Villagers on amber alert as water levels continue to rise

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RESIDENTS are keeping a close eye on groundwater levels as the threat of flooding looms.

Villagers in Rowlands Castle are checking the levels in Finchdean, where some roads were flooded last winter.

Flood Action Group chairman Steve Protheroe, pictured, said: ‘The ground water levels are being measured each week by Andy Lee, one of our very experienced flood wardens, and the levels are rising again at present.

‘The current figure is 27ft down below ground (circa 8m), and rising.

‘The rainfall over the last two weeks still has to percolate through the South Downs sub strata.’

He said the water could get to 5m below ground by this weekend.

And the springs could get to 3m below ground before the end of January, which is the trigger point for the flood action group.

Ditch clearance work has taken place to reduce the impact.