Flood Alert Info - River Ivel in Hertfordshire and Central Bedfordshire

Area Description

River Ivel from Langford to Blunham including Purwell, Hiz, Flit and Hit.
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

  • We have only been collating detailed flood messages since May 2017.
  • 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 7 Feb 2021 16:48
River Ivel
River levels are high but falling at the Shefford river gauge. But, remain high further downstream as a result of recent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible. We expect flooding to affect the River Ivel from Langford to Blunham, including the rivers Purwell, Hiz, Flit and Hit. Further light rainfall/snow is forecast over the next 24 hours. We expect river levels to remain high over the next couple of days. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking defences and 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, Monday 8 February, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 7 Feb 2021 07:36
River Ivel
River levels are rising at the Shefford river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall yesterday evening and overnight. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible. We expect flooding to affect the River Ivel from Langford to Blunham, including the rivers Purwell, Hiz, Flit and Hit. Further light rainfall/snow is forecast over the next 24 hours. We expect river levels to remain high throughout the day. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking defences and 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 afternoon, Sunday 7 February, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 31 Jan 2021 17:17
River Ivel
River levels are high but are falling at the Shefford river gauge as a result of persistent rainfall in the catchment over the last few days. Consequently, flooding of property, roads and farmland remains possible today, Sunday 31 January. We expect flooding to affect the River Ivel from Langford to Blunham, including the rivers Purwell, Hiz, Flit and Hit. No further significant rainfall is forecast until Tuesday 2 February, and we expect levels to continue to fall throughout the day today. We are closely monitoring the situation. 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, Monday 1 February, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 31 Jan 2021 08:44
River Ivel
River levels have risen at the Shefford river gauge as a result of persistent rainfall in the catchment over the last few days. Consequently, flooding of property, roads and farmland remains possible today, Sunday 31st January. We expect flooding to affect the River Ivel from Langford to Blunham, including the rivers Purwell, Hiz, Flit and Hit. No further significant rainfall is forecast for the next 48 hours. We expect levels to remain high throughout today, and begin to fall this afternoon. We are closely monitoring the situation. 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 this afternoon, Sunday 31st January, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 30 Jan 2021 17:30
River Ivel
River levels are steadily rising again at the Shefford river gauge as a result of recent rainfall. Consequently, flooding remains possible today, Saturday 30 January. We expect flooding to affect River Ivel from Langford to Blunham, including the rivers Purwell, Hiz, Flit and Hit. No further rainfall is forecast for the next 24 hours. 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, Sunday 31 January, or as the situation changes. We are closely monitoring the situation.


Flood Alert issued on 30 Jan 2021 09:05
River Ivel
River levels have fallen at the Shefford river gauge, however further rainfall is forecast throughout the day today which is likely to see levels rise again. Consequently, flooding remains possible today, Saturday 30 January. We expect flooding to affect the River Ivel from Langford to Blunham, including the rivers Purwell, Hiz, Flit and Hit. 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 this afternoon, Saturday 30 January, or as the situation changes. We are closely monitoring the situation.


Flood Alert issued on 29 Jan 2021 19:49
River Ivel
River levels remain high at the Shefford river gauge as a result of the rainfall yesterday and overnight. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland remains possible. We expect flooding to affect River Ivel from Langford to Blunham, including the rivers Purwell, Hiz, Flit and Hit. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours which may cause river levels to remain high. 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, Saturday, 30/01/2021, or as the situation changes. We are closely monitoring the situation.


Flood Alert issued on 29 Jan 2021 12:48
River Ivel
River levels remain high at the Shefford river gauge as a result of the rainfall yesterday and overnight. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland remains possible. We expect flooding to affect the River Ivel from Langford to Blunham, including the rivers Purwell, Hiz, Flit and Hit. Further light rainfall is forecast over the next 12 hours which may cause river levels remain high. 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 this evening, Friday 29 January, or as the situation changes. We are closely monitoring the situation.


Flood Alert issued on 28 Jan 2021 18:20
River Ivel
River levels have risen at the Shefford river gauge as a result of the rainfall overnight and this morning. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible. We expect flooding to affect River Ivel from Langford to Blunham, including the rivers Purwell, Hiz, Flit and Hit . Further rainfall is forecast for this evening. We expect river levels to respond to this rainfall and remain high over the next few days. 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, Friday 29 January, or as the situation changes. We are closely monitoring the situation.


Flood Alert issued on 28 Jan 2021 10:53
River Ivel
River levels are rising at the Shefford river gauge as a result of the rainfall overnight and this morning. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible. We expect flooding to affect River Ivel from Langford to Blunham, including the rivers Purwell, Hiz, Flit and Hit . Further rainfall is forecast for this evening. We expect river levels to respond to this rainfall and remain high over the next few days. 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 this evening, Thursday 28 January, or as the situation changes. We are closely monitoring the situation.


Flood Alert issued on 17 Jan 2021 10:32
River Ivel
River levels remain high at the Shefford river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, the risk of flooding remains. We expect flooding to affect River Ivel from Langford to Blunham, including the rivers Purwell, Hiz, Flit and Hit. No further rainfall is forecast for the next 24 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. This message will be updated this afternoon, Sunday 17 January, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Jan 2021 17:35
River Ivel
River levels remain high but are beginning to fall at the Shefford river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, the risk of flooding remains. We expect flooding to affect River Ivel from Langford to Blunham, including the rivers Purwell, Hiz, Flit and Hit. No further rainfall is forecast. River levels are falling, but still pose a flood risk. 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, 17/01/21, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Jan 2021 08:12
River Ivel
River levels have been falling at our Shefford and Arlesey river gauges, but remain high as a result of recent rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland remains possible today, Saturday 16th January. We expect flooding to affect River Ivel from Langford to Blunham, including the rivers Purwell, Hiz, Flit and Hit. Further rainfall is forecast for throughout this morning, which may result in further level rise. We expect river levels to remain high over the weekend. 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 23:26
River Ivel
River levels have been falling at our Shefford and Arlesey river gauges, but remain high as a result of recent rainfall. Consequently, flooding of property, roads and farmland is possible tonight, Friday 15 January and into tomorrow Saturday 16 January. We expect flooding to affect River Ivel from Langford to Blunham, including the rivers Purwell, Hiz, Flit and Hit. Further rainfall is forecast for tomorrow morning, Saturday 16 January, therefore it is possible levels will rise again and remain high over the weekend. 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 20:34
River Ivel
River levels have been falling at our Shefford and Arlesey river gauges, but remain high as a result of recent rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland remains possible tonight, Friday 15 January and into tomorrow Saturday 16 January. We expect flooding to affect River Ivel from Langford to Blunham, including the rivers Purwell, Hiz, Flit and Hit. Further rainfall is forecast for tomorrow morning, Saturday 16 January. 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, Saturday 16 January, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Jan 2021 09:41
River Ivel
River levels remain high at our Shefford river gauge and Arlesey river gauge as a result of persistent rainfall throughout the day yesterday. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible today, Friday, 15/01/2021. We expect flooding to affect River Ivel from Langford to Blunham, including the rivers Purwell, Hiz, Flit and Hit. No rainfall is forecast today, however further rainfall is possible tomorrow, Saturday 16/01/2021. This may result in river levels remaining high or rising again over the weekend. 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, Friday 15 January, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 14 Jan 2021 20:24
River Ivel
River levels remain high at our Shefford river gauge and are rising at our Arlesey river gauge as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of property, roads and farmland is possible over Thursday night into Friday, 15/01/2021. We expect flooding to affect River Ivel from Langford to Blunham, including the rivers Purwell, Hiz, Flit and Hit Further rainfall is forecast over the next 12 hours. We expect river levels to remain high and continue to rise at Arlesey during Thursday night 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 15 January, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 14 Jan 2021 13:01
River Ivel
River levels are rising at the Shefford river gauge as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible today, Thursday 14 January. We expect flooding to affect River Ivel from Langford to Blunham, including the rivers Purwell, Hiz, Flit and Hit Further rainfall is forecast over the next 6 hours. We expect river levels to continue to rise this afternoon, Thursday 14 January. 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 14 January, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 26 Dec 2020 04:42
River Ivel
Levels are now well below the flood risk thresholds. We will continue to monitor levels closely.


Flood Alert issued on 24 Dec 2020 13:30
River Ivel
River levels are rising at the Shefford river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of property, roads and farmland is possible. We expect flooding to affect River Ivel from Langford to Blunham, including the rivers Purwell, Hiz, Flit and Hit. There is some light rainfall forecast during Thursday. We expect river levels to rise throughout 24/12/2020. 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, 25/12/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Dec 2019 21:38
River Ivel
River levels remain high but are falling at the Shefford river gauge as a result of recent heavy rainfall. While levels remain high the risk of flooding remains. This will affect the River Ivel from Langford to Blunham, including the rivers Purwell, Hiz, Flit and Hit. Further rainfall is forecast tomorrow. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid contact with flood water. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, Sunday 22 December, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Dec 2019 12:00
River Ivel
River levels remain high but are beginning to fall at the Shefford river gauge as a result of recent heavy rainfall. Consequently, the risk of flooding remains. This will affect the River Ivel from Langford to Blunham, including the rivers Purwell, Hiz, Flit and Hit. Further rainfall is forecast tomorrow. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid contact with flood water. This message will be updated this afternoon, Saturday 21 December, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 20 Dec 2019 17:42
River Ivel
River levels are rising at the Shefford river gauge as a result of persistent rainfall overnight and this morning. Consequently, the risk of flooding remains. This will affect the River Ivel from Langford to Blunham, including the rivers Purwell, Hiz, Flit and Hit Further rainfall is forecast tomorrow. We expect river levels to remain high. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid contact with flood water. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, Saturday 21 December, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 2 Apr 2018 16:24
River Ivel
This message has been issued due to the heavy rain experienced over the last 24 hours. The forecast is for light rain over the next 24 hours. We are expecting river levels to react to further rainfall. Locations most at risk are River Ivel from Langford to Blunham including Purwell, Hiz, Flit and Hit. The Environment Agency are monitoring river levels and have staff in the field checking for and clearing blockages. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. Take care on riverside roads and footpaths. Do not walk or drive through flood water.