‘Half a month’s rainfall’ in just 9 hours has prompted a Flood Alert for the Isle of Wight, according to the Environment Agency.

It warns that flooding is possible for the Eastern Yar and its tributaries, from Whitwell to Bembridge.

The Environment Agency says:

“River levels in the Eastern Yar are high and continue to rise. At Alverstone, levels will rise until approx. 2:00am tomorrow morning.

“At Sandown, the river will continue to rise over the next 10hrs and will peak at approx. 08:00hrs tomorrow morning [Monday].

“There may be out of bank flooding affecting access on roads, cycle tracks and footpaths along most of the river valley. No significant rain is forecast over the next 24hrs so flood conditions are likely to improve after 12:00hrs tomorrow. Property is not currently expected to flood.

“Bembridge sluice will be tide locked overnight giving the river little opportunity to drain so additional ponded water will be seen on the marshes. This will not affect property. We continue to monitor levels.”

An update is expected at midday tomorrow (Monday).