Flood Alert Info - River Biss catchment

Area Description

River Biss and tributaries between Westbury and Trowbridge.
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 16 Feb 2020 16:29
River Biss
River levels are now falling at Trowbridge Paxcroft river gauge following heavy rainfall over the weekend associated with Storm Dennis. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for the Westbury Road (A363) at Yarnbrook, Hawkeridge Road at Horse Bridge, Shallow Wagon Lane at Heywood and West Ashton Road at Trowbridge. Further isolated and at times, heavy rainfall showers are forecast over the next 8 hours. River levels can rise quickly in response to further rainfall. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded and see the GOV.UK website for a 5 day flood forecast. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, Monday 17/02/20, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Feb 2020 09:30
River Biss
River levels are currently rising at the Trowbridge Paxcroft river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall associated with Storm Dennis overnight. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for the Westbury Road (A363) at Yarnbrook, Hawkeridge Road at Horse Bridge, Shallow Wagon Lane at Heywood and West Ashton Road at Trowbridge. Further heavy and at times, persistent rainfall is forecast over the next 8 hours. River levels can rise quickly in response to further rainfall. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded and see the GOV.UK website for a 5 day flood forecast. This message will be updated this afternoon, Sunday 16/02/20, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Feb 2020 15:35
River Biss
River levels have risen at the Trowbridge Paxcroft river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall this afternoon, Saturday 15/02/20. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for the Westbury Road (A363) at Yarnbrook, Hawkeridge Road at Horse Bridge, Shallow Wagon Lane at Heywood and West Ashton Road at Trowbridge. Further rainfall associated with Storm Dennis, sometimes heavy and persistent, is forecast over the next 12 hours. River levels can rise quickly in response to further rainfall. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking defences and clearing weed screens. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded and see the GOV.UK website for a 5 day flood forecast. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, Sunday 16/02/20, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 19 Dec 2019 21:47
River Biss
River levels began rising again at midday on Thursday the 19th of December at the Trowbridge Paxcroft river gauge as a result of the heavy rainfall. Consequently, the risk of flooding remains. Further light rainfall is forecast overnight on Thursday 19th and into Friday 20th of December. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for the Westbury Road (A363) at Yarnbrook, Hawkeridge Road at Horse Bridge, Shallow Wagon Lane at Heywood and West Ashton Road at Trowbridge. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are clearing weed screens. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and see the GOV.UK website for a 5 day flood forecast. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 20/12/19, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 19 Dec 2019 11:43
River Biss
River levels remain high but are beginning to fall at the Trowbridge Paxcroft river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, the risk of flooding is reducing. Further showery rainfall is forecast over the next 12 hours. River levels are falling, but still pose a flood risk and could rise in response to the showery rainfall forecast. We do not forecast the situation to deteriorate any further in response to this. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for the Westbury Road (A363) at Yarnbrook, Hawkeridge Road at Horse Bridge, Shallow Wagon Lane at Heywood and West Ashton Road at Trowbridge. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are clearing weed screens. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and see the GOV.UK website for a 5 day flood forecast. This message will be updated this evening, 19/12/19, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 18 Dec 2019 16:35
River Biss
River levels are forecast to rise at the Trowbridge river gauge as a result of heavy and persistent rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible between 06:00 and 13:00 tomorrow, 19/12/2019. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for the Westbury Road (A363) at Yarnbrook, Hawkeridge Road at Horse Bridge, Shallow Wagon Lane at Heywood and West Ashton Road at Trowbridge. Further heavy showers are forecast over the next 48 hours. We expect river levels to remain high until the weekend. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking defences and clearing weed screens. 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, 19/12/2019, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Dec 2019 10:19
River Biss
River levels have risen at the Trowbridge Paxcroft river gauge as a result of persistent heavy rainfall and remain high. Consequently, the risk of flooding remains. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for the Westbury Road (A363) at Yarnbrook, Hawkeridge Road at Horse Bridge, Shallow Wagon Lane at Heywood and West Ashton Road at Trowbridge. No rainfall is forecast for today 16/12/2019 and 17/12/2019 but river levels can rise rapidly and with the very wet ground still pose a flood risk. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking and clearing weed screens. Please stay aware in case further warnings are issued. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 17/12/2019, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Dec 2019 21:14
River Biss
River levels are forecast to rise at the Trowbridge river gauge as a result of heavy showery rainfall this evening. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible between 21:30 today and 01:00 tomorrow, 16/12/19. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for the Westbury Road (A363) at Yarnbrook, Hawkeridge Road at Horse Bridge, Shallow Wagon Lane at Heywood and West Ashton Road at Trowbridge. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are clearing weed screens. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded and stay aware in case further warnings are issued. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 16/12/19, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 28 Sep 2019 18:44
River Biss
River levels are forecast to rise at the Trowbridge Paxcroft river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of property/roads and farmland is possible between 7:30pm this evening and 11am tomorrow, 29/09/19. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for the Westbury Road (A363) at Yarnbrook, Hawkeridge Road at Horse Bridge, Shallow Wagon Lane at Heywood and West Ashton Road at Trowbridge. Further heavy rainfall is forecast. River levels can rise very quickly in response to heavy rainfall. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please consider installing property flood resilience equipment and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. Please stay aware in case further warnings are issued. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 29/09/2019, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Jan 2018 16:04
River Biss
Persistent rain has been falling since 06:00 on Sunday causing river levels to rise. River levels on the River Biss at Trowbridge and Paxcroft Brook at Trowbridge are rising. Rain is forecast to continue until about 17:00 on Sunday.


Flood Alert issued on 10 Dec 2017 12:31
River Biss
Up to 21 mm of rain has fallen since midnight on 10/12/2017 with some parts of Wiltshire also receiving some accumulation of snow. Upto 4mm of rainfall is expected later this afternoon and evening. River levels on the Paxcroft Brook at Trowbridge are rising and may rise further in response to snow melt and forecast rain.