Travel Alert: Flooding Threatens Northern England Travel Plans

By Ivan PetrenkoJun 15, 2024 16:00 PMNews
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Travelers face road disruptions due to flooding. Source: dall-e

Travelers planning to visit Northern England this weekend should be prepared for potential disruptions due to local flooding expected from June 15th. High groundwater levels are causing concerns in various areas, and this may impact travel routes, accommodations, and activities.

The Environment Agency has issued flood alerts for several regions. In Flamstead, high groundwater levels pose a risk, particularly in Trowley Bottom Valley. Similarly, in Kimpton and Lilley Bottom, elevated groundwater levels threaten areas like Lye Hill and Whiteway, potentially disrupting local travel and tourism.

In Hampshire, visitors to the Candovers and Old Alresford areas should be aware that groundwater levels remain high, though they are slowly receding. Recent rains have not significantly impacted levels, but travelers should still prepare for potential delays and route changes. Ensuring accommodations have contingency plans for flooding can help mitigate travel disruptions.

The Great Shefford area, known for its picturesque landscapes, continues to battle high groundwater levels. This poses a risk to low-lying areas, gardens, and cellars, which could affect local attractions and stay options. Similarly, Henley and Assendon are experiencing high groundwater levels, with the forecast suggesting isolated showers could exacerbate the situation. Travelers are advised to stay updated on weather forecasts and flood alerts.

In West Ilsley, East Ilsley, and nearby areas, the threat of groundwater flooding persists. Although levels are decreasing, travelers should remain cautious and avoid floodwaters due to concealed hazards. Checking with local accommodations and attractions for the latest updates can help ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.

River levels on the River Coln and its tributaries remain high, affecting low-lying land and roads, especially around Fairford. Similarly, the River Wye and the Hughenden Stream are high, with potential flooding near High Wycombe, which may impact travel plans in these scenic areas.

Travelers are urged to stay informed through regular updates from local authorities and to plan their journeys carefully. Being prepared and staying flexible can help ensure a safe and enjoyable visit to Northern England despite the flood risks.

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