Flood Alert Info - Lower Test

Area Description

River Test and tributaries from Romsey to Totton.
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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Flood Alert issued on 9 Mar 2020 11:48
River Test
Water levels in the River Test at Testwood and Romsey are high, but have fallen since the heavy rainfall recorded on Thursday last week (05/03/2020). Flooding will continue to affect land and fields from Timsbury to Romsey, and at Broadlands and Testwood over the next 1 to 2 weeks. Heavy rainfall is forecast today (Monday 09/03/2020) with up to 20mm expected. If this rain affects the river, then overnight and into tomorrow (Tuesday 10/03/2020), it will increase the depth of flooding in fields. Water levels will be high through Rivermead and in the Memorial Park flooding footpaths. We have protected property at Mainstone, Causeway and Riverside Gardens. Please avoid walking through flooded areas. This Flood Alert will be updated by 12:00 10/03/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 8 Mar 2020 11:12
River Test
Water levels in the River Test at Testwood and Romsey are high but falling slightly. Flooding will continue to affect land and fields from Timsbury to Romsey, and at Broadlands and Testwood over the next 1 to 2 weeks. This morning (08/03/2020), 6mm of rain was recorded at Romsey and up to 10mm is forecast for tomorrow (09/03/2020). Unsettled conditions are set to continue at least until Thursday (12/03/2020) with light rain and showers but no significant rainfall totals. River levels will continue to fall but the river remains highly responsive to rainfall. Please avoid flooded areas and the river, which will be deep and very fast flowing in some places. This Flood Alert will be updated by 12:00 on Tuesday 10/03/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 6 Mar 2020 10:15
River Test
Water levels in the River Test at Testwood and Romsey remain very high, but are now slowly falling. Flooding will continue to affect land and fields from Timsbury to Romsey, and at Broadlands and Testwood over the next 1 to 2 weeks. Today, at Rivermead, the river will be bank full and there could be some footpath flooding in the Memorial Park. Today and tomorrow (Saturday 07/03/2020) the weather will remain dry, and river levels will continue to fall. On Sunday (08/03/2020) and Monday (09/03/2020) further rain is forecast. A continuation of minor impact flooding is likely to continue well into next week. Please avoid flooded areas and the river, which will be deep and very fast flowing in some places. This Flood Alert will be updated by 12:00 on Sunday 08/03/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 5 Mar 2020 19:38
River Test
Water levels in the River Test at Testwood and Romsey remain high. In the last 24 hours, 18mm of rain was recorded at Romsey, significantly more than forecast yesterday. River levels will continue to increase slightly in response to this rainfall and will peak overnight. Flooding continues to affect land and fields from Timsbury to Romsey, and at Broadlands and Testwood. As flows increase, some road flooding on Stockbridge Rd (A3057) north of Timsbury Bridge may occur. Friday 6/3/20 is forecast to be dry, and conditions turn more unsettled from Sunday but only small rainfall totals (6-10mm) are currently forecast each day through to Monday. We continue to monitor the forecast. Please avoid walking through flooded areas. Please remain prepared for further impacts over the next 5 days, as river levels will rise and fall. Generally water levels will be much higher than normal and minor impact flooding will continue. This Flood Alert will be updated by 14:00 on Friday 06/03/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 5 Mar 2020 14:28
River Test
River levels in the River Test through Romsey and Testwood are responding to the heavy rainfall so far today, Thursday 05/03/20. Over the last 8 hours, 17mm of rain has fallen at Romsey, with the potential for a further 10mm by this evening. This is significantly more than forecast yesterday and river levels will be high over the next 24 hours. There will be flooding to land and fields from Timsbury to Romsey. Footpaths may be flooded at Rivermead Close and the Memorial Park, but property flooding is not expected. We have protected property at Mainstone, Causeway and Riverside Gardens. Over the next 5 days, relatively small amounts of rain are forecast. We continue to monitor rainfall and river levels. Please avoid walking through flooded areas. This Flood Alert will be updated by 20:00 on Thursday 05/03/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 3 Mar 2020 10:35
River Test
Water levels in the River Test at Testwood and Romsey remain high. Water continues to flood land and fields from Timsbury to Romsey, and at Broadlands and Testwood. Today (03/03/2020) and overnight will be mainly dry. The remainder of the week is unsettled. We continue to monitor the forecast. We have protected property at Mainstone, Causeway and Riverside Gardens. Please avoid walking through flooded areas. Please remain prepared for further impacts over the next few days, as river levels will rise and fall. Generally water levels will be much higher than normal and minor impact flooding will continue. This Flood Alert will be updated by 12:00 on Thursday 05/03/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 1 Mar 2020 09:57
River Test
Water levels in the River Test at Testwood and Romsey remain high. Water continues to flood land and fields from Timsbury to Romsey, and at Broadlands and Testwood. Today (01/03/2020) will be mainly dry. However, overnight into tomorrow (02/03/2020), 5-15mm of rainfall is forecast. The remainder of tomorrow (02/03/2020) and Tuesday (03/03/2020) are forecast to be fairly dry. Unsettled weather is set to return from the middle of the week. We continue to monitor the forecast. We have protected property at Mainstone, Causeway and Riverside Gardens. Please avoid walking through flooded areas. Please remain prepared for further impacts over the next 5 days, as river levels will rise and fall. Generally water levels will be much higher than normal and minor impact flooding will continue. This Flood Alert will be updated by 12:00 on Tuesday 03/03/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 28 Feb 2020 10:23
River Test
Water levels in the River Test at Testwood and Romsey remain high. Water continues to flood land and fields from Timsbury to Romsey, and at Broadlands and Testwood. During today (28/02/2020) and tomorrow (29/02/2020) further rainfall is forecast, and a total of 14 to 19mm is expected. Unsettled conditions are expected to continue into Sunday (01/03/2020). Monday (02/03/2020) and Tuesday (03/03/2020) are forecast to be drier. River levels will increase slightly in response to the rainfall over the next few days. We continue to monitor the forecast. Please avoid walking through flooded areas. Please remain prepared for further impacts over the next 5 days, as river levels will rise and fall. Generally water levels will be much higher than normal and minor impact flooding will continue. This Flood Alert will be updated by 12:00 on Sunday 01/03/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 27 Feb 2020 11:39
River Test
Water levels in the River Test at Testwood and Romsey remain high.12mm of rain was recorded at Romsey overnight. River levels will increase slightly in response to the overnight rainfall and will peak this afternoon. Water continues to flood land and fields from Timsbury to Romsey, and at Broadlands and Testwood. The remainder of the day and overnight is forecast to be dry. Tomorrow (28/02/2020) and Saturday (29/02/2020) further rainfall is forecast, a total of 16 to 25mm is expected. On Sunday (01/03/2020) and Monday (02/03/2020) it should be drier, but unsettled weather is set to return later next week. We continue to monitor the forecast. Please avoid walking through flooded areas. Please remain prepared for further impacts over the next 5 days, as river levels will rise and fall. Generally water levels will be much higher than normal and minor impact flooding will continue. This Flood Alert will be updated by 12:00 on Friday 28/02/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 25 Feb 2020 11:18
River Test
Water levels in the Lower Test at Romsey and Testwood are high. After yesterday’s rain, river levels increased slightly but are now continuing to fall. Water is still flooding land and fields from Timsbury to Romsey and at Broadlands and Testwood, but the situation has improved with the relatively dry weather over the last week. Today (25/02/2020), and tomorrow (26/02/2020) only small amounts of rain are forecast. This may allow the river to recover a little. From Thursday (27/02/2020) to Saturday (29/02/2020), 20 to 40mm of rain is forecast. If the maximum totals affect the river, then levels will be very high at the weekend. We continue to monitor the forecast. Please avoid walking through flooded areas. This Flood Alert will be updated by 12:00 on Thursday 27/02/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 24 Feb 2020 11:33
River Test
Water levels in the Lower Test at Romsey and Testwood are high but continue to fall. Water is still flooding land and fields from Timsbury to Romsey and at Broadlands and Testwood, but the situation has improved with the relatively dry weather over the weekend. Today (24/02/2020) up to 15mm of rain is forecast. This could see an increase in river levels, with minor flood impacts continuing. Tuesday (25/02/2020) and Wednesday (26/02/2020) should see fairly small amounts of rain. On Thursday (27/02/2020) and Friday (28/02/2020) heavier rain is forecast. If heavy rain affects the area, then more significant out of bank flooding will occur. We continue to monitor the forecast. Please avoid walking through flooded areas. This Flood Alert will be updated by 12:00 on Tuesday 25/02/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Feb 2020 11:03
River Test
Water levels in the Lower Test at Romsey and Testwood are high but continue to fall. Water is still flooding land and fields from Timsbury to Romsey and at Broadlands and Testwood, but the situation has improved with the relatively dry weather during this week. Today (21/02/2020) and tomorrow (22/02/2020) the forecast is fairly dry. From Saturday evening (22/02/2020) through to Tuesday (25/02/2020), 20mm of rain is forecast. This will see an increase in river levels and flood impacts are expected to continue. We have protected property at Mainstone, Causeway and Riverside Gardens. We continue to monitor the forecast. Please avoid walking through flooded areas. This Flood Alert will be updated by 12:00 on Monday 24/02/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 20 Feb 2020 09:50
River Test
Water levels in the Lower Test at Romsey and Testwood are high but continue to fall. Water is still flooding land and fields from Timsbury to Romsey and at Broadlands and Testwood, but the situation has improved with the relatively dry weather over the last 3 days. From today (20/02/2020) until Saturday (22/02/2020) very small amounts of rain are forecast. On Sunday (23/02/2020), up to 10mm of rain is forecast. Generally, over the next 5 days, river levels will rise and fall a little, but impacts should remain fairly stable. As some days will be relatively dry, the overall situation should begin to improve. We have protected property at Mainstone, Causeway and Riverside Gardens. We continue to monitor the forecast. Please avoid walking through flooded areas. This Flood Alert will be updated by 12:00 on 21/02/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 19 Feb 2020 09:40
River Test
Water levels in the Lower Test at Romsey and Testwood are high but continue to fall. Water is still flooding land and fields from Timsbury to Romsey and at Broadlands and Testwood, but the situation has improved with the relatively dry weather over the last 48 hours. Over the next 5 days, small amounts of rain are forecast each day. Given the current forecast totals, while levels in the river will rise and fall a little, the rain won’t alter current impacts. As some days will be relatively dry, overall the situation should begin to improve. We have protected property at Mainstone, Causeway and Riverside Gardens. We continue to monitor the forecast. Please avoid walking through flooded areas. This Flood Alert will be updated by 12:00 on 20/02/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 18 Feb 2020 11:32
River Test
Water levels in the Lower Test at Romsey and Testwood are high but are now slowly falling. There will be a significant amount of water flooding land and fields from Timsbury to Romsey and at Broadlands and Testwood over the next week. Footpath flooding will affect Rivermead Close and the Memorial Park. At Romsey Industrial estate, water will pond on land near to Greatbridge Road. Over the next 5 days, small amounts of rain are forecast each day, except on Friday (21/02/2020) which should remain dry. Throughout this week, water levels in the river will remain high, and will rise and fall a little with the rain. A continuation of minor impact flooding affecting land and roads is expected. We have protected property at Mainstone, Causeway and Riverside Gardens. We continue to monitor the forecast. Please avoid walking through flooded areas. This Flood Alert will be updated by 12:00 on 19/02/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 17 Feb 2020 15:05
River Test
Water levels in the Lower Test at Romsey and Testwood are high but are now slowly falling. At the weekend, almost a month’s rainfall (50mm) was recorded at Romsey. A Flood Warning is in force. Over the next 4 days, there will be a significant amount of water flooding land and fields from Timsbury to Romsey and at Broadlands and Testwood. Footpath flooding will affect Rivermead Close and the Memorial Park. At Romsey Industrial estate, water will pond on land near to Greatbridge Road. Further showers are expected today (17/02/2020) and through to Thursday (20/02/2020). At the very least, flood impacts are expected to continue until the weekend. We are actively managing sluices to balance water levels through Romsey and have deployed flood protection to vulnerable properties. Avoid walking through flood water and please remain prepared for continued flood impacts this week. This Flood Alert will be updated by 12:00 on 18/02/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 17 Feb 2020 11:50
River Test
Water levels in the Lower Test at Romsey and Testwood are high but are now slowly falling. At the weekend, almost a month’s rainfall (50mm) was recorded at Romsey. A Flood Warning is in force. Over the next 4 days, there will be a significant amount of water flooding land and fields from Timsbury to Romsey and at Broadlands and Testwood. Footpath flooding will affect Rivermead Close and the Memorial Park. At Romsey Industrial estate, water will pond on land near to Greatbridge Road. Further showers are expected today (17/02/2020) and through to Thursday (20/02/2020). At the very least, flood impacts are expected to continue until the weekend. We are actively managing sluices to balance water levels through Romsey and have deployed flood protection to vulnerable properties. Avoid walking through flood water and please remain prepared for continued flood impacts this week. This Flood Alert will be updated by 12:00 on 18/12/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Feb 2020 11:21
River Test
Water levels in the Lower Test at Romsey and Testwood are high and are slowly rising. In the last 24 hours 40mm rainfall has been recorded in Romsey. There will be a significant amount of water flooding land and fields from Timsbury to Romsey. Some footpath flooding may affect Rivermead Close and the Memorial Park. At Romsey Industrial estate, water may be ponded on land near to Greatbridge Road. Land at Broadlands and Testwood will also flood. Rainfall continues to affect the area until 15:00 this afternoon. Very high river levels and land flooding will continue for the next 3 to 5 days. To help protect property, our operational staff are deploying barriers at Budds Lane and Greatbridge, Riverside and Middlebridge. We are also managing sluices to balance water levels through Romsey. Please take appropriate action to ensure you can protect property. Avoid walking through flood water. This Flood Alert will be updated by 16:00 on 17/02/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Feb 2020 23:17
River Test
Water levels in the Lower Test at Romsey and Testwood are high and are slowly rising. In the last 24 hours, 25mm has been recorded in Romsey. There will be a significant amount of water flooding land and fields from Timsbury to Romsey. Some footpath flooding may affect Rivermead Close and the Memorial Park. At Romsey Industrial estate, water may be ponded on land near to Greatbridge Road. Land at Broadlands and Testwood will also flood. Further heavy rain (up to 35mm) is expected over the next 16 hours. Very high river levels and land flooding will continue for the next 3 to 5 days. We are actively managing sluices to balance water levels through Romsey. Avoid walking through flood water. This Flood Alert will be updated by 16:00 Sunday 16 February 2020.


Flood Alert issued on 17 Jan 2020 10:07
River Test
Water levels in the Lower Test at Romsey and Testwood remain high and are slowly rising. In the last 24 hours 17mm has been recorded in Romsey. Today, we expect impacts to be very similar to those observed on Wednesday (15/01/2020). There will be a significant amount of water to the north of Romsey, which is flooding land and fields. Water in the river channels will remain high, with some footpath flooding affecting Rivermead and the Memorial Park. Land at Broadlands and Testwood will also remain flooded. Today, further showers will affect Hampshire. It is unlikely that these will cause a significant rise in water level. From tomorrow (18/01/2020) the weather remains dry for 5 days, and will give the river a good chance to recover. This Flood Alert message will then be removed. We are managing sluices to balance water levels through Romsey. Avoid walking through flood water. This Flood Alert will be updated by 12:00 on 18/01/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Jan 2020 11:11
River Test
Water levels in the Lower Test at Romsey and Testwood remain high following heavy rainfall yesterday. Overnight, water levels have reduced, and the out of bank impacts affecting footpaths, land and fields has improved in the town. However, upstream of Romsey, a large amount of land remains flooded. Today (16/01/2020), the forecast rainfall totals have increased, with up to 30mm expected. This is a large volume of rain and should that affect the river, then levels will rise quickly, and would be higher than they were yesterday. This should not flood property, but it would cause out of bank flooding around the Memorial Park, Rivermead Close, Romsey Industrial Estate and at Testwood. We are managing sluices to balance water levels through Romsey. Over the next 24 hours, please remain prepared for further minor impact flooding. Please report any blockages to our incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60. This Flood Alert will be updated at 12:00 on 17/01/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Jan 2020 15:37
River Test
Upstream of Romsey, levels in the River Test are high and continue to rise, albeit slowly. Levels are also high in all channels through Romsey. Prolonged rainfall has affected the area over the last 3 months, and 25mm of rain has been recorded in the last 24 hours at Romsey. Currently, there is significant out of bank flooding affecting low lying land throughout the Test Valley. Upstream of Romsey the river is now bankfull. On Thursday 16/1/2020 and Friday, between 9 and 14mm of rain is forecast, and then dry weather is forecast for the following few days. This rainfall on Thursday and Friday will keep river levels high over the next few days and water levels in all channels through Romsey and Testwood will remain high. We are managing sluices to balance water levels through Romsey. We continue to monitor the river levels. Any blockages in the river should be reported to our incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60. This Flood Alert will be updated at 12:00 on 16/1/2020