The current groundwater situation and the latest briefings.
Lead local flood authorities (the unitary or County Council)
are responsible for managing the risk of flooding from groundwater. They set out how they plan to do this in their local flood risk management strategies.
In low-lying areas, groundwater levels and other land drainage activities can be important in managing flood risk. These activities are normally carried out by internal drainage boards.
The Environment Agency has a strategic overview for all sources of flooding including groundwater. This means we will provide support to other risk management authorities. We supply information in the form of monitored groundwater levels. In some areas that have historically experienced groundwater flooding, we provide a groundwater alert or warning service.
South west groundwater situation
South east region groundwater situation
- Hampshire - 26 February 2014 (PDF, 151KB)
- West Berkshire, Wiltshire, Surrey, Windsor and Maidenhead, North East Hampshire, Buckinghamshire and Vale of White Horse – 7 March 2014 (PDF, 333KB)
- Chesham Vale, Buckinghamshire - 21 February 2014 (PDF, 281KB)
- Kimpton, North Hertfordshire - 21 February 2014 (PDF, 280KB)
- Sussex - 28 February 2014 (PDF, 440KB)
- Kent - 21 February 2014 (PDF, 160KB)
- Mole and South London - 22 February 2014 (PDF, 305KB)
- Background to groundwater flooding - Kent and South London (PDF, 296KB)
Water situation reports
We produce monthly water situation reports based on data provided by us, the Met Office and water companies. The reports provide information on rainfall, soil moisture deficit, river flows, groundwater levels and reservoir storage over the previous month.
In some places we can provide messages about flooding from groundwater. Our free service can send you messages by phone, email, text message or fax when a flood is possible in your area. Call Floodline on 0845 988 1188 or check online to find out if they are available in your area.
How you can prepare for flooding
Follow some simple steps to reduce the impact of flooding on your home or business: