More flood alerts for region

Environment secretary Owen Paterson says the Government will be looking at the long term impact of flooding on agricultural land in areas like Dorset.

Environment Agency flood alert for Alton

The Environment Agency has issued a Flood Alert for groundwater flooding in the Alton area as follows:

Groundwater levels are high. Flooding is possible. Be prepared. Flooding is possible for Communities at risk of groundwater flooding in the Alton, Chawton and Lower Farringdon areas within the next few days and may last for several weeks.

Flood risks: The latest

Environment secretary Owen Paterson says the government will be looking at the long term impact of flooding on agricultural land in areas in the South.

Recent figures show 2012 was the wettest year on record in England.

Sonning, Berkshire
General view of a road closed due to flooding sign in Sonning in Berkshire, in December. Credit: PA Images

The Environment Agency is still monitoring the River Thames around Oxfordshire as a result of recent heavy rain and the Lower Avon in Hampshire has been at risk of flooding since July.

Dorset and Sussex are other areas that have been affected.

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