Flood Alert Info - The Rattlesden River and River Gipping, through and including Stowmarket and Needham Market

Area Description

The Rattlesden River and River Gipping, through and including Stowmarket and Needham Market.
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 30 Jan 2021 09:57
Rattlesden River, Gipping
This message has been issued because some minor flooding to low lying land, roads and riverside areas is likely through today, Saturday 30th January 2021. River levels remain high in response to recent rainfall. The forecast is for some heavy rainfall this morning, and into this afternoon, Saturday 30th January, with no further significant rain forecast tomorrow. Take care on riverside footpaths, and don't put yourself in unnecessary danger. We are monitoring the situation, and will update this message at 9am tomorrow.


Flood Alert issued on 29 Jan 2021 07:47
Rattlesden River, Gipping
This message has been issued because some minor flooding to low lying land, roads and riverside areas is likely through today, Friday 29th January 2021. River levels are currently high, but are expected to start to drop back down to more normal levels later today. We are not currently expecting the situation to escalate, or to issue any further warning messages at this time. The forecast is for continued unsettled weather over the next couple of days. Take care on riverside footpaths, and don't put yourself in unnecessary danger. We are monitoring the situation, and will update this message as necessary.


Flood Alert issued on 28 Jan 2021 16:46
Rattlesden River, Gipping
This message has been issued because some minor flooding to low lying land, roads and riverside areas is likely overnight tonight, Thursday 28th January. River levels remain high, due to high groundwater levels as the water moves through the catchment in response to recent rainfall. We are not currently expecting the situation to escalate, or to issue any further warning messages at this time. The forecast is for some heavy rainfall this evening Thursday 28th January, with no further significant rain forecast tomorrow. Take care on riverside footpaths, and don't put yourself in unnecessary danger. We are monitoring the situation, and will update this message as necessary.


Flood Alert issued on 28 Jan 2021 07:18
Rattlesden River, Gipping
This message has been issued because some minor flooding to low lying land, roads and riverside areas is likely through today, Thursday 28th January 2021. River levels are reacting in response to the current rainfall. It is likely that we may need to issue more warning messages for a wider area, over the next few hours. The forecast is for rainfall to continue through today with further heavy outbreaks to follow this evening. Flood water is dangerous. Don't put yourself or others at risk. We are monitoring the situation, and will update this message by 18:00 today, Thursday 28th January.


Flood Alert issued on 17 Jan 2021 08:00
Rattlesden River, Gipping
This message has been issued because some minor flooding to low-lying land, roads and riverside areas is likely throughout today, and into this evening Sunday, 17th January. River levels are remaining high as the water moves through the system in response to the recent rainfall and snow melt. We are not currently expecting the situation to escalate. The forecast is for dry conditions today and through until tomorrow afternoon where further rainfall is expected. Take care on riverside footpaths, and don't put yourself in unnecessary danger. We are closely monitoring the situation and will update this message as necessary, and no later than 6pm on Sunday 17th January.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Jan 2021 18:48
Rattlesden River, Gipping
This message has been issued because some minor flooding to low lying land, roads and riverside areas is likely overnight tonight, Saturday 16th January 2021. River levels still remain high and are responsive to further rainfall and snowmelt. The forecast is for a dry day tomorrow, Sunday 17th January 2021, followed by further rainfall from Monday. Take care on riverside footpaths, and don't put yourself in unnecessary danger. We are monitoring the situation, and will update this message by 09:00 Sunday 17th January 2021.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Jan 2021 07:45
Rattlesden River, Gipping
This message has been issued because some minor flooding to low-lying land, roads and riverside areas is likely throughout today, Saturday 16th January. River levels are beginning to drop, but will remain responsive to further rainfall. We are not currently expecting the situation to escalate. The forecast is for persistent rain and snow showers this morning, with more settled weather for later today and tomorrow. Flood water is dangerous. Don't put yourself or others at risk. We are closely monitoring the situation and will update this message as necessary, and no later than 6pm on Saturday 16th January.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Jan 2021 19:50
Rattlesden River, Gipping
This message has been issued because some minor flooding to low lying land, roads and riverside areas is likely today, Friday 15th January 2021 and over the next few days. River levels are beginning to drop, but will remain responsive to further rainfall. The forecast is for a cold dry night tonight, Friday 15th January 2021. Snow is expected to fall during tomorrow which could further elevate levels. Sunday and Monday are likely to remain dry before another weather front crosses the country on Tuesday. Take care on riverside footpaths, and don't put yourself in unnecessary danger. We are monitoring the situation, and will update this message by 9:00 on Saturday 16th January 2021.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Jan 2021 09:21
Rattlesden River, Gipping
This message has been issued because some minor flooding to low-lying land, roads and riverside areas is likely over the next few hours and into this evening, Friday 15th January. River levels are high and continue to rise in response to the recent rainfall working its way through the system. We are not currently expecting the situation to escalate, or to issue any further warning messages at this time. The forecast is for dry conditions today, which will allow upstream river levels to lower, however further heavy rainfall is expected throughout Saturday. Flood water is dangerous. Don't put yourself or others at risk. We are closely monitoring the situation and will update this message as necessary, and no later than 6pm on Friday 15th January.


Flood Alert issued on 14 Jan 2021 20:56
Rattlesden River, Gipping
This message has been issued because some minor flooding to low lying land, roads and riverside areas is likely tonight, Thursday 14th January 2021. River levels are currently high, but are expected to start to drop overnight. The forecast is for more settled weather tomorrow which should allow river levels to fall, however more rain is expected Saturday. Take care on riverside footpaths, and don't put yourself in unnecessary danger. We are monitoring the situation, and will update this message by 10:00, Friday 15th January 2021.


Flood Alert issued on 14 Jan 2021 07:35
Rattlesden River, Gipping
This message has been issued because some minor flooding to low-lying land, roads and riverside areas is likely over the next few hours and into this evening, Thursday 14th January. River levels are high and expected to continue to rise in response to the rainfall. It is likely that we may need to issue more warning messages for a wider area, over the next few hours. The forecast is for persistent rain this morning and into the afternoon, more settled on Friday but with further rainfall on Saturday. Flood water is dangerous. Don't put yourself or others at risk. We are closely monitoring the situation and will update this message as necessary, and no later than 6pm on Thursday 14 January.


Flood Alert issued on 25 Dec 2020 07:34
Rattlesden River, Gipping
This message has been issued because some minor flooding to low-lying land, roads and riverside areas is likely for Friday 25th December. River levels are beginning to drop, but will remain responsive to further rainfall. The forecast is for continued unsettled weather over the next couple of days. Be ready to take action to protect your property if flooding is expected. We are closely monitoring the situation and will update this message by 11am tomorrow morning.


Flood Alert issued on 24 Dec 2020 18:52
Rattlesden River, Gipping
This message has been issued because some minor flooding to low lying land, roads and riverside areas is likely through the evening and overnight into Friday 25th December. River levels are beginning to drop, but will remain responsive to further rainfall. The forecast is for dry conditions today, which will allow river levels to start returning to normal. Be ready to take action to protect your property if flooding is expected. We are monitoring the situation, and will update this message as necessary.


Flood Alert issued on 24 Dec 2020 11:07
Rattlesden River, Gipping
This message has been issued because some minor flooding to low lying land, roads and riverside areas is likely throughout today, Thursday 24th December. River levels are currently high, but are expected to start to drop back down to more normal levels later today following the rain overnight. We are not currently expecting the situation to escalate. The forecast is for showers today moving into more settled weather over the next few days. Flood water is dangerous. Don't put yourself or others at risk. We are closely monitoring the situation and will update this message as necessary by 6pm on Thursday 24th December


Flood Alert issued on 23 Dec 2020 15:18
Rattlesden River, Gipping
This message has been issued because some minor flooding to low lying land, roads and riverside areas is likely today, Wednesday 23rd December. River levels are expected to continue to rise. It is likely that we may need to issue more warning messages for a wider area, over the next few hours. The forecast is for persistant rainfall throughout today and into this evening. Take care on riverside footpaths and don't put yourself in unnecessary danger. We are monitoring the situation, and will update this message as necessary.


Flood Alert issued on 4 Dec 2020 15:47
Rattlesden River, Gipping
This message has been issued because some minor flooding to low lying land, roads and riverside areas is likely over the next few hours and into this evening, Friday 4th December. River levels are currently high due to today's rainfall, and are expected to remain high overnight. We are not currently expecting the situation to escalate, or to issue any further warning messages at this time. The forecast is for further light rainfall tomorrow, Saturday 5th December. Take care on riverside footpaths, and don't put yourself in unnecessary danger. We are closely monitoring the situation and will update this message by 10am tomorrow, Saturday 5th December.


Flood Alert issued on 4 Dec 2020 07:39
Rattlesden River, Gipping
This message has been issued because some minor flooding to low lying land, roads and riverside areas is likely over the next few hours and into this afternoon, Friday the 4th of December. River levels are currently high due to the overnight rainfall, but are expected to start to drop back down to more normal levels later today. It is likely that we may need to issue more warning messages for a wider area, over the next few hours. The forecast is for further light rainfall this morning and through Saturday the 5th of December. Take care on riverside footpaths, and don't put yourself in unnecessary danger. We are monitoring the situation, and will update this message by 3pm today, Friday the 4th of December.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Feb 2020 17:35
Rattlesden River, Gipping
This message has been issued because there is a possibility of some minor flooding to low lying land, roads and riverside areas. Rain is now starting to clear from the region, Sunday 16th February 2020, with only scattered showers forecast overnight into tomorrow. River levels are rising in response to recent rainfall. The forecast is for showers to get more scattered and less intense. Take care on riverside footpaths and don't put yourself in unnecessary danger. We are monitoring the situation and will update this message as necessary.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Dec 2019 12:50
Rattlesden River, Gipping
This message has been issued because there is a possibility of some minor flooding to low lying land, roads and riverside areas. River levels are beginning to drop but will remain responsive to further rainfall. The forecast is for rain showers this afternoon with some heavier rain overnight and into tomorrow morning. Flood water is dangerous. Don't put yourself or others at risk. We are monitoring the situation and will update this message as necessary.


Flood Alert issued on 20 Dec 2019 08:30
Rattlesden River, Gipping
This message has been issued because there may be some issues with surface water flooding and difficult driving conditions. The rivers are reacting quickly and rising sharply in response to the rainfall. The forecast is for further light rain during today, Friday 20 December 2019. Further showers are forecast for tomorrow, but these are not expected to be heavy. Take care on riverside footpaths and don't put yourself in unnecessary danger. We are closely monitoring the situation.


Flood Alert issued on 27 Nov 2019 10:26
Rattlesden River, Gipping
This message has been issued because there is a possibility of some minor flooding to low lying land and roads throughout today, Wednesday 27th November 2019. River levels are currently high following the overnight rain and will remain responsive to further rainfall. We are not currently expecting the situation to escalate, or to issue any further warning messages for this area at this time. The forecast is for showers to get more scattered and less intense through the day as we move into more settled weather. Take care on riverside footpaths and don't put yourself in unnecessary danger. We are monitoring the situation and will update this message as necessary.


Flood Alert issued on 2 Apr 2018 17:28
Rattlesden River, Gipping
This message has been issued because of the steady rainfall today, Monday 2nd April. This means that we are currently seeing higher river levels than normal in the River Gipping, particularly around Stowmarket, where levels will continue to rise slowly for the next few hours. The forecast is for no significant rainfall on Monday evening into Tuesday. We are expecting river levels to rise, stabilise and remain high for the next 12 hours. There is the possibility of some minor flooding to low lying land, roads and riverside gardens. Take care on riverside footpaths and don't put yourself in any unnecessary danger. We will continue to closely monitor levels and update this message as necessary.


Flood Alert issued on 2 Apr 2018 10:12
Rattlesden River, Gipping
This message has been issued because of steady rainfall today, Monday 2nd April. This means that river levels are now rising in response to recent rainfall. The forecast is for continued rain until midday. We are expecting river levels to rise before peaking this afternoon and slowly falling in the early evening. There is the possibility of some minor flooding to low lying land, roads and riverside gardens. Take care on riverside footpaths and don't put yourself in any unnecessary danger. We will continue to closely monitor levels and update this message as necessary.


Flood Alert issued on 22 Jan 2018 09:07
Rattlesden River, Gipping
This message has been issued because of the steady rainfall over the last few days. This means that river levels are remaining higher than normal as watercourses continue to react to the recent rainfall. The forecast is for a period of unsettled weather with scattered showers through the day and further heavier rain during Wednesday. We are expecting river levels to remain high today and react to any further rain. Property flooding due to high river levels is not expected, but there may be some issues with surface water flooding. We will continue to closely monitor levels and update this message as necessary.