Wandle flood warning

Published: 14 February 2014

A flood alert has been issued today (Friday) by the Environment Agency for land near the River Wandle.

Low-lying land near the river in Wandsworth and Tooting is likely to be affected first, but flooding is not expected in people’s homes and businesses.

River levels are expected to rise through this morning and this afternoon because of persistent and heavy rainfall throughout the day. Between 20 and 30mm of rain is forecast and further isolated showers are likely to continue through to Saturday.

Groundwater levels are high in the area and the level of the Wandle is higher than normal. The council is closely monitoring the situation is ready to respond.

People worried about flooding are urged to sign up for Environment Agency flood alerts and get themselves and vulnerable neighbours prepared.

Products are available to buy that contain crystals that swell on contact with water to form a barrier. These are lightweight and easy to store and dispose of. Find out more about these and similar products at www.bluepages.org.uk.

Flood waters can pose a health risk, and Public Health England has issued joint advice with the Environment Agency on how to prepare for floods and clean up afterwards.  

Contact the borough's Emergency Planning officer on (020) 8871 5747.