Groundwater: current status and flood risk

The latest updates on monitored groundwater levels and whether there are any groundwater alerts or warnings in force.

Flooding from groundwater can happen when the level of water within the rock or soil that makes up the land surface (known as the water table) rises.

Lead local flood authorities (the unitary or county council) are responsible for managing the risk of flooding from groundwater.

The Environment Agency has a strategic overview for all sources of flooding including groundwater. They supply information in the form of monitored groundwater levels. In some areas that have historically experienced groundwater flooding, the Environment Agency provide a groundwater alert or warning service.

The Environment Agency also produce monthly water situation reports based on data provided by themselves, the Met Office and water companies.

Groundwater situation reports

  1. Chesham Vale, Buckinghamshire: groundwater situation
  2. Kent: groundwater situation
  3. Kimpton, north Hertfordshire: groundwater situation
  4. South London: groundwater situation
  5. Sussex: groundwater situation
  6. Thames: groundwater situation
  7. Hampshire: groundwater situation
  8. Wessex (Dorset and south Wiltshire): groundwater situation

Practical advice to help you reduce the impact of flooding from groundwater.

  1. Flooding from groundwater
Published 28 March 2014
Last updated 14 June 2018 + show all updates
  1. June report for Wessex uploaded.

  2. Kent and South London December reports added

  3. Wessex groundwater report for November added.

  4. Hampshire groundwater briefing updated on 20 March 2015

  5. March update for Dorset and south Wiltshire added.

  6. February 2015 update for Wessex (Dorset and South Wiltshire) added.

  7. Groundwater updated added for Dorset and south Wiltshire.

  8. New West Thames report added for November 2014.

  9. Added Hampshire groundwater report.

  10. New groundwater stats added for Dorset and south Wiltshire.

  11. Hampshire briefing removed as no longer in force.

  12. New Kimpton, Hertfordshire, briefing added on 15 May 2014.

  13. Added new West Thames briefing for 17 April 2014.

  14. First published.