October 2020.


Flood Alert issued on 4 Oct 2020 14:01
River Ouzel
River levels have peaked at the Clipstone Brook river gauge, and are showing signs of falling. Flooding of property and roads remains possible. Flooding may affect the River Ouzel from Leighton Buzzard to Willen, including Clipstone Brook and Water Eaton Brook. Further light rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated by 20:00 on Sunday 4 October 2020.


Flood Alert issued on 4 Oct 2020 07:25
River Ouzel
River levels are rising at the Clipstone Brook river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall over the weekend. Consequently, flooding of property and roads is possible. We expect flooding to affect the River Ouzel from Leighton Buzzard to Willen, including Clipstone Brook and Water Eaton Brook. Further light rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated by 14:00 on Sunday 4 October 2020.


Flood Alert issued on 17 Jan 2020 16:24
River Ouzel
River levels remain high at the Clipstone Brook river gauge. We expect flooding to affect the River Ouzel from Leighton Buzzard to Willen, including Clipstone Brook and Water Eaton Brook. No significant rainfall is forecast. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 18/01/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 17 Jan 2020 08:58
River Ouzel
River levels are high but are beginning to fall at the Clipstone Brook river gauge. We expect flooding to affect River Ouzel from Leighton Buzzard to Willen, including Clipstone Brook and Water Eaton Brook. No significant rainfall is forecast. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated this afternoon, 17/01/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Jan 2020 17:49
River Ouzel
River levels are high but steady at the Clipstone Brook river gauge as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. We expect flooding to affect River Ouzel from Leighton Buzzard to Willen, including Clipstone Brook and Water Eaton Brook. Further heavy rainfall is forecast over the next 12 hours. We expect river levels to rise as a result of this. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 17/01/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Jan 2020 09:02
River Ouzel
River levels have fallen at the Clipstone Brook river gauge but remain high downstream towards Milton Keynes. The risk of flooding to low lying roads and land remains. We expect flooding to affect the River Ouzel from Leighton Buzzard to Willen, including Clipstone Brook and Water Eaton Brook. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours. We expect river levels to remain high over the next few days. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated this afternoon, 16/01/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Jan 2020 17:45
River Ouzel
River levels remain high after heavy rainfall but are beginning to fall at the Clipstone Brook river gauge. Consequently, the risk of flooding remains. We expect flooding to affect the River Ouzel from Leighton Buzzard to Willen, including Clipstone Brook and Water Eaton Brook. Further light rainfall is forecast over the next few days. We expect river levels to remain high over the next few days. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 16/01/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Jan 2020 07:22
River Ouzel
River levels have risen at the Clipstone Brook river gauge as a result of yesterday evening’s heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding is possible. No property flooding is expected. We expect flooding to affect River Ouzel from Leighton Buzzard to Willen, including Clipstone Brook and Water Eaton Brook Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. We are closely monitoring the situation. This message will be updated by 16:00 on Wednesday 15 January 2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 23 Dec 2019 09:35
River Ouzel
River levels remain high downstream of the Clipstone Brook river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland remains possible. Flooding may affect the River Ouzel from Leighton Buzzard to Willen, including Clipstone Brook and Water Eaton Brook. Further light rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours. Our incident response staff are monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated this afternoon, Monday 23 December, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 22 Dec 2019 16:58
River Ouzel
River levels remain high downstream of the Clipstone Brook river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland remains possible. Flooding may affect the River Ouzel from Leighton Buzzard to Willen, including Clipstone Brook and Water Eaton Brook. We expect river levels to remain high and will be closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, Monday 23 December, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 22 Dec 2019 07:57
River Ouzel
River levels are falling but remain high downstream of the Clipstone Brook river gauge as a result of recent rainfall. While levels remain high, flooding of property, roads and farmland remains possible. Flooding may affect the River Ouzel from Leighton Buzzard to Willen, including Clipstone Brook and Water Eaton Brook. Further light rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours. We expect river levels to continue falling through today. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated this afternoon, Sunday 22 December, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Dec 2019 21:57
River Ouzel
River levels remain high downstream of the Clipstone Brook river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. While levels remain high, flooding of property, roads and farmland remains possible. Flooding may affect the River Ouzel from Leighton Buzzard to Willen, including Clipstone Brook and Water Eaton Brook. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours. We expect river levels to remain high. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, Sunday 22 December, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Dec 2019 07:36
River Ouzel
River levels have risen as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of property, roads and farmland is possible today, 21/12/2019. Flooding may affect River Ouzel from Leighton Buzzard to Willen, including Clipstone Brook and Water Eaton Brook. Further light rainfall is forecast this morning. We expect river levels to remain high through today. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated in 8 hours, or as the situation changes.