Flood Alert Info - Western Rother

Area Description

The Western Rother from Liss to Hardham.
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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Historical Flood Alert Messages for this Area


Flood Alert issued on 10 Mar 2020 08:49
Western Rother
Less than 10mm of rain was measured last night. River levels have peaked and are falling between Liss and Midhurst with minimal impacts. River levels at Lodsbridge, near Selham, and Fittleworth are still rising, however they seem to be beginning to slow in their rise. Flooding of property seems unlikely, but minor flood impacts affecting fields, some gardens and roads between Lodsbridge (near Selham) and Fittleworth could still be possible. Fine drizzle Tuesday evening (10/3/2020) could accumulate to another 5mm by Wednesday morning, but river levels should not respond greatly. There are currently no large amounts of rain forecast for the rest of the working week. From Wednesday, river levels should be able to slowly fall until the weekend. Please keep flood protection products installed as a precaution, if you have them, and plan to avoid driving through roads prone to flooding. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 12:00 11/3/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 9 Mar 2020 17:58
Western Rother
River levels between Liss and Selham are near normal. River levels are still higher than normal in Fittleworth, because of the heavy rain last week. Rainfall totals for this evening and into Tuesday morning 10/3/2020 are predicted to be 10-20mm, which will cause river levels to rise along the Western Rother. Only minimal impacts are expected between Liss and Midhurst, but if we receive the higher totals, minor flood impacts could affect fields, some gardens and roads between Lodsbridge (near Selham) and the Fittleworth area from 12:00 10/3/2020. The weather will remain unsettled for the rest of the week, but in general there should be less rain. The river should be able to fall towards normal levels by Wednesday 11/3/2020. Please install flood protection products now, if you have them, as a precaution. And plan to avoid driving through roads prone to flooding. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 12:00 10/3/2020


Flood Alert issued on 8 Mar 2020 09:00
Western Rother
River levels in Fittleworth are still higher than normal. Rain Sunday morning was less than predicted and the few showers Sunday 08/03/2020 will only cause river levels to rise between Liss, Sheet, Iping, Midhurst and Selham by a minimal amount. Flood impacts affecting fields, gardens and roads in the Fittleworth area should reduce during Sunday. Further widespread rain Monday evening (09/03/2020) is expected to cause river levels to rise higher, from 22:00 Monday 09/03/2020, but still only by a relatively small amount. There may be further periods of rain Tuesday to Thursday 12/03/2020, but none are currently predicted to bring as much rain as Monday. Flood risk may reduce later in the week. Please plan to avoid driving along routes prone to flooding. We will continue to monitor river levels and forecasts. We will update this message by 21:00 09/03/2020


Flood Alert issued on 7 Mar 2020 09:43
Western Rother
River levels between Liss and Midhurst have already returned to near normal levels following Thursday's rain. River levels in Lodsbridge (near Selham) and Coultershaw Bridge are higher than normal, but falling. River levels in Fittleworth are also falling, but are still very high. Saturday 07/03/2020 is forecast to be dry, but river levels in Fittleworth will not fall very far, flood impacts will continue to affect fields, gardens and roads here, potentially until midweek. The amount of rain forecast early Sunday morning has decreased. River levels are still predicted to rise all along the Western Rother, from 09:00 08/03/2020. But only by a minimal amount. We think flooding will only be possible in Fittleworth. River levels are expected to rise higher, following Monday's rain, but not by much. Please plan to avoid driving along routes prone to flooding. We will continue to monitor river levels and forecasts. We will update this message by 12:00 08/3/2020


Flood Alert issued on 6 Mar 2020 09:50
Western Rother
River levels through Liss and Sheet have already returned to near normal levels following Thursday's rain. River levels in Iping, Stedham and Midhurst are still higher than normal, but are falling. River levels between Lodsbridge (near Selham) and Coultershaw Bridge are very high but are now beginning to slowly fall. River levels in Fittleworth may rise very slowly until 18:00 Friday 6/3/2020 before beginning to fall. Friday and Saturday 7/3/2020 are forecast to be dry. But minor flood impacts will continue to affect properties between Selham and Fittleworth. More rain is predicted Sunday morning and Monday afternoon 9/3/2020. The risk of flooding will increase again, with river levels possibly similar to today. Please keep flood protection products installed, if you have them, and plan to avoid driving through roads prone to flooding. We will continue to monitor river levels and forecasts. We will update this message by 12:00 7/3/2020


Flood Alert issued on 5 Mar 2020 14:45
Western Rother
The Western Rother is rising steadily in response to 20mm of rainfall this morning. A further 10mm of rain is forecast before the end of the day. River levels are predicted to continue to rise and property flooding is possible between Lodsbridge near Selham, and Fittleworth, from 05:00 06/03/2020. Water will affect fields, gardens and rural roads along the Western Rother. River levels in Liss are already slowing, but minor impacts could affect mills through Sheet from 16:00, and gardens in Iping from 21:00 05/03/2020. Thursday evening and Friday will be relatively dry, so river levels should begin to fall from 08:00 06/03/2020 upstream of Midhurst, but not until Saturday nearer Fittleworth. Further rain is forecast into next week and so levels may rise again. Please install flood protection products now, if you have them and plan to avoid driving through roads prone to flooding. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 12:00 06/03/2020


Flood Alert issued on 1 Mar 2020 09:57
Western Rother
River levels between Liss and Midhurst are already normal. River levels between Lodsbridge near Selham, and Fittleworth remain very high. At Lodsbridge river levels are falling, and should begin to fall in Fittleworth by Sunday afternoon. The River’s fall will be slow. Flood water will continue to affect fields, rural roads, gardens and close to isolated properties for much of Sunday 1/3/2020, despite the predominantly dry weather. Overnight and into Monday morning, a further 5-10mm of rain is possible, which could cause river levels to rise again. Potentially all along the Western Rother, but with water more likely to approach properties between Selham and Fittleworth (Monday afternoon 2/3/2020). Please remain prepared for rivers to rise Monday 2/3/2020. Keep flood protection products installed, if you have them and plan to avoid driving through roads prone to flooding. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 11:00 2/3/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 29 Feb 2020 15:52
Western Rother
Following the rain Friday and on Saturday morning, the Western Rother through Lodsbridge near Selham, Coultershaw Bridge and Fittleworth is already high, and forecast to continue rising until Sunday 1/3/2020. From 22:00 Saturday 29/2/2020, flood water will be very close to isolated mill properties between Selham and Fittleworth. Flood water will also affect fields, rural roads and gardens. River levels are already falling in Liss, Sheet, Iping, Stedham and Midhurst, any flood impacts in these locations will reduce. Isolated showers over the weekend should not increase or prolong flood impacts. River levels at Fittleworth should begin to fall by 13:00 1/3/2020. However, further heavy rain could be possible next week, which may cause river levels to rise again. Please install flood protection products now, if you have them, and plan to avoid driving through roads prone to flooding. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 12:00 1/3/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 19 Feb 2020 08:35
Western Rother
River levels are already near normal through Liss, Sheet, Iping and Midhurst, following widespread heavy rain at the weekend, associated with Storm Dennis. River levels through Lodsbrisge near Selham, Coultershaw Bridge and Fittleworth have fallen from their peak and continue to slowly lower, but remain higher than normal. Minor flood impacts will continue, with water affecting fields, gardens and rural roads. Periods of rainfall are expected Wednesday and Thursday 20/2/2020. Relatively small amounts in comparison to Storm Dennis (10mm compared to 50mm), but may still be enough to cause river levels to rise slightly and extend the duration of minor flood impacts, at Fittleworth, until the weekend. Please continue to keep flood protection products installed, if you have them. We will continue to monitor river levels and forecasts. We will update this message by 11:00 20/02/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 18 Feb 2020 08:51
Western Rother
River levels are higher than normal on the Western Rother, but are falling steadily after Storm Dennis' widespread heavy rain. Between Lodsbridge (near Selham) and Fittleworth flood water will continue to affect fields, gardens and roads until at least Wednesday 19/2/2020. Between Liss and Midhurst river levels are already near normal. Please continue to take care in and around flood affected areas, flood water can contain hidden dangers. A small amount of rain is predicted Tuesday and Wednesday, which shouldn’t affect river levels significantly. But rain on Thursday 20/2/2020, may cause river levels to rise again, by a small amount and extend the duration of minor flood impacts, potentially until the weekend. Please keep flood protection products installed, if you have them. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 11:00 19/2/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 17 Feb 2020 10:14
Western Rother
River levels are still high on the Western Rother, but now beginning to fall, after Storm Dennis' widespread heavy rain. Flood impacts will continue to affect fields, gardens, roads and isolated properties. Including areas around South Ambersham and Shopham Bridge as well as mill properties at Lodsbridge (Selham), Rotherbridge Lane and Coultershaw Bridge. Please continue to take care in and around flood affected areas, flood water can contain hidden dangers. Rain has now cleared, and only isolated showers are expected until Thursday 20/2/2020. These showers are unlikely to cause river levels to rise significantly, if at all. River levels may not return to normal until Monday evening 17/2/2020 in Iping Mill and Tuesday afternoon 18/2/2020 in Lodsbridge. Please operate private water control structures to reduce the risk of flooding. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 11:00 18/2/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Feb 2020 19:36
Western Rother
Storm Dennis has brought 56mm of rain so far, with a further 1 to 2 mm possible by 06:00 17/02/2020. River levels are rising and flooding is possible. Flood Warnings have been issued for Lodsbridge, Liss and Fittleworth and property flooding is expected at those locations. This could include: Station Road, Liss. Mill Lane, Sheet. Iping, Stedham. Lodsbridge, Coultershaw Bridge. Fittleworth. Rain will ease Sunday evening with only isolated showers through to midweek, river levels should begin to fall by Monday evening 17/2/2020. Please install flood protection products now, if you have them. And plan to avoid driving through roads prone to flooding. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 12:00 17/2/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Feb 2020 15:33
Western Rother
Storm Dennis is forecast to bring widespread, persistent and heavy rainfall Saturday and Sunday 16/2/2020. It is difficult to accurately predict so far ahead, but if the heaviest rain occurs, flooding is possible on Sunday (16/02/2020) from 04:00 in Liss, 08:00 in Iping and 15:00 at Lodsbridge and Fittleworth. Flood impacts will include fields, gardens and roads. Property flooding is possible, particularly between Lodsbridge and Fittleworth. Locations could include: Station Road, Liss; Mill Lane, Sheet; Iping, Stedham, Lodsbridge, Coultershaw Bridge and Fittleworth. Rain will ease Sunday afternoon. With only isolated showers through to midweek, river levels should begin to fall by Monday evening 17/2/2020, earlier between Liss and Iping. Please install flood protection products now, if you have them, and plan to avoid driving through roads prone to flooding. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 20:00 16/2/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 14 Feb 2020 12:16
Western Rother
River levels are still slowly rising in Fittleworth. River levels are high, but now falling in Lodsbridge near Selham, and Coultershaw Bridge. Flood impacts will continue to affect fields, roads, gardens and be close to isolated buildings. River levels are already near normal in Liss, Sheet, Iping and Midhurst. A small amount of light rain is probable this evening (14/2/2020), but between Lodsbridge and Fittleworth, river levels should slowly fall during today and Saturday morning (15/2/2020). Storm Dennis will bring widespread, persistent and heavy rain on Saturday afternoon and Sunday. Widespread flooding along the Western Rother is possible on Sunday 16/02/2020, and properties could be affected. Please keep flood protection products installed in Lodsbridge and Fittleworth, if you have them. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. This message will be updated by 19:00 on 15/02/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 13 Feb 2020 18:15
Western Rother
River levels are still slowly rising through Lodsbridge near Selham, Coultershaw Bridge and Fittleworth, following 30 mm of rain today (13/02/2020). Flood impacts will continue to affect fields, roads, gardens and be close to isolated buildings. River levels may rise by an additional 50cm before peaking. River levels should begin to fall by 07:00 14/2/2020 in Lodsbridge and 16:00 14/2/2020 in Fittleworth. Property flooding is not expected in Liss, Sheet, Iping and Midhurst, where river levels will now slowly fall until Saturday evening. There is only a small amount of rain Friday and Saturday morning, which will not cause flooding. But Storm Dennis may cause widespread flooding to affect properties Sunday 16/02/2020. Please keep flood protection products installed, if you have them in Lodsbridge and Fittleworth. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. This message will be updated by 14:00 14/02/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 13 Feb 2020 08:41
Western Rother
River levels are rising steadily on the Western Rother following 20 mm of rain this morning (13/02/2020). From 14:30 13/02/2019, flooding is possible between Lodsbridge near Selham and Fittleworth. Impacts will affect fields, roads, gardens and approach isolated buildings. River levels in Liss and Sheet are already slowing. In Iping and Midhurst river levels will continue to rise until 17:00. But in all communities above Midhurst, flooding of property is not expected, with water only predicted to affect gardens and rural roads. With only showers forecast Thursday and Friday 140/2/2020, river levels should begin to fall in Lodsbridge by early Friday morning 14/02/2020 and a few hours later in Fittleworth. Rain from Storm Dennis may cause flooding to affect more properties Sunday 16/02/2020. Please take early actions to reduce potential impacts in Lodsbridge and Fittleworth. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. This message will be updated by 20:00 13/02/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 10 Feb 2020 20:26
Western Rother
The Western Rother through Lodsbridge and Fittleworth is still higher than normal, following Storm Ciara’s rain. Minor flood impacts will continue until Tuesday 11/2/2020, affecting fields, rural roads and gardens, and will be near to isolated buildings at Lodsbridge, Coultershaw Bridge and Fittleworth. River levels in Fittleworth are still rising very slowly, but should begin to fall by 10:00 11/2/2020. River levels through Lodsbridge and Coultershaw Bridge are now falling. River levels in Liss, Sheet, Iping and Midhurst have already returned to normal. Showers Monday night and Tuesday 11/2/2020 should not cause river levels to rise significantly, if at all. However, widespread heavy rain could return Thursday 13/2/2020, which has the potential to cause another period of minor flooding. Please take early actions to reduce potential impacts in Lodsbridge and Fittleworth. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. This message will be updated by 12:00 11/2/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 10 Feb 2020 09:20
Western Rother
River levels through Liss and Sheet have already returned to normal. River levels through Iping and Midhurst have peaked and are slowly falling. River levels in Lodsbridge near Selham and Fittleworth are still slowly rising, but are not expected to rise more than an additional 30cm. River levels should begin to fall by 15:00 10/2/2020 in Lodsbridge, but not until Tuesday morning 11/2/2020 in Fittleworth. Minor flood impacts will continue to affect fields, rural roads, gardens and isolated buildings between Lodsbridge and Fittleworth, including Coultershaw Bridge, until Tuesday 11/2/2020. Showers Monday and Tuesday 11/2/2020 are not expected to cause river levels to rise significantly. However, widespread, heavy rain is predicted Thursday 13/2/2020 which will likely see a return of flood risk. Please keep flood protection products installed, if you have them. We'll continue to monitor levels and forecasts. This message will be updated by 21:00 10/02/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 9 Feb 2020 22:44
Western Rother
Water levels in the Western Rother are rising steadily following 30 mm of persistent rain brought with Storm Ciara, Sunday 09/02/2020. This is a significant amount, approximately half a month's rainfall. From 23:30 09/02/2020 flooding is possible and could affect fields, rural roads, gardens and isolated properties at Lodsbridge near Selham, Coultershaw Bridge. From 04:00 10/2/2020 isolated mill buildings in Fittleworth could become affected. Flooding of property is not expected in Liss, Sheet or Iping. Further showers are possible until Wednesday 12/02/2020 which could keep river levels high. But the river should initially peak by 10:00 Monday 10/2/2020 in Lodsbridge and by 22:00 10/2/2020 in Fittleworth. Returning to nearer normal by Tuesday evening 11/2/2020. Please take early actions to reduce potential impacts in Lodsbridge and Fittleworth. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. This message will be updated by 13:00 10/2/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Jan 2020 12:14
Western Rother
River levels between Lodsbridge and Fittleworth are still high, but are currently slowly falling. River levels between Liss and Midhurst are near normal. Further rain is forecast Thursday afternoon, through to the early hours of Friday 17/1/2020. If the heaviest rain appears, flood impacts could be possible Friday 17/1/2020. From 01:00 in Liss, 05:00 in Iping, 10:00 in Lodsbridge and 15:00 in Fittleworth. Flooding could affect fields, rural roads, gardens and isolated mill buildings. Currently thought more likely between Lodsbridge and Fittleworth, but could potentially affect upstream locations too. Only isolated showers Friday and a dry weekend should allow rivers to begin to fall (in all locations but Fittleworth) by Friday evening. Please install flood protection products this evening in Lodsbridge and Fittleworth as a precaution. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. This message will be updated by 13:00 17/1/2020


Flood Alert issued on 15 Jan 2020 20:25
Western Rother
The Western Rother is still high between Lodsbridge and Fittleworth, where minor flooding impacts are expected to continue, including at Coultershaw Bridge. Flooding is expected to affect fields, rural roads, gardens and isolated mill buildings. River levels have now peaked at Lodsbridge, and will begin to slowly fall overnight. River levels at Fittleworth should begin to fall by 02:00 16/1/2020 and will not rise by more than a few centimetres before then. River levels in Liss, Sheet, Iping, Stedham and Midhurst are already falling and will be nearer normal by breakfast Thursday 16/1/2020. Further rain is possible Thursday afternoon 16/1/2020 and showers Friday. Flood risk will remain until the weekend, but impacts should not be significantly worse than experienced Wednesday 15/1/2020. Please keep flood protection products installed in Lodsbridge and Fittleworth. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. This message will be updated by 15:00 16/1/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Jan 2020 11:00
Western Rother
The predicted intense rain early Wednesday morning did not occur. But we've still measured 30mm of rain in the last 24 hours, which is a lot in a wet winter. The Western Rother is still rising between Lodsbridge and Fittleworth, and flooding impacts are expected to continue here, including at Coultershaw Bridge. Flooding is expected to affect fields, rural roads, gardens and isolated mill buildings. Flooding impacts are now not expected in Liss, Sheet, Iping or Stedham. River levels should begin to fall by 11:00 in Liss, 15:00 in Iping, but not until this evening (22:00 15/1/2020) in Lodsbridge and Thursday in Fittleworth. Further rain is possible Thursday afternoon 16/1/2020 and showers Friday, which will keep water levels high until the weekend, but shouldn't increase levels or impacts significantly. Please keep flood protection products installed in Lodsbridge and Fittleworth. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. This message will be updated by 22:00 15/1/2020


Flood Alert issued on 14 Jan 2020 19:28
Western Rother
The Western Rother has risen steadily after 10 mm of rain Monday and again today 14/1/2020. An additional 25mm of rain is possible before mid morning Wednesday 15/1/2020. Flooding is expected to affect fields, rural roads, gardens and isolated mill buildings from 09:00 15/1/2020 in Lodsbridge and Coultershaw Bridge near Selham and 13:00 in Fittleworth. River levels will be high in Station Road, Liss and Mill Lane, Sheet from 02:00 15/1/2020 and gardens in Iping and Stedham from 05:00 15/1/2020. Potentially also affecting properties in these locations, but is dependent on an uncertain heavier band of rain Wednesday morning. In many locations the river will not begin to fall until Thursday. Further rain is possible Thursday (16/1/2020) and Friday, keeping water levels high until the weekend. Early actions to reduce potential impacts at Lodsbridge and Fittleworth are encouraged. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. This message will be updated by 13:00 15/1/2020


Flood Alert issued on 23 Dec 2019 10:36
Western Rother
River levels in Lodsbridge, Coultershaw Bridge and Fittleworth remain high, but are falling. Flood impacts will reduce and improve by Tuesday, but will continue to affect fields, rural roads, gardens and isolated often Mill properties in these locations until then. River levels on the Western Rother between Liss, Sheet, Iping and Stedham are already near normal. Monday will remain dry. Light rain Tuesday morning will be followed by the chance of heavy showers Tuesday afternoon 24/12/2019. River levels will only rise significantly if the heaviest of showers falls near the Western Rother. Further rain is forecast for Boxing day, which could again see river levels rise. At the moment, we do not believe river levels will rise higher than they have been over the past week. Please keep flood protection products in place between Lodsbridge and Fittleworth. We will continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 14:00 24/12/2019.


Flood Alert issued on 22 Dec 2019 13:30
Western Rother
River levels in Midhurst, Lodsbridge, Coultershaw Bridge and Fittleworth remain very high, but are now falling. Flood impacts will remain until Tuesday, affecting fields, rural roads, gardens and isolated Mill properties in these locations. River levels on the Western Rother between Liss, Sheet, Iping and Stedham have already fallen to near normal. Sunday and Monday will remain dry, allowing river levels to fall further. Heavy rain could fall Tuesday 24/12/2019 which may increase risk of flooding. Please keep flood protection products in place. We will continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 14:00 23/12/2019.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Dec 2019 13:29
Western Rother
River levels on the Western Rother have fallen from their peaks, but remain high between Lodsbridge and Fittleworth due to further rainfall on Saturday (21/12/2019). Flood impacts could remain until Tuesday 24/12/2019. Locations affected will include fields, rural roads, gardens and Mill properties in Lodsbridge, Coultershaw Bridge and Fittleworth. Widespread rain is forecast between 17:00 Saturday 21/12/2019 and 08:00 Sunday 22/12/2019. The river is likely to rise in all locations Saturday afternoon and evening, potentially to similar levels or higher than seen Friday (20/12/2019). This may cause flood impacts in Station Road, Liss, Mill Lane, Old Mill Lane, Sheet, Iping and Midhurst from 23:00 21/12/2019. River levels may not reach their peak in Lodsbridge until Monday. More heavy rain could fall Tuesday as well (24/12/2019). Please keep flood protection products in place. We will continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 14:00 22/12/2019.


Flood Alert issued on 20 Dec 2019 13:12
Western Rother
Following nearly a month’s rainfall over the past week, and 20mm Thursday night, river levels are high on the Western Rother. Flooding will continue until approximately 14:00 on 21/12/2019, but river levels in Liss, Sheet, Iping and Midhurst should return to more normal levels sooner. Locations affected will include fields, rural roads and gardens near Station Road in Liss and Mill Lane in Sheet, with flooding very close, if not within, properties in Lodsbridge, Coultershaw Bridge and Fittleworth. The odd isolated shower is possible during Friday and Saturday morning, with widespread rain predicted between 15:00 and 21:00 Saturday afternoon (21/12/2019). Saturday’s rain could cause river levels to rise again and possibly higher. Please keep flood protection products in place. We will continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 14:00 21/12/2019.


Flood Alert issued on 19 Dec 2019 20:35
Western Rother
River levels are high but steady at most places on the Western Rother. However, they are very high at Lodsbridge and Fittleworth. We are expecting heavy rain between 01:00 and 07:00 Friday morning (20/12/2019). This could be a similar amount to Wednesday night’s rain, which will cause river levels to rise even higher. From 04:30 20/12/2019 flooding could affect fields, rural roads, gardens and potentially properties on Station Road, Liss and Mill Lane, Sheet. From 09:30, gardens and rural roads in Iping will be affected, with water approaching properties. From 12:00 20/12/2019 properties in Lodsbridge, Coultershaw Bridge and Fittleworth could flood. The river should peak by 07:00 21/12/2019 through Lodsbridge, earlier in Liss, but rain Friday night and Saturday afternoon could cause river levels to rise again. Please take precautionary action to reduce impacts of flooding. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 14:00 20/12/2019.


Flood Alert issued on 19 Dec 2019 10:57
Western Rother
The Western Rother has now peaked through Liss and Sheet, following 30mm of rain on Wednesday night. River levels in Iping and Midhurst should initially peak by 12:00 19/12/2019, with only minimal impacts affecting fields, gardens and rural roads. River levels in Lodsbridge and Coultershaw Bridge will peak around 19:00 today and Friday morning (20/12/2019) in Fittleworth. Water is likely to end up close to Mill properties in these locations, and also affect rural roads and large areas of low lying land. However, further spells of heavy rain are forecast for Thursday afternoon and evening. Rises in river levels should be expected late Thursday afternoon into Friday 20/12/2019, and potentially over the weekend too. Flooding to properties could be possible. Please take precautionary action to reduce impacts of flooding. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 22:00 19/12/2019.


Flood Alert issued on 18 Dec 2019 20:01
Western Rother
The Western Rother is forecast to rise in response to a predicted 30mm of rain tonight. Similar or potentially higher river levels than last Thursday (12/12/2019) could be seen. Flooding is possible from 02:00 in Liss, 06:00 in Iping and 11:00 in Lodsbridge and Fittleworth (all 19/12/2019). Impacts are expected to affect fields, rural roads and gardens and get close to properties in all communities. Including in Liss (Station Road, Adlers Ash Road) and Sheet (Mill Lane), gardens in Iping, Mill buildings in Lodsbridge near Selham and properties at Coultershaw Bridge. The river should initially peak by 10:00 through Liss, later elsewhere, but further periods of rain are forecast until the weekend which could cause river levels to rise again. Please take precautionary action to reduce impacts of flooding. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 12:00 19/12/2019.


Flood Alert issued on 18 Dec 2019 11:48
Western Rother
River levels are still high in Fittleworth and above normal at Lodsbridge. Minor flood impacts affecting fields, gardens and rural roads will continue at Lodsbridge and Fittleworth through Wednesday 18/12/2019. It should stay dry until 18:00 Wednesday 18/12/2019 which will allow river levels to fall further, but not return to normal. Levels through Liss, Sheet, Iping and Midhurst are already normal. Persistent and heavy rain is forecast for Wednesday night, with more periods of heavy rain Thursday, Friday and Saturday. River levels are expected to rise during the early hours of Thursday, initially peaking between Thursday morning (Liss) and Thursday afternoon for locations nearer Fittleworth. River levels will rise again or potentially higher in the period to the weekend. Please take precautionary action to reduce impacts of flooding. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will share an update on the forecast when we update this message by 21:00 18/12/2019.


Flood Alert issued on 17 Dec 2019 17:35
Western Rother
With less rain falling than expected Monday night on the Western Rother, river levels have now peaked in all communities. River levels have returned to normal through Liss, Sheet, Iping and Midhurst and are high but falling in Lodsbridge near Selham and Fittleworth. Tuesday night and Wednesday should stay mostly dry, which will allow river levels in Lodsbridge and Fittleworth to fall further, but not completely. Minor flood impacts affecting fields, gardens and rural roads will continue in Lodsbridge and Fittleworth through Wednesday 18/12/2019. But heavy rain will return Wednesday night, Thursday and Friday. Further flooding should be expected Thursday and potentially until the weekend in all communities on the Western Rother. Possibly with higher water levels and more extensive flooding. Please take precautionary action to reduce impacts of flooding. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. This message will be updated by 12:00 18/12/2019.


Flood Alert issued on 17 Dec 2019 08:38
Western Rother
In the end, rain stayed further east on Monday night, with only 5mm measured on the Western Rother. River levels are now not expected to rise significantly through Tuesday 17/12/2019, and should start to fall by Tuesday evening. Water is still likely to be in fields and approaching gardens towards Fittleworth and Lodsbridge, and may not lower much over the next 24 hours. The river through Liss, Sheet, Iping and Midhurst should remain steady and without flood impacts. Any rain should clear from 08:00 17/12/2019, leaving a mostly dry day, but heavy rain will return Wednesday night, Thursday and Friday. Given the weather outlook, further flooding should be expected later in the week. Most likely with higher water levels and more extensive flooding. Please take precautionary action to reduce impacts of flooding. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. This message will be updated by 20:00 17/12/2019.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Dec 2019 21:45
Western Rother
Rain tonight is now forecast to affect a larger part of West Sussex than previously thought. While rain is due to clear by 09:00 Tuesday 17/12/2019, we could see 15mm in the next 12 hours, which would be enough to cause minor flood impacts between Midhurst and Fittleworth. If the rain occurs, from 07:00 17/12/2019 flooding could affect fields, gardens and rural roads, including at Lodsbridge near Selham, Coultershaw Bridge and Fittleworth. Impacts should remain minimal through Liss, Sheet and Iping. Tuesday should be mostly dry, but further heavy rain is forecast for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The river will initially peak by 19:00 17/12/2019. Given the weather outlook, it is likely the risk of flooding will remain until the weekend. Please take precautionary action to reduce impacts of flooding. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. This message will be updated by 11:00 17/12/2019.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Dec 2019 09:51
Western Rother
River levels between Midhurst and Fittleworth are expected to rise a little during Monday, following Sunday evening’s rain. Showers are expected during Monday (16/12/2019), followed by more persistent rain Monday evening. The persistent rain is predicted to stay to the East of Fittleworth, and therefore we believe the overall trend in water levels should be downward until Wednesday 18/12/2019. Wednesday evening, Thursday and Friday this week are forecast to be wet days, which is likely to see the Western Rother rise again, probably to heights recorded last week. We will keep this message in force in case tonight’s rain is further westward than expected. We shall re-issue this message if water levels are expected to rise significantly higher. This message will likely remain in force all week. Please remain prepared for the risk of flooding over the next few days. This message will be updated by 11:00 on 17/12/2019.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Dec 2019 10:20
Western Rother
River levels in Fittleworth are still high, but are falling and should continue lowering very slowly through Sunday (15/12/2019). Last night’s rain will cause a small rise in water levels at Lodsbridge and Coultershaw Bridge during Sunday, but should not rise as high as they have been in recent days. In Liss, Sheet, Iping and Midhurst river levels rose a small amount last night, but are now falling and should return to normal by Sunday afternoon. Persistent rain is forecast for Monday evening (16/12/2019) which could generate flood impacts potentially similar to those seen last week, but the forecast could yet change. Thursday next week (19/12/2019) is also looking wet. Please remain prepared for the risk of flooding over the next few days. It is highly likely we will re-issue this message Monday evening. This message will be updated by 11:00 on 16/12/2019.


Flood Alert issued on 14 Dec 2019 10:09
Western Rother
River levels on the Western Rother are still high, but falling in Lodsbridge, Coultershaw Bridge and Fittleworth. Levels have returned to normal in Liss, Sheet, Iping and Midhurst. Flood water affecting fields, rural roads and gardens should be expected to continue at Lodsbridge, Coultershaw Bridge and Fittleworth until Sunday 15/12/2019. A few showers are possible Saturday and Sunday, heaviest Saturday evening. We’re not expecting another significant response from the river, however, should rain fall near the Western Rother, small rises in water level could occur between Liss and Midhurst, and a potential slowing of the fall between Lodsbridge and Fittleworth. Please continue to help reduce the impact of flooding in your communities while the river remains high. We’ll continue to monitor the levels and forecasts. This message will be updated by 11:00 on 15/12/2019.


Flood Alert issued on 13 Dec 2019 18:05
Western Rother
River levels are still slowly rising in Fittleworth and we expect they will rise by a further few centimetres before peaking just after 01:00 14/12/2019. River levels are now falling at Lodsbridge and Coultershaw Bridge, but are still high and will not have fallen significantly until Saturday evening 14/12/2019. River levels upstream through Liss, Sheet and Iping have already returned to more normal levels. Flood water affecting fields, rural roads and gardens should be expected to continue at Lodsbridge, Coultershaw Bridge and Fittleworth until Sunday 15/12/2019. A few showers are possible Saturday and Sunday. We’re not expecting another significant response from the river, but small rises could occur should rain fall near the Western Rother. Please continue to help reduce the impact of flooding in your communities while the river remains high. We’ll continue to monitor the levels and forecasts. This message will be updated by 11:00 on 14/12/2019.


Flood Alert issued on 13 Dec 2019 09:50
Western Rother
Following Thursday’s rain, the Western Rother has now peaked and is falling through Liss, Sheet and Iping. River levels through Midhurst, Lodsbridge near Selham, Coultershaw Bridge and Fittleworth are still slowly rising, and are expected to continue to rise until midday Friday 13/12/2019, or until Friday evening in Fittleworth. Water levels should only rise a few centimetres in this time. Minor impact flooding will continue to affect fields, rural roads and gardens, including near mill buildings in Lodsbridge and Fittleworth, and properties at Coultershaw Bridge. Only a small amount of rain is currently predicted over the next five days, in the form of fast moving showers. This should allow the river to return to normal, but not until Sunday in Fittleworth. Please continue to take measures to reduce the impact of flooding in your communities while the river remains high. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. This message will be updated by 19:00 on 13/12/2019.


Flood Alert issued on 12 Dec 2019 19:06
Western Rother
The Western Rother has risen following 20 mm of persistent rain Thursday 12/12/2019. From 21:00 12/12/2019 minor impact flooding could affect fields, rural roads and gardens. Including locations near Liss (Station Road, Adlers Ash Road) and Mill Lane, Sheet. Gardens in Iping may be affected by small amounts of water from 23:00. From 04:00 Friday morning (13/12/2019) water is likely to approach Mill buildings in Lodsbridge near Selham and properties at Coultershaw Bridge. Mill buildings in Fittleworth could be affected from 12:00 Friday 13/12/2019. Further rain is expected from 22:00 12/12/2019, but Friday should be dry. The river should peak by 00:00 13/12/2019 through Liss and Sheet. But not until Friday afternoon 13/12/2019 at Lodsbridge. Returning to normal ten hours after the peak. Early actions to reduce potential impacts at Lodsbridge and Fittleworth are encouraged. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. This message will be updated by 10:00 on 13/12/2019.


Flood Alert issued on 14 Nov 2019 19:30
Western Rother
The Western Rother is forecast to rise during the remainder of Thursday evening (14/11/2019). This is in response to 16mm of rain on Wednesday night and Thursday morning. River levels are still high at Lodsbridge near Selham and Fittleworth on the Western Rother but impacts are relatively minor (similar to in recent weeks). The forecast is for further showers on Friday afternoon and evening (15/11/2019) and on Saturday (16/11/2019) but shouldn't make water levels higher. The river will peak by 03:00 Friday 15/11/2019, returning to more normal conditions by Saturday (16/11/2019). Please plan to avoid driving through routes vulnerable to flooding. We are monitoring our structures in Midhurst and Stedham to help keep the river flowing freely and reduce flood risk. This message will be updated by 12:00 15/11/2019.


Flood Alert issued on 14 Nov 2019 10:13
Western Rother
River levels through Liss, Iping and Stedham are now falling following last night’s rain. River levels at Lodsbridge near Selham, and Fittleworth will continue to rise until 18:00 14/11/2019. Impacts should be similar to those seen in recent weeks. Flood water will affect fields, rural roads and gardens but river levels should not rise by much more than a further 50cm. Isolated showers are possible Thursday and Friday, but not enough to cause rivers to rise above today’s peaks. Please plan to avoid driving through routes vulnerable to flooding. We are operating our structures in Midhurst and Stedham to help keep the river flowing freely and reduce flood risk. This message will be updated by 22:00 14/11/2019.


Flood Alert issued on 13 Nov 2019 16:33
Western Rother
The Western Rother is forecast to rise Thursday morning in response to a predicted 20 mm of rain Wednesday night. From 08:00 Thursday (14/11/2019) flooding could affect fields, rural roads and gardens at Lodsbridge near Selham and from 16:00 in Fittleworth. Impacts should be similar to recent weeks and so relatively minor. The forecast is still uncertain though. There is a low probability we could see more rain and flood water could get closer to properties. Further showers are possible Thursday, Friday and Saturday but shouldn't make water levels higher. The river will peak by 20:00 Thursday 14/11/2019, returning to more normal conditions by Saturday (16/11/2019). Please plan to avoid driving through routes vulnerable to flooding. We are operating our structures in Midhurst and Stedham to help keep the river flowing freely and reduce flood risk. This message will be updated by 12:00 14/11/2019.


Flood Alert issued on 10 Feb 2019 18:11
Western Rother
River levels are still high on the Western Rother between Midhurst and Fittleworth, following the rain Friday and Saturday evenings (8th and 9th February 2019). The overall trend is of falling water levels, but minor impacts of flooding should still be expected, in the Fittleworth area particularly; water on fields and rural roads, in gardens and very close to isolated and Mill properties. The week ahead will remain dry, which will allow river levels to continue their steady fall. We'll continue to monitor levels and forecasts and update our messages. Avoid walking or driving through flood water as it may conceal hidden hazards. This message will be removed by 11:00 Monday (11/2/19), once river levels at Fittleworth have fallen a little further to a more normal level.


Flood Alert issued on 10 Feb 2019 09:44
Western Rother
River levels are either near normal, or are slowly falling on the Western Rother, because only a small amount of rain fell Saturday night (9/2/19). River levels remain high at Fittleworth, where minor flooding should still be expected; water on fields and rural roads, in gardens and very close to isolated and Mill properties. Sunday (10/2/19) is expected to be predominantly dry, with only the odd shower. Any rain that does fall will not cause rivers to rise by much, instead we expect river levels to steadily fall through the day. The coming week looks settled and dry too, which will allow river levels to fall further. We'll monitor levels and forecasts and update our messages. Avoid walking or driving through flood water as it may conceal hidden hazards. This message will be updated by 19:00 Sunday (10/2/19), and likely removed Monday (11/2/19) when river levels at Fittleworth have fallen.


Flood Alert issued on 9 Feb 2019 18:02
Western Rother
River levels have now peaked on the Western Rother, following the heavy rain Friday afternoon (8/2/19). River levels remain much higher than normal between Lodsbridge and Fittleworth, where minor flooding should still be expected; water on fields and rural roads, in gardens and very close to isolated and Mill properties. Upstream locations (Liss to Midhurst) have already returned to a more usual river height. Rain will move in Saturday night and could linger throughout Sunday. There is uncertainty in the weather forecast, but we’re currently expecting less rain than Friday night (8/2/19) and for river levels to not exceed their recent levels when they peak Sunday afternoon (10/2/19). We expect continued impacts between Lodsbridge and Fittleworth, but not particularly between Liss and Midhurst. We'll monitor levels and forecasts and update our messages. Keep flood protection products installed if you have them. This message will be updated by 11:00 Sunday (10/2/19).


Flood Alert issued on 9 Feb 2019 09:52
Western Rother
River levels are still rising on the Western Rother at Fittleworth, because of the heavy rain Friday afternoon (8/2/19). River levels will stay high for much of the day between Lodsbridge and Coultershaw Bridge and continue to slowly rise a further few centimetres in Fittleworth until late afternoon (9/2/19). Levels elsewhere on the Western Rother, between Liss and Iping have already fallen to near normal. Midhurst should likewise by the afternoon (9/2/19). Minor flooding will still affect locations from Lodsbridge to Fittleworth, with water on fields and rural roads, in gardens and very close to isolated and Mill properties. Rain is forecast for Saturday evening, but thought only half Friday’s amount. River levels will remain high until Monday (11/2/19), but flood risk may not increase significantly. We'll monitor levels and forecasts and update our messages. Keep flood protection products installed if you have them. This message will be updated by 19:00 Saturday (9/2/19).


Flood Alert issued on 8 Feb 2019 20:33
Western Rother
River levels are rising on the Western Rother between Iping and Fittleworth because of the heavy rain this afternoon (Friday 8/2/19). Minor flooding is expected in places. River levels will continue to rise in Iping and Midhurst until 02:00 Saturday morning, affecting fields, rural roads and gardens but are unlikely to cause flooding to property. River levels will peak very close to Mill properties in Lodsbridge by 09:30 Saturday morning (9/2/19), and around 16:00 Saturday afternoon at Fittleworth. River levels will not rise much further through Liss and Sheet and will soon fall in those locations. Rain is expected to return Saturday evening (9/2/19) into Sunday. We therefore expect river levels to remain higher than normal, with a risk of flooding until Monday 11th February. We'll keep monitoring levels and forecasts and update our messages. Flood protection products should be installed if you have them. This message will be updated by 11:00 on Saturday 9th February 2019.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Dec 2018 14:53
Western Rother
Less rain fell than predicted last night. The risk of flooding is now reduced and impacts should be minimal. River levels have peaked and are falling through Liss, Iping and Stedham. River levels will continue to rise along the lower reaches of the Western Rother through Lodsbridge, Coultershaw Bridge and Fittleworth throughout today and will peak at around 22:00 Friday through Lodsbridge and in the early hours of Saturday 22 December at Fittleworth. River levels will not be as high as Thursday. Minor impacts could still be experienced, with small amounts of flood water affecting fields, gardens and rural roads. Friday and Saturday should be largely dry, which should allow river levels to fall. Further rain is forecast for Sunday which may cause river levels to rise again. We'll monitor forecasts and update our messages. Please remain prepared for flood risk to increase again over coming days. This message will be updated, or likely removed by 12:00 on Saturday 22 December.


Flood Alert issued on 20 Dec 2018 19:05
Western Rother
Nearly half a month's rain has fallen over the past few days. River levels remain high at Fittleworth and Lodsbridge. More rain is forecast overnight. There is uncertainty, but we think river levels will rise further. Flooding is possible Friday afternoon (21/12/2018), between Lodsbridge and Fittleworth, including Coultershaw Bridge, which will likely see the highest river levels of the week so far. Minor flooding is expected, with flood water affecting fields, gardens and rural roads. The risk of flooding is lower through Liss, Sheet, Iping and Stedham where river levels are likely to rise less. Friday and Saturday should be largely dry, but further rain is forecast for Sunday. River levels will remain higher than normal through the weekend. We'll monitor forecasts and update our messages. Please plan driving routes to avoid driving through flood water and install flood protection products if you have them. This message will be updated by 15:00 on Friday 21 December.


Flood Alert issued on 20 Dec 2018 10:25
Western Rother
River levels have been kept high because of rain showers last night. Minor flood impacts are expected to persist throughout Thursday 20 December, between Lodsbridge and Fittleworth. Flood water is expected to affect isolated mill and riverside properties, gardens, fields and rural roads. The risk of flooding is lower through Liss, Sheet, Iping and Stedham where river levels are closer to normal. Further rain is expected overnight into Friday 21 December. We expect river levels to remain high and of a broadly similar magnitude between Lodsbridge and Fittleworth through to Saturday 22 December, possibly increasing by a few centimetres, and for levels between Liss and Midhurst to rise to similar levels as of recent days. We'll continue to monitor forecasts and update our messages. Flood protection products should be installed if you have them. This message will be updated by 20:00 on Thursday 20 December.


Flood Alert issued on 19 Dec 2018 12:29
Western Rother
Following yesterdays rainfall the River levels are steadily rising between Lodsbridge and Fittleworth. Flooding is possible until Wednesday evening at Lodsbridge, and until Thursday afternoon at Fittleworth. Minor flooding is expected to affect fields, gardens and rural roads, with likely locations to be affected including riverside and mill properties at Lodsbridge, Coultershaw Bridge and Fittleworth. River levels have already peaked and are now falling through Liss, Sheet, Iping and Midhurst, so flooding is not expected in these locations. Further rainfall is forecast Thursday evening, which is likely to keep river levels of a similar height until Friday (21/12/2018). We continue to monitor levels and forecasts and will update our messages. Please plan driving routes to avoid driving through flood water. This message will be updated by 11:00 on Thursday (20/12/2018)


Flood Alert issued on 18 Dec 2018 18:03
Western Rother
River levels are forecast to rise along the Western Rother overnight and into Wednesday 19 December 2018, in response to the rain falling this afternoon and evening. Flooding is possible from early morning Wednesday (05:00) in Iping and Stedham, at 10:00 Wednesday near Lodsbridge and Coultershaw Bridge, and late afternoon / evening Wednesday for Fittleworth. River levels could be a little higher than last weekend, with minor flooding expected to affect fields, gardens and rural roads. Likely locations to be affected include riverside and mill properties at Lodsbridge, Coultershaw Bridge and Fittleworth, but levels could appear high through Iping and Stedham too. Further heavy showers are possible Wednesday with more rain Friday. The risk of flooding will remain over the coming days. We're monitoring levels and forecasts. Please plan driving routes to avoid driving through flood water. This message will be updated by 12:00 Wednesday 19/12/2018.