Flood Alert Info - River Cale and tributaries

Area Description

Tributaries between Shalford and Southmarsh and the confluence with the River Stour.
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

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Historical Flood Alert Messages for this Area


Flood Alert issued on 28 Feb 2020 20:43
River Cale
River levels are forecast to rise at the Wincanton A303 river gauge as a result of the ground being saturated and reacting to further rainfall. Consequently, the risk of flooding remains. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for tributaries between Shalford and Southmarsh and the confluence with the River Stour Further heavy rainfall is forecast over the next 6 hours. 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 and refer to local authority website for local road closures. This message will be updated as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 26 Dec 2019 21:02
River Cale
River levels are forecast to rise at the Wincanton A303 river gauge overnight as a result of heavy rainfall. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for tributaries between Shalford and Southmarsh and the confluence with the River Stour. Further persistent rainfall is forecast over the next 12 hours. River levels can rise very quickly in response to heavy rainfall. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking defences. Please consider installing property flood resilience equipment. This message will be updated tomorrow, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 19 Dec 2019 16:09
River Cale
River levels have risen at the Wincanton A303 river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible from 16:00 today, 19/12/19. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for tributaries between Shalford and Southmarsh and the confluence with the River Stour. Some further rainfall is forecast overnight. We expect river levels to remain high for the coming days. We are closely monitoring the situation. This message will be updated tomorrow, 20/12/19, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 18 Dec 2019 12:28
River Cale
River levels are forecast to rise at the Wincanton A303 river gauge as a result of heavy overnight rainfall tonight. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible from 18:30 today, 18/12/19. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for tributaries between Shalford and Southmarsh and the confluence with the River Stour. Further heavy rainfall is forecast overnight. We expect river levels to remain high for the coming days. We are closely monitoring the situation. This message will be updated tomorrow, 19/12/19, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 22 Nov 2019 16:31
River Cale
River levels have risen at the Wincanton A303 river gauge as a result of persistent heavy rainfall on a saturated catchment. Consequently, flooding of roads, footpaths and farmland is expected from time of flood alert issue today. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for tributaries between Shalford and Southmarsh and the confluence with the River Stour River levels can rise very quickly in response to heavy rainfall. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking defences and clearing trash screens. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 23/11/2019, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 13 Oct 2019 10:24
River Cale
River levels have risen at the Wincanton A303 river gauge as a result of heavy overnight rainfall. Consequently, the risk of flooding remains. We believe there is a possibility of flooding of the river and the tributaries between Shalford and Southmarsh and the confluence with the River Stour. Flooding of properties is not forecast at this point. The weather remains unsettled over the next couple of days and further rainfall is forecast. We are closely monitoring the situation and expect river levels to remain high for the next few days. Our incident response staff are checking defences. Please stay aware in case further warnings are issued. This message will be updated tomorrow morning or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 5 Mar 2019 19:37
River Cale
Water levels in the River Cale and tributaries between Shalford and Southmarsh and the confluence with the River Stour are expected to rise overnight on Tuesday 05/03/2019 into Wednesday morning. Occasionally heavy and persistent rainfall is forecast over this area between 7:00 pm on 05/03/2019 and 6:00 am on 06/03/2019


Flood Alert issued on 3 Mar 2019 19:38
River Cale
Water levels in the River Cale and tributaries between Shalford and Southmarsh and the confluence with the River Stour are expected to rise overnight on Sunday 03/03/2019 in response to forecast persistent and occasionally heavy rainfall from midnight Sunday until approximately 6:00 a.m. Monday.


Flood Alert issued on 2 Apr 2018 15:11
River Cale
Water levels in the River Cale have receded around Wincanton, however low lying land and smaller roads around Nyland and Henstridge may well be flooded for some time.


Flood Alert issued on 1 Apr 2018 15:03
River Cale
Water levels in the River Cale and tributaries between Shalford and Southmarsh and the confluence with the River Stour are expected to rise. We are forecast heavy and persistent rain throughout the night and in to Monday morning. Rivers are likely to respond.


Flood Alert issued on 30 Mar 2018 17:29
River Cale
Water levels in the River Cale and tributaries between Shalford and Southmarsh and the confluence with the River Stour are rising and are forecast to exceed bankful conditions. We are expecting further rain throughout the evening and over night.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Jan 2018 16:05
River Cale
Persistent rain during Sunday has caused levels to rise, with a peak expected in Wincanton at about 10pm. drivers should take care as minor roads close to the river may well be flooded. More rainfall in the middle of the week will cause levels to rise rapidly as the ground is now saturated.


Flood Alert issued on 25 Dec 2017 23:24
River Cale
Water levels in the River Cale and tributaries between Shalford and Southmarsh and the confluence with the River Stour are expected to rise. The rainfall has generally passed out of the area, however river levels are expected to continue to respond.