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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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 23 Jan 2021 10:52
Western Rother
The Western Rother at Lodsbridge and Fittleworth is falling steadily but levels remain elevated. There was only a small amount of rain yesterday, and today (Saturday 23/1/2021) will be dry. River levels will continue to fall closer to normal as a result. The forecast for Sunday 24/1/2021 is for frontal rain but this is not expected to bring significant totals. Further rainfall is also expected in the coming week. At Liss, Sheet, Iping, Stedham and Midhurst, river levels have already fallen to a similar level as before Wednesday’s heavy rain and will fall further today. Please plan to avoid driving through roads prone to flooding, including those through Lodsbridge and Fittleworth. Please remain prepared for flooding while river levels are higher than usual. We will continue to monitor the levels and the forecast. We will update this message by 12:00 on 24/1/2021.


Flood Alert issued on 22 Jan 2021 11:14
Western Rother
The Western Rother remains high in Lodsbridge and Fittleworth following Wednesday’s rainfall. Levels there are now falling and will gradually return to normal over the weekend. The forecast is for predominantly dry weather but with some showers expected today (Friday 22/1/2021) and over the weekend. These will not bring any significant rainfall totals. At Liss, Sheet, Iping, Stedham and Midhurst, river levels have already fallen nearer to normal since yesterday. Please plan to avoid driving through roads prone to flooding, including those through Lodsbridge and Fittleworth. Please remain prepared for flooding while river levels are high. We will continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 12:00 on 23/1/2021.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Jan 2021 17:42
Western Rother
The Western Rother is high and still rising in Fittleworth. River levels should begin to fall here by 01:00 Friday 22/1/2021, and will be very close to Fittleworth Mill and nearby properties. At Lodsbridge near Selham, river levels are slowly falling, but are still high enough to be affecting fields, gardens and rural roads. In Liss, Sheet, Iping, Stedham and Midhurst, river levels have already fallen to near normal. Despite Thursday evening and Friday being forecast to stay mostly dry, the river is still likely to be higher than normal in Fittleworth until Sunday. Periods of rain might affect West Sussex Friday evening and Saturday, which could potentially increase flood risk again. Please remain prepared for the risk of flooding and take action to reduce the impact of flood water affecting property in Fittleworth. We will continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 12:00 on 22/1/2021.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Jan 2021 09:29
Western Rother
The Western Rother is high and still rising in Fittleworth. River levels could continue rising here until 18:00 Thursday evening, and will be very close to Fittleworth Mill and nearby properties. At Lodsbridge near Selham, river levels are high, but are not expected to rise significantly further, before beginning to fall by midday Thursday. At Liss, Sheet, Iping, Stedham and Midhurst river levels are already falling and with Thursday and Friday forecast to stay mostly dry, should return nearer to normal by Thursday evening. At Fittleworth and Lodsbridge river levels could remain high until the weekend. Please plan to avoid driving through roads prone to flooding, including those through Iping, Stedham, Lodsbridge and Fittleworth. Please take action to reduce the impact of flood water affecting property in Fittleworth. We will continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 20:00 on 21/1/2021.


Flood Alert issued on 20 Jan 2021 18:20
Western Rother
Tuesday's rain has been heavier than expected, and is not forecast to clear until 23:00. River levels are high and rising all along the Western Rother. From 21:00 20/1/2021 flooding will approach properties on Mill Lane and Old Mill Lane, Sheet and on Station Road next to railway, Liss. From 01:00 21/1/2021 flooding could affect gardens in Iping, near Iping Mill as well as Iping Lane and Stedham Lane. From 00:00 21/1/2021 flooding could affect isolated Mill properties in Midhurst, at Lodsbridge and Fittleworth. Properties near Lickfold Bridge, Highstead Lane and at Halfway Bridge on the Lod could also be affected. Flows could exceed those of recent years. Thursday and Friday will be dry, allowing the river to fall by 16:00 Thursday 21/1/2021, but many locations will stay higher than normal until the weekend. Please plan to avoid driving through roads prone to flooding suggested in this message. We continue to monitor the levels. We will update this message by 12:00 21/1/2021.


Flood Alert issued on 20 Jan 2021 10:25
Western Rother
Less rain fell overnight than was expected. River levels are still rising between Midhurst and Fittleworth, but are not as high as they could have been. Light rain will continue most of Wednesday, with a heavier band of rain predicted about 21:00 Wednesday 20/01/2021. River levels at Lodsbridge and Fittleworth will continue to slowly rise by a small amount, potentially through to Thursday evening. It is possible the river could begin to approach isolated mill properties at Lodsbridge near Selham and in Fittleworth from 09:00 on Thursday 21/01/2021. River levels in all other communities along the Western Rother are not currently predicted to rise high enough to flood properties, but minor flood impacts could still affect fields, rural roads and gardens. Please remain prepared for flooding and plan to avoid driving through routes susceptible to flooding, including in Iping and Stedham. We will continue to monitor the forecast and will update this message by 21:00 on 20/01/2021.


Flood Alert issued on 19 Jan 2021 18:51
Western Rother
We are issuing this message early, to provide preparation time for communities. Persistent rain is forecast between Tuesday evening and Thursday. If as much rain falls as predicted, from 10:00 Wednesday 20/01/2021, flooding is possible at Lodsbridge near Selham and in Fittleworth. Flood water could approach isolated mill properties in these locations and affect fields, rural roads and gardens along much of the Western Rother. The rain should clear by the early hours of Thursday. River levels should fall shortly afterwards between Liss and Midhurst, but not until Thursday evening downstream near Fittleworth, where river levels could be higher than normal until the weekend. Please take action to reduce potential impacts at Lodsbridge and Fittleworth and plan to avoid driving through routes susceptible to flooding, including in Iping and Stedham. We will monitor the forecast, issue Flood Warnings if property flooding is expected, and will update this message by 16:00 20/01/2021.


Flood Alert issued on 29 Dec 2020 13:27
Western Rother
The Western Rother at Fittleworth remains high following Storm Bella and rainfall on Monday, but will fall Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday. Although river levels remain high we do not expect property impacts. Minor flood impacts could continue to impact gardens, fields and rural roads. Apart from an isolated shower, Tuesday is forecast to stay dry. Flood impacts should continue to slowly ease through Tuesday. However, rain is forecast for Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday. There is significant uncertainty in the amount of rain, where it will fall, and also if some of the rain might instead fall as snow. The possibility remains of heavy rain and the risk of flooding of properties at the end of the week, so please keep property level protection products in place and take precautions to reduce potential flood impacts over the coming days. We continue to monitor river levels and forecasts, and will update this message by 18:00 30/12/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 28 Dec 2020 11:59
Western Rother
River levels between Lodsbridge and Fittleworth remain high. Minor flood impacts affecting fields and gardens are expected to continue between Midhurst and Fittleworth. Rain is forecast Monday. The river will rise again late Monday afternoon and evening (28/12/2020) and remain high through Tuesday (29/12/2020) at Lodsbridge and Fittleworth, but not as high as Sunday, because we expect less rain than Storm Bella. Additional flooding of properties is not expected today or tomorrow, unless rain is heavier than predicted. A dry Tuesday should allow flood impacts to ease. However, with potentially heavy rainfall on Wednesday and Thursday, please stay prepared for the risk of flooding to return this week. Please continue to take actions to reduce flood impacts. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 14:00 29/12/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 27 Dec 2020 18:54
Western Rother
Minor flood impacts are expected to continue to affect locations between Midhurst and Fittleworth until at least Monday. Following Storm Bella's heavy rain Sunday morning, river levels at Lodsbridge are still high, and are expected to continue rising until about 23:00 27/12/2020, approaching mill buildings at that time. River levels at Fittleworth could continue rising until 11:00 Monday 28/12/2020, with water in fields and gardens. River levels in Liss and Sheet have already returned to near normal. In Iping water levels are slowly falling from their peak. Sunday night should stay dry. Monday's weather forecast is still uncertain, but the latest indications suggest a drier day than previously forecast. Which will enable river levels to fall and flood impacts to ease Monday. The remainder of the week looks largely dry too. Please continue to take actions to reduce flood impacts. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 15:00 28/12/2020


Flood Alert issued on 27 Dec 2020 07:49
Western Rother
Storm Bella has brought 20mm of rain. The Western Rother is high and rising. From 08:30 27/12/2020 flooding could affect fields, rural roads, gardens and approach properties on Mill Lane and Old Mill Lane, Sheet and Station Road, Liss. From 10:00 flooding could affect gardens in Iping and Iping Lane and Stedham Lane, Stedham. From 11:00 27/12/2020 flood water will approach properties at Lodsbridge, near Selham and Fittleworth Mill, and nearby properties in Fittleworth. Rain should clear by 09:00, leaving a largely dry Sunday. River levels should begin to fall by 18:00 in Iping, earlier in Liss. River levels will not begin to fall until Monday at Lodsbridge or Fittleworth. More rain is forecast Monday and will keep river levels high into next week and possibly increase flood risk. Early actions to reduce potential impacts at Lodsbridge and Fittleworth are encouraged. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 22:00 27/12/2020


Flood Alert issued on 23 Dec 2020 07:53
Western Rother
River levels are near normal, but rising by a very small amount, between Liss and Iping. At Lodsbridge near Selham and Fittleworth, river levels are still high, but are slowly falling. A few rain showers are possible Wednesday, but not the large amounts of rain we have previously forecast. We do not currently think river levels in any community on the Western Rother will rise significantly higher than they have been in recent days. Minor flood impacts of water in fields, gardens and on rural roads will remain in and near Fittleworth. Thursday to Saturday should stay mostly dry, which will allow river levels upstream of Iping to return to normal by Thursday afternoon. It might not be until late Saturday that river levels in Fittleworth are significantly lower. Please plan to avoid driving through routes susceptible to flooding. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 14:00 24/12/2020


Flood Alert issued on 22 Dec 2020 15:36
Western Rother
River levels are now stable, slowly falling or near normal along the Western Rother. Minor flood impacts, with water in fields, gardens and on rural roads, will remain, through to at least Wednesday in Fittleworth and at Lodsbridge near Selham. Tuesday afternoon until Wednesday morning should stay predominantly dry, and river levels should slowly fall. The weather forecast for Wednesday is uncertain. It looks like it will rain, and river levels will rise. But we are not sure how high. It is possible a lot of rain could fall Wednesday, with the potential to cause significant flooding, all along the Western Rother. Flood impacts could last until Friday. We would encourage early precautionary actions to help reduce potential flood impacts in all communities, but especially between Midhurst and Fittleworth. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message with details about Wednesday by 15:00 23/12/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Dec 2020 19:29
Western Rother
River levels are still very high, and now rising again in Fittleworth, following Monday morning's rain. Water could be very close to Fittleworth Mill and nearby properties from 09:00 22/12/2020. Flood water will approach Lodsbridge Mill, but should not enter property. Flooding of property is not currently expected at any other location along the Western Rother, from Liss to Midhurst., although minor impacts affecting fields roads and gardens will remain. Light rain should clear eastwards by 23:00 Monday, leaving a predominantly dry day Tuesday, with river levels stabilising and slowly falling. However, Wednesday could be very wet, with the potential for significant flooding in all communities of the Western Rother. We would encourage early precautionary actions to help reduce potential flood impacts in all communities, but especially between Midhurst and Fittleworth. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 19:00 22/12/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Dec 2020 10:51
Western Rother
River levels are now rising along the Western Rother, following rain this morning and last night. River levels should peak by Monday evening in Liss, Sheet, Iping, Stedham and Midhurst, and property flooding is not currently expected in these communities. However, from 01:00 Tuesday 22/12/2020, flood water could approach isolated mill properties at Lodsbridge near Selham and Fittleworth. Further showers are possible Monday evening, which could extend the river rise further into Tuesday. Tuesday should be largely dry, but Wednesday could be very wet, with the potential for significant flooding in all communities of the Western Rother. We would encourage early precautionary actions to help reduce potential flood impacts in all communities, but especially between Midhurst and Fittleworth. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 21:00 21/12/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 20 Dec 2020 18:56
Western Rother
The Western Rother is stable, falling or normal between Liss and Lodsbridge, but still slowly rising at Fittleworth. Light rain from 00:00 Monday until Monday afternoon will cause the Western Rother to rise again. If as much rain falls as predicted, from 14:00 21/12/2020 flooding will affect fields, rural roads, gardens and approach Fittleworth Mill and nearby properties. Lodsbridge Mill could also be affected. While the river will also rise between Liss and Midhurst, property flooding is not currently expected in, or between those communities. The river should initially peak around 14:00 Monday in Liss, 18:00 in Iping, but not until Tuesday at Lodsbridge and Fittleworth. With heavy rain also possible Monday evening and Wednesday, flood risk could persist or even increase over the week ahead. Early actions to reduce potential impacts at Lodsbridge and Fittleworth are encouraged. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 12:00 21/12/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Dec 2020 18:49
Western Rother
Less rain fell on Wednesday afternoon than was predicted. River levels have begun rising in Liss, and will rise by a small amount along the length of the Western Rother overnight into Thursday. However, river levels should not rise as high as they were on Monday or Tuesday in any community. Flooding to properties is not expected, but minor impacts affecting fields will continue to affect Fittleworth. The river should begin to fall from 22:00 16/12/2020 in Liss and Sheet, and from 03:00 in Iping and Stedham. It might take until 12:00 Thursday 17/12/2020 for water levels to fall at Lodsbridge near Selham and Fittleworth. Only very small amounts of rain is predicted Thursday, but further rain could be possible Friday afternoon. Early actions to reduce potential impacts at Lodsbridge and Fittleworth are encouraged. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 11:00 17/12/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Dec 2020 10:23
Western Rother
River levels are still high in Fittleworth, but are now slowly falling. River levels at Lodsbridge near Selham have fallen further, but also remain higher than normal. River levels in Liss, Iping and Midhurst are normal. 10mm of rain is possible Wednesday afternoon. If rainfall predictions are accurate, river levels will rise all along the Western Rother Wednesday evening, but property flooding is not currently expected in Liss, Sheet, Iping or Midhurst. Minor flood impacts will continue to affect Lodsbridge near Selham and Fittleworth, with water in fields, on rural roads and in gardens and approaching isolated properties from 12:00 Thursday 17/12/2020. More rain and further river response is expected Friday, with river levels elevated into next week. Early actions to reduce potential impacts at Lodsbridge and Fittleworth are encouraged. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 21:00 16/12/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Dec 2020 09:36
Western Rother
River levels are still higher than normal between Midhurst and Fittleworth following 30mm of rain since Sunday. However, river levels did not rise as high as we thought, and will stabilise and then slowly fall during Tuesday. Forecasts remain dry for today, but there is up to 20mm of rain forecast for Wednesday 16/12/2020 and more Friday 18/12/2020, which could cause river levels to rise again from Wednesday evening. Only minimal impacts are expected but if we receive higher totals Wednesday and Friday, flooding could affect fields, rural roads, gardens and approach properties at Lodsbridge, near Selham and at Fittleworth Mill. On Friday, flooding is also possible in Liss, Sheet, Iping or Midhurst, but not expected in those locations today or Wednesday, with river levels already falling. Early actions to reduce potential impacts at Lodsbridge and Fittleworth are encouraged. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 14:00 16/12/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 14 Dec 2020 21:20
Western Rother
The Western Rother is high and rising steadily between Midhurst and Fittleworth. Over 30mm of rain has been recorded in the last 48 hours, a significant amount after a wet Autumn. From 06:00 15/12/2020, minor flooding could affect fields, rural roads, gardens and approach properties at Lodsbridge, near Selham and at Fittleworth Mill, and nearby properties in Fittleworth. Property flooding is not expected in Liss, where river levels are already falling, or in Sheet, Iping or Midhurst, where river levels should peak by 23:00 14/12/2020. With overnight and Tuesday forecast to be dry, the river should begin to fall at Lodsbridge by 16:00 Tuesday 15/12/2020. But, more rain Wednesday and Friday could keep water levels higher than normal for a week, particularly in communities closest to Fittleworth. Early actions to reduce potential impacts at Lodsbridge and Fittleworth are encouraged. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 11:00 15/12/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 17 Nov 2020 11:33
Western Rother
The Western Rother has returned to near normal levels in Liss, Sheet, Iping, Stedham and Midhurst and has fallen significantly at Lodsbridge near Selham. Although slowly falling, river levels in Fittleworth remain very high, and will likely remain higher than normal until Friday. Flooding will continue to affect fields, rural roads, gardens and near mill properties in Fittleworth. The forecast is for relatively dry weather this week, but with rain forecast Friday (20/11/2020), river levels could rise again over the weekend. Please keep flood protection products installed in Lodsbridge and Fittleworth, if you have them and avoid driving through roads prone to flooding. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 14:00 on 18/11/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Nov 2020 20:01
Western Rother
The Western Rother has now started to fall, but remains high between Midhurst and Fittleworth, following heavy rain on Sunday. Flooding will continue to affect fields, rural roads, gardens and mill properties at Lodsbridge near Selham and in Fittleworth. The forecast is for relatively dry weather until Friday (20/11/2020), which will allow the river to continue to fall. In Liss and Iping river levels have returned to near normal, however, while river levels are now slowly falling between Midhurst and Fittleworth, they may not return to near normal until Thursday (19/11/2020). Please keep flood protection products installed in Lodsbridge and Fittleworth, if you have them, and avoid driving through roads prone to flooding. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 12:00 on 17/11/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Nov 2020 10:48
Western Rother
The Western Rother has now started to fall, but remains high, following heavy rain on Sunday. River levels are continuing to fall between Liss and Iping, where flooding is not expected, but are now reaching peak levels between Midhurst and Fittleworth. Flooding will continue to affect fields, rural roads, gardens and mill properties at Lodsbridge, near Selham and in Fittleworth. The forecast is for relatively dry weather until Friday (20/11/2020), which will allow the river to continue to fall. In Liss and Iping river levels should return to near normal this evening (16/11/2020), but between Midhurst and Fittleworth although river levels are now falling they may not return to near normal until Thursday (19/11/2020). Please keep flood protection products installed in Lodsbridge and Fittleworth, if you have them and avoid driving through roads prone to flooding. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 21:00 16/11/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Nov 2020 15:32
Western Rother
The Western Rother remains high, following Sunday morning’s heavy rain. Nearly half a month’s worth of rain (40mm) has been measured in the past 48 hours. River levels are currently falling between Liss and Iping, where flooding is not expected, but are still slowly rising between Midhurst and Fittleworth. Flooding will continue to affect fields, rural roads and gardens. Internal flooding of mill properties at Lodsbridge near Selham and in Fittleworth could be possible, with river levels likely to continue to slowly rise until 07:00 on 16/11/2020. An additional 5mm of rain will fall by 18:00 Sunday, then the weather turns mostly dry until Wednesday. River levels should slowly fall during Monday, returning to more normal levels Tuesday 17/11/2020. Please keep flood protection products installed, if you have them and avoid driving through roads prone to flooding. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 11:00 16/11/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Nov 2020 06:57
Western Rother
The Western Rother is high and rising in response to 30mm of rainfall in the past 36 hours. From 11:00 this morning (15/11/2020) at Lodsbridge, near Selham, and from 16:00 at Fittleworth Mill, flood water will affect fields, rural roads and gardens and could approach mill properties. River levels between Liss and Midhurst are not expected to rise high enough to cause property flooding. Further periods of rain are expected Sunday afternoon, but Monday and Tuesday will be dry. River levels are likely to continue to slowly rise through Sunday. River levels will start to fall at Lodsbridge from 15:00 today (15/11/2020), but not until 12:00 on Monday (16/11/2020) in Fittleworth, returning to more normal levels by Tuesday 17/11/2020. Early actions to reduce potential impacts at Lodsbridge and Fittleworth are encouraged. Please avoid driving through roads prone to flooding. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. This message will be updated by 16:00 on Sunday 15/11/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 4 Oct 2020 19:51
Western Rother
Over a month’s rainfall has fallen since Friday. The Western Rother is high, particularly at Lodsbridge and Fittleworth. Minor flooding will be affecting fields, rural roads and be close to mill properties. The wet weather is now clearing to the east, and only small amounts of rain are predicted over the next few days. River levels at Lodsbridge and Fittleworth are not expected to rise significantly higher, and should begin to fall by 03:00 Monday 5/10/2020. While the river between Liss and Midhurst should return to a more normal level relatively quickly, it might take until Tuesday or Wednesday for the river level to fall significantly in Fittleworth. Rainfall on Thursday 8/10/2020 could see the river rise again. We’ll share more information in future messages if confidence of flood risk increases. Take care near flood water, as it can conceal hidden dangers. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 13:00 on Monday 5/10/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 4 Oct 2020 10:48
Western Rother
Minor flooding will be affecting fields and rural roads between Midhurst and Fittleworth, after a further 20mm of rain fell Saturday night and through the early hours of Sunday morning. We think the river will rise a small amount at Lodsbridge and Fittleworth during Sunday, perhaps a 10 to 30 centimetre increase on Saturday’s peak level. Flood water could be very close to Fittleworth Mill by 20:00 4/10/2020. Flood water will also approach Lodsbridge Mill, but internal flooding is currently thought less likely there. Further light rain Sunday should not prevent river levels all along the Western Rother falling during the early hours of Monday morning. River levels are already falling in Liss, and should start to fall, without affecting property, in Iping by 13:00 4/10/2020. We encourage early actions to reduce potential water damage to possessions at Lodsbridge and Fittleworth. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 21:00 on 4/10/2020.


Flood Alert issued on 3 Oct 2020 18:18
Western Rother
River levels are already high between Midhurst and Fittleworth, after a month’s rain fell on Friday. River levels will initially stabilise because Saturday has been dry, but further heavy rain is forecast from 19:00 this evening and through Sunday. If the rain occurs, river levels will rise again overnight, and could peak higher than recent days. From 10:00 Sunday flooding could affect fields, rural roads and a small number of properties at Lodsbridge near Selham, and also near Fittleworth Mill, Fittleworth. Peak river level might not occur until 17:00 Sunday 4/10/2020. Flooding could last until Monday 5/10/2020. Less rain is forecast next week. The river through Liss, Iping, Stedham and Midhurst, should rise and fall Sunday without property flooding in these locations. We encourage early actions to reduce potential water damage to possessions at Lodsbridge and Fittleworth. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 12:00 on 4/10/2020.


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.