PARTS of the Andover area are at risk of flooding, according to Environment Agency.

After two named storms in the last two weeks, groundwater levels across North Hampshire are high, prompting several flood alerts to come into force.

The flood information service says that 71 millimetres of rain was recorded in just four days in Andover - more than the monthly average for February.

Flood alerts, which means that flooding is possible and asks residents to be prepared, are in force for parts of Weyhill, Hurstbourne Tarrant, St Mary Bourne, Tidworth, Shipton Bellinger and Stockbridge.

Meanwhile, a flood warning, which means that flooding is expected, is in place for the River Bourne through Cholderton and Palestine.

The flood information services says: "We believe there is a possibility of groundwater flooding in Cholderton, Newton Tony, Allington, Boscombe, Idmiston, Porton, Gomeldon and the Winterbournes. Residents are advised to prepare property flood resilience measures and ensure that pumps are working where they have been installed.

"Residents may experience problems flushing toilets and have issues with septic tanks. Unsettled conditions and moderate rainfall is forecast by the Met Office over this coming week with periods of sunny spells. "We can expect levels to increase slowly throughout this period."

As part of the Weyhill flood alert, flooding is expected in Appleshaw and Hatherden, and sewage networks may be affected in villages in the area. It adds that the groundwater level will continue to rise until March 1.

"If you use pumps to help reduce water levels, please ensure they can operate."

Another 20mm of rain is expected before Tuesday, which could cause "an increase in river levels and minor flood impacts" on the River Test in Stockbridge.

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