Groundwater levels have risen at our observation borehole in Hodcott in the West Ilsley, East Ilsley, Compton, Chilton and West Hagbourne groundwater alert area. Groundwater levels are above normal for this time of year and have now reached a level where communities may be affected within the next week to two weeks by flooding from groundwater. Further rainfall is forecast this week. Levels have risen sharply at the Hodcott observation borehole because of Storm Dennis and we expect levels to continue to rise over the next few weeks in response to any further rainfall across the area. Low-lying land and roads will therefore be at risk of flooding first. Due to the nature of groundwater behaviour, this situation could continue for several weeks or longer and the speed at which flooding will occur will be dependent on rainfall conditions. We are continuing to monitor groundwater levels and will update this message next week by 26 February 2020, or as the situation changes.