Flood alerts in force for parts of Northamptonshire with more rain on the way

Environment Agency says flooding possible on River Tove and Great Ouse in south of the county

Friday, 14th May 2021, 8:48 am
Updated Friday, 14th May 2021, 8:56 am

Flood alerts are in force for parts of Northamptonshire with heavy rain forecast this weekend.

Environment Agency experts say flooding is possible on the River Tove near Towcester and the Great Ouse in the far south of the county.

Local forecasters @NNweather predict more rain falling on and off during Friday (May 14) with heavier showers likely on Saturday morning (May 15).

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An Environment Agency spokesman warned: "River levels are rising at the Cappenham river gauge as a result of persistent rainfall.

"Consequently, flooding of roads, car parks and farmland is possible on Friday and there is a possibility of flooding for the River Tove from Towcester to Cosgrove, including Silverstone Brook.

"Flooding of properties is not forecast at this point.

"Further light rainfall is possible this morning and we expect river levels to continue to rise steadily during Friday morning so we are closely monitoring the situation.

Two flood alerts are in force in the south of Northamptonshire.

"Please avoid low lying roads and car parks near rivers, which may be flooded."

Flooding is possible on the Great Ouse from Brackley to Haversham, including Padbury Brook.

A flood alert is the lowest of three levels on the Environment Agency when flooding is possible and warning people to "be prepared." Amber flood warnings are issued when flooding is expected and red flood warnings when severe flooding is expected bringing a likely danger to life.