Flood Alert Info - Eastern Yar

Area Description

Eastern Yar and tributaries from Whitwell to Bembridge.
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 11:29
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar are currently not high enough to be causing impacts. However, 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), minor impact flooding will affect land and roads through the Yar Valley. Bembridge Sluice is operating and managing levels at Brading Marsh. We continue to monitor the forecast. Please ensure that any pumps used to protect gardens and property can operate. We will update this Flood Alert by 12:00 10/03/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 8 Mar 2020 11:14
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar are now falling along the whole catchment. 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 although the river remains highly responsive to rainfall. We will continue to monitor the river and forecast and recommend that all residents remain prepared for flood impacts should the forecast change. This message will be updated by 12:00 tomorrow (09/03/2020).


Flood Alert issued on 6 Mar 2020 09:33
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar remain very high. At Alverstone, levels are now falling. At Sandown, the river will continue to rise a little over the next hour, but it will stabilise soon. There will be out of bank flooding, affecting land, gardens and access tracks throughout the Yar Valley. Golf Links Road and Moreton Common Road, Sandown will be flooded, along with land at Fort Holiday Park. Today (06/03/2020) and tomorrow (Saturday 07/03/2020) the weather remains dry, and levels will fall. On Sunday (08/03/2020) and Monday (09/03/2020) further rain is forecast. Given how sensitive the river currently is, we would like residents to remain prepared for potential impacts to property throughout this time. Bembridge sluice is operating and managing levels at Brading Marsh. We continue to monitor the forecast. We will update this Flood Alert by 12:00 on 08/03/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 5 Mar 2020 17:54
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar are high and rising. In the last 48 hours, 40mm of rain has been recorded at Wroxall. A Flood Warning has been issued for Langbridge and Alverstone, as later on this evening, the river could affect property. In the next 3 to 4 hours, the river will begin to flood Golf Links Road and Moreton Common Road. Tomorrow morning, levels will be high at Sandown Bridge. Land at Fort Holiday Park could flood and it is possible that it could impact the sewage treatment plant. Rain will clear the area by 19:30 this evening. At Alverstone, the river may not peak until gone midnight, at Sandown it is unlikely to peak until tomorrow morning (Friday 06/03/2020). We’ve altered Bembridge sluice so that more water flows to sea, in between high tide. Please ensure that pumps used to protect property are operating or, that you can take action to protect property if required. We’ll update this message by 12:00 on 06/03/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 5 Mar 2020 13:10
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar are high and rising. In the last 24 hours, 25mm of rain has been recorded at Knighton. Most of that rain has fallen in the last 6 hours on already wet ground. In Alverstone, from 16:00 this afternoon, the river will be high, rising close to the top of the river bank near the main road bridge. It will also flood Golf Links Road and Moreton Common Road at Sandown. Rain is not expected to clear the area until 18:00 this evening. The river is unlikely to peak until at least 22:00 this evening, and with continued rain this afternoon, possibly not until the early hours of Friday morning. By 19:00, levels will be very high at Langbridge and Alverstone. We’ve checked that Bembridge sluice is operating normally. Please ensure that pumps used to protect property are operating or that you can take action to protect property if required. We’ll update this message to provide a better estimate of peak river level timings by 20:00 on 05/03/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 20 Feb 2020 09:55
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar remain high following heavy rainfall at the weekend. At Alverstone and Sandown, levels continue to fall. 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. We continue to monitor the forecast. Please remain prepared for flood impacts this week. This Flood Alert will be updated, or removed, by 12:00 on 21/02/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 19 Feb 2020 11:52
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar remain high following heavy rainfall at the weekend. At Alverstone and Sandown, levels continue to fall. Over the next 5 days, only very small amounts of rain are forecast each day. The river will remain high throughout this period, and will rise and fall a little with the rain. Property flooding is unlikely, but there will be a continuation of minor flooding impacts that will continue to affect land and roads. We continue to monitor the forecast. Please remain prepared for flood impacts this week. This Flood Alert will be updated, or removed, by 12:00 on 20/02/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 18 Feb 2020 10:48
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar remain high following heavy rainfall at the weekend. At Alverstone and Sandown, levels continue to fall. At Sandown, levels remain high enough to cause some road flooding at Golf Links and Moreton Common 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. It is unlikely that the rain will flood property, but a continuation of minor impact flooding affecting land and roads is expected. We continue to monitor the forecast. Please remain prepared for flood impacts this week. This Flood Alert will be updated by 12:00 on 19/02/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 17 Feb 2020 11:36
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar remain high, following heavy rainfall at the weekend. At Alverstone and Langbridge, the level is now falling, but the river will still be near to the top of the river bank. At Sandown, the river will cause some minor impact flooding at Golf Links and Moreton Common Road. Ditches at Fort Holiday Park may also cause flooding to land as they are unable to drain to the river. Further showers are expected today (17/02/2020), tomorrow (Tuesday 18/02/2020), and through to Thursday (20/02/2020). At the very least, minor flood impacts are expected to continue until Friday (21/02/2020). We continue to monitor the forecast. Please remain prepared for flood impacts this week. This Flood Alert will be updated by 12:00 on 18/02/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Feb 2020 17:39
Eastern Yar
The Eastern Yar is high and rising. In the last 24 hours, 25mm has been recorded at Knighton. There will be extensive out of bank flooding affecting land, gardens, cycle tracks and roads including Golf Links Road and Moreton Common Road, Sandown. At Alverstone and Langbridge, the river will continue to rise for at least the next 7 hours. It is unlikely to peak until 01:00 (17/02/2020). By 22:00 the river will be held back by the main road bridge at Alverstone. The river may come very close to property at Alverstone and Langbridge. At Sandown, the river will not peak until tomorrow morning, but property flooding is not expected. On Monday (17/02/2020), very small amounts of rain are forecast, but this may still keep the river higher than normal. Over the next 10 hours, the river may be higher than it has been in the last 2 months. Bembridge sluice is operating normally. Please install flood protection if you have it. This Flood Alert will be updated by 12:00 on 17/02/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Feb 2020 12:21
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar remain high. At Alverstone river levels have increased steadily overnight. In the last 24 hours, 20mm of rain has fallen at Knighton after 5 months of prolonged over average rainfall. Water will continue to be ponded on low lying land adjacent to the river throughout the river valley. Road, cycle track and footpath flooding is expected. At Langbridge and Alverstone Road Bridge the river will be close to the top of the river bank. Levels will be as seen over the last few days. Property flooding is not expected. There will be no impacts in Sandown. Further lighter rain is forecast until 15:00 today (16/02/20) with another 10mm forecast. At Alverstone, the river will rise until approximately 18:00. At Sandown, levels will not peak until 22:00 on 16/02/20. Bembridge sluice is operating normally. We continue to monitor river levels. Please ensure any flood protection products are operating. This Flood Alert will be updated by 12:00 on 17/02/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Feb 2020 12:04
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar remain high. At Alverstone and Sandown river levels reduced slightly overnight. However today (Saturday 15/02/20) Storm Dennis will still bring significant rainfall from this afternoon through into Sunday (16/02/20). Storm Dennis will give rise to persistent rain, potentially resulting in some very significant rainfall totals (as much as 50mm in a 24 hour period). If these rainfall totals are realised, it could cause significant flood impacts and potentially property flooding. Impacts will be seen at Golf Links and possibly Moreton Common Road. Ditches at Fort Holiday Park may also cause flooding to land as they are unable to drain to the river. We’ve checked Bembridge sluice is operating normally. Please ensure that pumps used to protect property from flooding can operate or if you live near the river, please ensure you can protect your property over the next few days. This Flood Alert will be updated by 12:00 on 16/02/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 14 Feb 2020 07:27
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar remain high, following heavy rainfall yesterday. At Alverstone, the level is now falling, but the river will still be near to the top of the river bank. At Sandown the river has just stabilised, but today, it is likely to cause some minor impact flooding at Golf Links and possibly Moreton Common Road. Ditches at Fort Holiday Park may also cause flooding to land as they are unable to drain to the river. Today (Friday 14/02/2020) should remain dry until later this evening. Very heavy rainfall is then expected this weekend. Forecast rainfall totals are high enough that should it affect the river, then it could cause significant flood impacts. We’ve checked Bembridge sluice is operating normally. Please ensure that pumps used to protect property from flooding can operate or if you live near the river, please ensure you can protect your property over the next few days. This Flood Alert will be updated by 12:00 on 15/02/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 13 Feb 2020 13:51
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar are high and continue to rise. Following heavy rainfall overnight, an additional 8mm of rain has been recorded as a result of heavy showers this morning. In Alverstone, the river will be nearing the top of the river bank. Water will also pond on low lying land. Property flooding is not expected. The showers have now cleared the area, but this morning’s rainfall means that the river is now unlikely to peak until 19:00 this evening, by which time it will be very high. We are not expecting impacts at Sandown. Tomorrow (Friday 14/02/2020) remains fairly dry, and water levels will recover. Very heavy rainfall is then expected at the weekend. Forecast rainfall totals are high enough that should it affect the river, then it could cause significant flood impacts. We’ve checked Bembridge sluice is operating normally. Please ensure that pumps used to protect property from flooding can operate. This Flood Alert will be updated by 12:00 on 14/02/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 13 Feb 2020 09:52
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar are high and rising. In the last 12 hours, 19mm of rain has fallen at Knighton. Most of this rain fell in 3 hours early this morning. In Alverstone, the river will continue to rise over the next 5 hours. From lunchtime today (12:00), water will be close to the top of the river bank near the main road bridge. It will also pond on low lying land. Property flooding is not expected. Further showers are expected until 11:00. The river should peak by 15:00 this afternoon. We are not expecting impacts at Sandown. Tomorrow (Friday 14/02/2020) remains fairly dry, and water levels will recover. Very heavy rainfall is then expected at the weekend. Forecast rainfall totals are high enough that should it affect the river, then it could cause significant flood impacts. We’ve checked Bembridge sluice is operating normally. Please ensure that pumps used to protect property from flooding can operate. This Flood Alert will be updated by 12:00 on 14/02/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 17 Jan 2020 10:17
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar are higher than normal, but are fairly stable and should continue to fall today. In the last 24 hours, only 6mm of rain has been recorded at Knighton, so the impacts described yesterday did not occur. Some showers are forecast in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight today, but these are unlikely to have much of an impact on water level. The river will remain in bank, but ponded water will affect fields, ditches and low lying land over the next few days. From tomorrow (18/01/2020) the weather will remain dry for a week, giving the river a good chance to recover. We continue to monitor the forecast and will look to remove this Flood Alert by 17:00 on 17/01/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Jan 2020 09:52
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar remain high, but are falling at Alverstone and Sandown. Out of bank flooding affecting land, footpaths, and main roads will continue over the next few days. 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 Eastern Yar, then it is possible that property flooding could occur at Langbridge and Alverstone. Bembridge sluice is operating normally, but we are moving into a period of neap tides, which will prevent the river from draining to sea for any length of time. Please remain prepared for continued flood impacts over the next 24 hours. Pumps used to protect property could be required to operate. This message will be updated by 12:00 on 17/01/2020, or sooner if we think property flooding will occur.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Jan 2020 20:04
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar remain high and continue to rise slowly. The rate of rise has now slowed and at Alverstone, it should peak by 21:00 this evening. In the last 24 hours, 20mm has been recorded at Knighton, which is a small amount, but the river has remained sensitive to rainfall. At Alverstone, the river will currently be close to the top of the river bank. Ponded water will be flooding fields and land along the course of the river. At Sandown, it may cause flooding at Golf Links Road, but is unlikely to flood Moreton Common Road. Tomorrow evening, further rain (10mm) is forecast. While levels will fall overnight and throughout the day tomorrow, rainfall overnight into Friday will cause levels to rise again. We’ve checked that Bembridge is operating normally. Please ensure pumps used to protect gardens and property can operate and remain prepared for further minor impacts over the next few days. This Flood Alert will be updated by 12:00 on 16/01/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 28 Dec 2019 11:21
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar remain high, but are now beginning to fall as drier conditions over the last 36 hours have given the river levels a chance to recover. Levels at Alverstone have fallen significantly, but levels at Sandown do remain high. Today minor impact flooding affecting low lying lands and roads will continue, and will do so for the next few days. In particular, impacts are likely to continue around Fort Holiday Park in Sandown, as water from the ditches in the area will be unable to flow into the main river. With very little rain forecast over the next few days, the situation should continue to improve. We continue to monitor levels. This message will be updated by 12:00 on 29 December 2019.


Flood Alert issued on 27 Dec 2019 10:39
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar are high. 16mm of rainfall was recorded in the last 24 hours, and this is in addition to the prolonged rainfall experienced recently. Water levels at Alverstone are continuing to rise very slowly, and levels are likely to peak in the next few hours. The water levels at Sandown are also rising, and will continue to rise throughout the day. Water levels at Sandown are likely to peak early evening today. This afternoon and evening, flooding of Golf Links Road and Moreton Common Road at Sandown is expected. Also ditches around Fort Holiday Park will become impeded by higher flows in the main river. Minor impact flooding affecting low lying land throughout the Eastern Yar valley will continue for the next few days. With very little rain forecast over the next few days, the situation should begin to improve after today. We continue to monitor levels. This Flood Alert will be updated by 12:00 on 28 December 2019.


Flood Alert issued on 26 Dec 2019 10:26
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar are falling, following drier weather over the last 48 hours. Later today, it is likely that there will be minor impact flooding affecting low lying land, and these impacts will continue until Saturday 28/12/2019. Water will be ponded on low lying land adjacent to the river throughout the river valley. It is likely that river levels will peak at Alverstone tonight. Further rainfall, between 10mm and 20mm, is forecast today (26/12/2019) into tomorrow (27/12/2019), so levels at Alverstone are likely to rise, and be similar to those recorded last weekend. Be prepared for the river to be higher than normal until Saturday 28/12/2019. We continue to monitor levels. Following the rainfall today and overnight, the forecast is for fairly dry conditions. This Flood Alert will be updated by 12:00 on 27 December 2019.


Flood Alert issued on 24 Dec 2019 10:07
Eastern Yar
Following a very small amount of rain overnight, (2mm) at Knighton, water levels are currently rising at Alverstone, but any increase will be relatively minor, and we do not expect it to cause any impacts. At Sandown, the river continues to fall slowly. Today (24/12/2019) and tomorrow (25/12/2019), the weather will be fairly dry. On Thursday (26/12/2019), another band of rain is expected, which will cause the river to rise. Out of bank flooding affecting land and roads will continue over the next few days. This message will be updated by 12:00 on 26/12/2019.


Flood Alert issued on 23 Dec 2019 10:40
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar are high but continue to fall at Alverstone and Sandown. Out of bank flooding affecting, land, footpaths, and main roads will continue over the next 5 days. Today (23/12/2019), the weather remains fairly dry with only the odd light shower expected. Water levels should continue to lower. Overnight and into tomorrow (24/12/2019), further rain is forecast. If this rain affects the river, then it will cause it to rise. Christmas Day will remain dry, before another band of rain arrives on Boxing Day (26/12/2019). This week, drier weather interspersed with some rain, means that the river will continue to rise and fall. Bembridge sluice is operating normally. Neap tides have stopped the river from draining to sea for any length of time. This will improve over the next 24 hours as we move towards the spring tide cycle. Pumps used to protect property may be required again tomorrow (24/12/2019). This message will be updated by 12:00 on 24/12/2019.


Flood Alert issued on 22 Dec 2019 09:15
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar are high and rising. Yesterday 18mm of rain was recorded at Wroxall. The river is now the highest it has been in several years. At Budbridge, the river peaked at 02:30. At Langbridge and Alverstone, it won’t stabilise until at least 11:00. It is rising by 1cm an hour and will back up at Alverstone Road Bridge. Continued flooding of land, tracks and roads including Moreton Common Road and Golf Links Road is expected. Ditches at Fort Holiday Park will not drain to the river. At Alverstone and Langbridge, water will come very close to property. Today and tomorrow the weather improves, with very small amounts of rain expected (2-3mm). At Alverstone, from early afternoon, levels should stabilise and then fall. At Sandown they will not fall until the early hours of Monday morning. Pumps used to protect property will be required today. This message will be updated by 11:00 on 23/12/2019 or sooner if the river does not peak by lunchtime today.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Dec 2019 08:50
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar are high and rising. 8mm of rain overnight is causing Alverstone to rise. It won’t peak until 12:00, when it will be similar in height to yesterday. Continued flooding of land, cycle and access tracks and roads, including Moreton Common Road and Golf Links Road is expected. At Sandown, drainage ditches at Fort Holiday Park will struggle to drain to the river. Throughout Saturday (21/12/2019), further heavy rain is forecast with up to 25mm expected. Should that amount of rain affect the river, then it will rise and be higher than it has been all year. Generally, any rain today will cause an increase in water level and deepening impacts. From tomorrow (Sunday 22/12/2019), the rainfall forecast improves for a few days. This should give the river a chance to recover. Please ensure that pumps used to protect property can operate. We have altered Bembridge sluice to lower water levels at Brading. This message will be updated by 11:00 on 22/12/2019.


Flood Alert issued on 20 Dec 2019 10:53
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar are high and rising. In the last 48 hours, 46 mm of rain has been recorded at Knighton which is half of a month’s rainfall. At Budbridge, the river will peak in the next 1 hour. At Langbridge and Alverstone it will rise for another 8 hours, peaking this afternoon (20/12/2019). Minor flooding impacts are expected to continue in this location. At Sandown, the river will rise until early Saturday morning (21/12/2019). Golf Links Road and Moreton Common Road are expected to see flood impacts by 12:00 lunchtime today (20/12/2019). Today, only a small amount of rain is forecast. Tomorrow will bring further unsettled weather. This will keep the levels high and could lead to property flooding. Please ensure that pumps used to protect property can operate over the next few days. We have checked Bembridge sluice is operating normally. This Flood Alert will be updated by 11:00 on Saturday 21/12/2019 or sooner if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 19 Dec 2019 07:19
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar are high and rising. In the last 10 hours, 22mm of rain has been recorded at Knighton. At Budbridge, the river has just peaked. At Langbridge and Alverstone, it will rise for another 7 hours, not peaking until lunchtime. By 09:00 on Thursday 19/12/2019, the river will be very high at Langbridge and Alverstone, with more extensive out of bank flooding expected. At Sandown the river will rise until later this evening, when it will come close to, or cause flooding at Golf Links and Moreton Common Road. From 11:00 today and tomorrow (Friday 20/12/2019) further rain is forecast. This will keep levels much higher than they have been this year and could lead to property flooding. Please ensure that pumps used to protect property can operate over the next few days. We’ve checked that Bembridge sluice is operating normally. This Flood Alert will be updated by 11:00 on Friday 20/12/2019 or sooner if we think property flooding will occur.


Flood Alert issued on 18 Dec 2019 20:31
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar are rising as rain affects the Isle of Wight. It will continue overnight and into Thursday morning (19/12/2019). A large amount of rain could fall in a short period of time. From 01:00, our current radar image supports this. By early tomorrow morning (from 04:00 on 19/12/2019), water levels will be very high at Alverstone Road Bridge, with larger amounts of water affecting low lying land, access and cycle tracks along the River Valley. Later on tomorrow, it is possible that Golf Links Road and Moreton Common Road, Sandown may see minor flood impacts. The river will rise into tomorrow, when further rain is forecast. Please ensure that any pumps used to protect property from flooding can operate over the next few days. We’ve checked that Bembridge sluice is operating normally. This Flood Alert will be updated with detailed information on expected river peak timings by 11:00 on Thursday 19/12/2019.


Flood Alert issued on 14 Dec 2019 09:50
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar remain high following heavy rainfall throughout Friday. In Alverstone, water levels are now falling and are below levels which require action, however, it will take some time before they return to the seasonal norm. At Sandown, the river has now stabilised but remains high. Road flooding is unlikely but Fort Holiday Park will likely be affected by water in the surrounding ditches. The weather forecast for Saturday (14/12/19) through to Monday (16/12/19) indicates bands of heavy showers will cross the catchment, maintaining the responsive nature of the river to even modest rainfall totals. On Tuesday (17/12/19) there is the potential for more significant rainfall, so please remain vigilant and ready to use pumps to protect your property. We have checked Bembridge sluice is operating. This Flood Alert will be updated by 11:00 on 15/12/19.


Flood Alert issued on 13 Dec 2019 10:25
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar remain high following heavy rainfall yesterday. In Alverstone, water levels are now falling, and it will take some time before they return to normal. A continuation of minor impact flooding will occur until early tomorrow (Saturday 14/12/2019). Pumps used to protect property may need to operate until late afternoon. At Sandown, the river will rise slowly through most of the day, but is unlikely to cause road flooding. Today the weather remains dry, giving the river time to recover. Further showers are expected Sunday (15/12/2019) through to Tuesday (17/12/2019). These showers are not forecast to bring large rainfall totals, but with land now so wet, only small amounts of rain will cause the river to rise. Over the next few days, please expect the river to be higher than normal. We’ve checked Bembridge sluice is operating. Please ensure any pumps used to protect property can operate. This Flood Alert will be updated by 11:00 on 14/12/2019.


Flood Alert issued on 12 Dec 2019 20:34
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar are high and rising. Today (Thursday 12/12/2019), 20mm of rain fell in 6 hours at Wroxall. This is a modest amount of rain in a short period of time. In Alverstone, from 22:00 this evening the river will be high, rising close to the top of the river bank near the main road bridge. Water will pond on low lying land. Property flooding is not expected, but pumps used to reduce water in gardens and to property may need to operate. Tonight, a further band of rainfall will affect the area between 21:00 and midnight. The additional rainfall will keep the river high until early Friday morning (around 04:00). It should remain dry on Friday, allowing water levels to recover. We are not expecting impacts at Sandown. We continue to monitor the river. Please ensure that any pumps used to protect gardens and property from flooding are operating. This Flood Alert will be updated by 11:00 on Friday 13th December 2019.


Flood Alert issued on 11 Nov 2019 09:40
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar have receded overnight but will increase by a small amount this morning following last night’s rain. No rain is forecast today or tomorrow allowing levels to fall slowly but another band of potentially heavy rain is forecast during Wednesday (13/11/19) and Thursday (14/11/19) although there is uncertainty as its intensity. As the river is responsive to modest rainfall, levels at Langbridge and Alverstone may return to last week’s levels or higher and maintain water in fields near the river. Levels will peak again on Friday (15/11/19) and a flood warning may be issued. Minor flooding to roads in Sandown is possible, with Golf Links and Moreton Common Road potentially affected again. If heavy rain occurs the upper reaches around Arreton may be affected. We will issue further updates as water levels change. Please ensure that any pumps used to protect property from flooding can operate. This Flood Alert will be updated by 11:00 on 12/11/2019.


Flood Alert issued on 10 Nov 2019 11:38
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar are receding as no rain fell last night, but another band of moderately heavy rain is forecast tomorrow just after midnight (11/11/19). As the river is responsive to modest amounts of rainfall, levels at Langbridge and Alverstone may become bank full. This will maintain water in fields near the river. Levels may rise quickly, peaking late morning on Monday (11/11/19), however, it is unlikely that a flood warning will be issued. Unsettled conditions are forecast to continue into next week but may still allow the river to fall to nearer normal levels. Minor flooding to roads in Sandown is possible, with Golf Links and Moreton Common Road potentially affected again. If heavier rain than forecast occurs the upper reaches around Arreton may be affected. We will issue further updates as water levels change. Please ensure that any pumps used to protect property from flooding can operate. This Flood Alert will be updated by 11:00 on 11/11/2019.


Flood Alert issued on 9 Nov 2019 11:45
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar have now receded to normal levels. No rain fell last night but today (9/11/19) from mid-morning a band of moderately heavy rain is forecast. The Eastern Yar is responsive to small totals of rainfall. At Langbridge and Alverstone the river will become bank full and increase water in fields near the river. Levels may rise sharply with peak expected to be reached in the early hours of Sunday morning (10/11/19). There is a low risk this may require a flood warning to be issued. Unsettled conditions are forecast to continue into next week but will probably allow the river to fall to nearer normal levels. Minor flooding to roads in Sandown (Golf Links and Moreton Common Road) may be affected again. If heavy rain occurs the upper reaches may be affected. We will issue further updates as water levels change. Please ensure that any pumps used to protect property from flooding can operate. This Flood Alert will be updated by 12:00 on 10/11/2019.


Flood Alert issued on 8 Nov 2019 12:03
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar, particularly at Alverstone, are now receding. No rain fell last night and none is forecast today. The Eastern Yar is responsive to small totals of rainfall. On Saturday (9/11/19) afternoon and evening a band of potentially heavy rain is forecast (up to 45mm). This will increase water in land and fields nearest the river and levels may rise sharply, peaking at a higher level around midday Sunday (10/11/19). This may require a flood warning to be issued. Unsettled conditions are forecast to continue into next week but will probably allow the river to fall to nearer normal levels. Minor flooding to roads in Sandown (Golf Links and Moreton Common Road) will be improving. If heavy rain occurs the upper reaches may be affected. We will issue further updates as water levels change. Please ensure that any pumps used to protect property from flooding can operate. This Flood Alert will be updated by 12:00 on 09/11/2019.


Flood Alert issued on 7 Nov 2019 10:24
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar, particularly at Alverstone, have risen following the intense rainfall in the early hours of Thursday morning (07/11/2019). From Thursday afternoon and overnight, further sometimes heavy showers are expected (up to 25mm), before easing on Friday morning (08/11/19). There will be increasing water in land and fields nearest the river, and although river levels will fall this afternoon, if the heavy showers later tonight do become more persistent, river levels will rise sharply, peaking at a higher level around midday Friday (08/11/19). Further rainfall is forecast on Saturday (9/11/19), which will keep river levels high. Minor flooding to roads in Sandown (Golf Links and Moreton Common Road) will persist. We continue to monitor the river and will issue further updates, as water levels change. Please ensure that any pumps used to protect gardens and property from flooding can operate. This Flood Alert will be updated by 11:00 on 08/11/2019.


Flood Alert issued on 6 Nov 2019 09:41
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar have fallen significantly since the rainfall on Monday (04/11/2019). Until lunchtime today, it is unlikely that there will be anything but small amounts of water in land or fields nearest the river. From early afternoon (1400 hrs onwards) and continuing into tomorrow morning (07/11/2019) rain is forecast with 10 to 20mm expected. This is a fairly modest total, but if it affects the area, over the next 24 hours, it would cause the river to rise to a similar level as it did late on Monday night. By tomorrow, minor impact flooding to roads in Sandown (Golf Links and Moreton Common Road) is also a possibility. We continue to monitor the river and will issue further updates, as water levels rise. Please ensure that any pumps used to protect gardens and property from flooding can operate. This Flood Alert will be updated by 11:00 on 07/11/2019.


Flood Alert issued on 5 Nov 2019 10:05
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar remain high but are now slowly falling. 25mm of rain was recorded at Knighton yesterday. At Langbridge and Alverstone, water will still be close to the top of the river bank. Some ponded water will continue to affect low lying land. Until early tomorrow evening (06/11/2019) the weather will remain dry. This will give the river a chance to recover. Today, by early afternoon, levels should have reduced by 0.5m. Further rainfall is expected on Wednesday night and into Thursday. Over the next few days, please expect the river to be higher than normal. Given further heavy rainfall, some road flooding at Sandown will occur. We continue to monitor the river. Please continue to operate any products that are used to protect gardens and property. This Flood Alert will be updated by 11:00 on 06/11/2019.


Flood Alert issued on 4 Nov 2019 21:15
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar are high and continue to rise. Since the start of November, half a month’s rainfall(43mm) has been recorded at Knighton, a large proportion of that, has fallen today. By 21:30 this evening, at Langbridge and Alverstone Road Bridge, the river will be close to the top of the river bank. Small amounts of water will also be ponded on land adjacent to the river. Property flooding is not expected, but pumps used to protect gardens from flooding may be required to operate. We do not expect impacts at Sandown. Over the next 8 hours, showers, bringing small, but consistent amounts of rainfall will continue. At Alverstone, the river should peak in the next 1 to 2 hours, but continued showers will cause the level to remain higher than normal into tomorrow 05/11/2019. We will continue to monitor the river. Please ensure any products used to protect gardens and property from flooding are operating. This Flood Alert will be updated at 10:00 on 05/11/2019.


Flood Alert issued on 18 Oct 2019 08:49
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar are high and rising slowly. The overnight rain was much less than expected, and only 7.5mm was recorded at Knighton. This morning, water levels in the river are not as high as we thought they would be. At Alverstone, the river should peak around 10:00 this morning (18/10/2019). Water levels are unlikely to be higher than recorded on Sunday. Any flood impacts in the upper river will be minor, and confined to low lying land only. No impacts are expected at Sandown. Today, further showers continue, with some affecting the Eastern Yar. These showers could cause a slight increase in water level, but won’t cause significant impacts. It is drier from tomorrow (Saturday 19/10/2019). We will monitor the river today and will update or remove this message later on this afternoon. As a precautionary measure, please ensure any pumps used to reduce water levels are operating. This message will be updated by 16:00 on Friday18th October 2019


Flood Alert issued on 17 Oct 2019 22:26
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar are high and rising. Since the start of October, more than a month’s rainfall (108mm) has been recorded at Knighton. Rain is forecast overnight, some of which will be heavy at times. From 06:00 tomorrow morning (18/10/2019), water levels could be close to the top of the river bank at Alverstone Road Bridge. Property flooding is not expected, but pumps used to reduce water in gardens will need to operate. By 09:00 tomorrow morning, the river could be higher than recorded on Sunday (13/10/2019). There will be no impacts at Sandown. Showery conditions will continue tomorrow. Over the next 24 hours please expect water levels to be higher than normal. We continue to monitor the river. We will issue advice on when water levels are expected to peak tomorrow morning. Please ensure that any pumps used to protect gardens and property from flooding are operating. This Flood Alert will be updated by 10:00 on Friday18th October 2019.


Flood Alert issued on 23 Dec 2018 11:52
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar are rising, following the early morning rain. At Alverstone, the river should peak at 15:00 this afternoon, reaching a similar height as was recorded on Friday. However, further rain is forecast early evening and overnight. So, in the upper reaches, we expect levels to rise further again, until at least tomorrow morning (24/12/2018). At Sandown, levels will not peak until much later tomorrow, possibly not until early evening. Over the next 24 hours, although levels will be high, and could cause minor flood impacts to low lying roads, cycle tracks and access paths, we currently do not expect property flooding to occur. Once the rain has cleared the area overnight, the weather outlook turns favourable, with no rain forecast for the next 5 days. At Alverstone, please ensure flood protection pumps are operating. We will update this message by 10:00 on Monday 24/12/2018 or earlier if heavier rain than expected affects the river tonight.


Flood Alert issued on 22 Dec 2018 09:38
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar remain high but are now falling. There is no rain forecast today, Saturday 22/12/2018, so levels will continue to fall. Some minor out of bank flood impacts could still occur at Sandown until this afternoon. Rain is forecast tomorrow and on Christmas Eve. We expect river levels to rise from tomorrow morning onwards, remaining high until Christmas Day. The additional rainfall should not flood property, but please continue to expect minor impact flooding throughout this time. Dry weather is forecast for the rest of the week. We will update this message by 12:00 on Sunday 23/12/2018.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Dec 2018 16:53
Eastern Yar
In the upper river at Langbridge and Alverstone, water levels are now falling slowly. At Sandown, the river will continue to rise until at least 04:00 on Saturday morning (22/12/2018). Minor impact flooding affecting low lying roads (including Golf Links Road and Moreton Common Road), cycle tracks and footpaths will continue over the next 12 to 20 hours. With very little rain tomorrow, the situation will improve throughout the day. Further rainfall is forecast on Sunday into Monday. So, while levels will fall tomorrow, by Christmas Eve, they could rise and be similar to those recorded today. Be prepared for continued minor impacts. This Alert will remain in force until Monday 24/12/2018. We will update this message content on www.gov.uk (search Flood Warnings) by 12:00 on 22/12/2018. This alert will then be formally re-issued if the rain on Sunday causes a large increase in water level.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Dec 2018 09:21
Eastern Yar
The Eastern Yar is high and rising. In the last 6 days, December’s monthly average rainfall (94mm) has been recorded at Wroxall. Today and tomorrow, minor impact flooding affecting low lying roads, cycle tracks and footpaths along the river valley is expected, including Golf Links Road and Moreton Common Road. In Alverstone, the river will rise to bank full at Station House (similar to Sunday), peaking early this afternoon around 13:00. At Sandown, it will rise slowly, until the early hours of Saturday morning (22/12/2018) at 02:00. At this time, ditches at Fort Holiday Park could struggle to drain to the river. Friday and Saturday are fairly dry, so levels will reduce slightly during this time. Further rain is expected Sunday, but at present, forecast totals are unlikely to flood property. Bembridge sluice is operating normally. At Alverstone, please ensure pumps are operating. This message will be updated by 18:00 on 21/12/2018


Flood Alert issued on 18 Dec 2018 15:48
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar have fallen since yesterday and are currently causing no impacts. The heavy rain forecast today, has so far, resulted in much lower totals than were forecast. Rain will continue to affect the area until 2000hrs this evening (Tuesday 18/12/2018) and some of the rain is heavy at times. Throughout the evening and overnight, the river will rise, but it now seems less likely that water levels will be as high as they were on Sunday morning. We continue to monitor levels and will update or remove this Flood Alert by 10:00 on 19/12/2018.


Flood Alert issued on 17 Dec 2018 10:53
Eastern Yar
Following heavy rainfall over the weekend, water levels in Alverstone are now falling. In Sandown, the river will continue to rise slowly until lunchtime today. Over the next few hours, minor flood impacts affecting low lying roads will continue. The weather remains dry until tomorrow morning (Tuesday 18/12/2018). Heavy rain (20-30mm) is then forecast for the rest of the day into Wednesday (19/12/2018). Whilst water levels will fall today, the river will respond more quickly to rainfall tomorrow. If the heaviest forecast totals affect the area, the river could be the highest it’s been since early January this year. We continue to monitor levels. We will update this Flood Alert by 16:00 on 18/12/2018 or sooner, should heavy rain affect the river earlier.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Dec 2018 20:58
Eastern Yar
Water levels in the Eastern Yar are high and rising. Half a month’s rainfall (50mm) has been recorded in Knighton in the last 48 hours. Overnight, minor impact flooding to low lying roads, cycle tracks and footpaths along the river valley is expected. This includes Golf Links Road and by tomorrow morning possible impacts at Moreton Common Road, Sandown. In Alverstone, the river is unlikely to peak until the early hours of the morning. At Sandown, levels will rise until lunchtime. Monday (17/12/2018) should be dry, but heavy rain is forecast again on Tuesday. Until Wednesday (19/12/2018), please expect the river to be much higher than normal. We’ve checked that Bembridge sluice is operating normally. Although the marsh will be wetter than normal, it will not affect property at Brading. At Alverstone, please ensure flood protection is installed. This message will be updated by 11:00 on 17/12/2018


Flood Alert issued on 26 Aug 2018 22:58
Eastern Yar
In the last 9 hrs 30 mm of rain has fallen at Knighton, which is close to half a month’s rainfall. River levels in the Eastern Yar are high and continue to rise. At Alverstone, levels will rise until approx. 2:00am tomorrow morning. At Sandown, the river will continue to rise over the next 10hrs and will peak at approx. 08:00hrs tomorrow morning. There may be out of bank flooding affecting access on roads, cycle tracks and footpaths along most of the river valley. No significant rain is forecast over the next 24hrs so flood conditions are likely to improve after 12:00hrs tomorrow. Property is not currently expected to flood. Bembridge sluice will be tide locked overnight giving the river little opportunity to drain so additional ponded water will be seen on the marshes. This will not affect property. We continue to monitor levels. Please ensure flood protection and pumps are installed and operating. This Flood Alert will be updated on Monday 27/08/2018 at 12:00hrs.


Flood Alert issued on 2 Apr 2018 20:02
Eastern Yar
Although the heaviest rain has passed, there will be some intense showers affecting the catchment overnight before a mainly dry Tuesday. Water levels in the Eastern Yar will recede slowly in the upper catchment but continue to rise in the lower Sandown to Bembridge reaches. At Alverstone water levels are past their peak, but at Sandown the river won’t peak until later this evening. Levels are generally slightly lower than experienced on Saturday. Out of bank flooding affecting roads, access, cycle tracks and footpaths including Golf Links Road and Moreton Common Road, Sandown is expected. Drainage ditches around Fort Holiday Park may also be impacted. Please ensure flood protection and pumps are installed and operating. We have checked Bembridge sluice is operating normally. We are monitoring levels and will update this Flood Alert by 10:00 on 03/04/2018.


Flood Alert issued on 2 Apr 2018 08:34
Eastern Yar
March has been much wetter than average and more than half a month’s rain has fallen in the last 4 days (40mm recorded at Knighton). Water levels in the Eastern Yar are high and continue to rise. Rain will continue to affect the river until 10:00 this morning. At Alverstone, water levels will increase until at least 13:00 today. At Sandown, the river won’t peak until much later on tonight. Levels will be a little higher than experienced on Saturday. Out of bank flooding affecting roads, access, cycle tracks and footpaths including Golf Links Road and Moreton Common Road, Sandown is expected. Drainage ditches around Fort Holiday Park may also be impacted. Please ensure flood protection and pumps are installed and operating. We have checked Bembridge sluice is operating normally. We are monitoring levels and will update this Flood Alert by 20:00 on 02/04/2018