FLOOD alerts remain in place for a number of villages near Andover as groundwater levels continue to rise, according to the Environment Agency (EA).

A previous alert noted that Weyhill and surrounding villages, including Hatherden and Appleshaw, could be at risk of flooding.

And today (Tuesday) the EA updated that alert to warn residents to be “prepared” for further possible flooding.

Weyhill, as well as nearby villages including Thruxton and Fyfield to the south, Appleshaw, Clanville and Penton Mewsey, plus Hatherden to the north, all fall within the affected area.

The EA’s alert read: “Currently, levels are high enough to cause the spring at Biddesden to flow.

“Cellar flooding is expected in Appleshaw, Hatherden and Penton Mewsey.

“The sewerage networks may also be affected in all the villages.”

The agency also notes that even without further rain, water levels would be set to rise heading into March. However, further showers are expected on Tuesday and Wednesday, while up to 40mm of rain could fall between Thursday and Saturday.

The alert added: “Even without additional rainfall this week, levels would rise until the beginning of March 2020. Further rain at the weekend will cause levels to rise for longer.

“We will update our assessment on when groundwater is likely to peak next week, once we understand how much rain has fallen this weekend. We continue to monitor the forecast.

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

An update will be provided by the agency on Thursday, March 5.

Similar alerts are in place for Vernham Dean, Upton and the Bourne Valley, as well as Stockbridge further south in the borough.