FLOOD alerts have been issued for various borough villages after the MET Office issued a yellow warning for rain in Basingstoke and Deane.

The flood alerts cover various areas in the borough including Deane, Ashe, and Preston Candover, where groundwater levels are reported to be high.

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The alert warns that ‘flooding is possible’ and that the B3400 into Deane may need to be closed.

In Deane and Ashe, the groundwater levels are ‘high but falling very slowly’.

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The alert issued by the government adds: “At our borehole in Oakley, the level has fallen by 10cm in the last week. We expect properties in Deane to be experiencing cellar flooding. Groundwater springflows are impacting land and roads. Septic tanks are struggling to operate properly.

“Unsettled weather is expected to affect Hampshire for the rest of this week, with heavy rain (up to 40mm) possible on Thursday, February 8. If very heavy rain affects the area, groundwater levels will rise again and it is possible that the access road from the B3400 into Deane (at Deane Park) will need to be closed within the next week.

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“We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. If you use pumps to help reduce water levels, please ensure that they are operating.”

An alert for Preston Candover also warns that groundwater levels are high but falling slowly.

It said: “We expect a small number of properties in each village to be affected by cellar flooding. Groundwater levels will be reducing the ability of septic tanks to operate effectively.”

It added that if heavy rain affects the area over the next couple of weeks, “cellar flooding will become more widespread, and internal property flooding could occur in Old Alresford and Preston Candover.”

You can call Floodline for advice: Telephone: 0345 988 1188 Textphone: 0345 602 6340 Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.