Conservative led Wiltshire Council is advising that due to recent heavy rainfall, there are a number of areas in Wiltshire that are flooded or at risk of flooding.
As of 1pm on 15 January the following roads are currently closed:
- Atworth, Bradford Road
- B3107 Challeymead to Melksham
- B3105 Staverton Causeway
- B4069 Christian Malford
- Brokenborough, Park Road and Park Lane
- Kellaways, near Sutton Benger
- Lacock, Reybridge
- Lacock Bridge, Lacock Village to A342 Bowden hill
- Staverton, Toll Gate Road
- Warminster, Smallbrook Lane
- Westwood, Elms Cross Vineyard Road
Flood alerts are in place at:
- Lower Bristol, Avon
- Upper Bristol, Avon - Chippenham to Melksham
- Landford to Wade Bridge on the River Blackwater
- River Bourne and tributaries
- River Ebble and tributaries
- River Kennet and its tributaries from Berwick Bassett down to Newbury
- River Wylye and tributaries
- Sherston, Avon at Malmesbury
Further flood warnings have been issued for:
- Allen Vale at Sixpenny Handley (groundwater flooding)
- Middle Avon, Salisbury to Ringwood
- Middle Avon - properties on The Close adjacent to the river
- Middle Bristol, Avon - Melksham to Barford
- Middle Bristol, Avon - Bradford-on-Avon
- South Wiltshire Downs (groundwater flooding)
- Upper Bristol, Avon - Malmesbury to Chippenham
- Upper Thames above Cricklade
This information may change and there may be further flood warnings over the coming days.
People should also sign up for Environment Agency flood warnings at Sign up for flood warnings and be aware of what to do in the event of flooding emergencies at What to do in a flood - Check for flooding.
Wiltshire has an underlying bed rock of chalk which makes it more susceptible to groundwater flooding. Areas such as Salisbury Plain and Cranbourne Chase are at risk of groundwater flooding. Groundwater flooding can damage property and make access to properties challenging for a prolonged period, so it is important that people are prepared.
To help mitigate the impact of flooding in Wiltshire, Wiltshire Council is working closely with the Environment Agency, water companies, and town and parish councils through its network of flood wardens to ensure communities are as resilient as possible, and to help them prepare effectively.
Cllr Caroline Thomas, Cabinet Member for Transport, Street Scene and Flooding, said:
We have had a significant rainfall already this winter which is resulting in a number of road closures and flood alerts. With further prolonged periods of heavy rainfall forecast we may see the Environment Agency issue further river or groundwater flood alerts across the county.
We would advise all residents to sign up for the Environment Agency's flood alerts and know what to do in the event of flooding emergencies. Residents can also use our MyWilts app to report weather emergencies to us.
To find a parish's flood plan, people should search their parish council's website.