Tilshead Borehole Levels: 15th March 2020

The water levels in the Tilshead borehole have fallen excruciatingly slowly over the last week from a peak of 99.59m AOD to today’s low of 99.54m AOD; the lowest it has fallen since the 20th of February.  Of course, we’ve now had a few days with a fair bit of rain, so we might see the levels drop for 2 or 3 days before they level off or even rise again.

The Flood Warning for the Till is the only one in the area still in force. The Environment Agency is currently saying:

“The groundwater level at the Tilshead borehole is currently 99.56 mAOD and stable. We believe a possibility of flooding still exists for Tilshead, Orcheston, Shrewton, Winterborne Stoke, Berwick Saint James and Stapleford. Residents are advised to ensure property flood resilience measures are in place and that pumps are working where they have been installed. Residents may experience problems flushing toilets and have issues with septic tanks. The Met Office forecast is for intermittent showers over the weekend until Sunday evening 15/03/20, but with a drier spell expected next week any rise in levels will be limited.”

The forecast is for the rain to ease this evening then we should have dry weather until Wednesday when things break down again and we can expect rain continuing into Thursday.  This should clear and we may get a week or more of predominantly dry weather.  As we head into April the dry trend should continue, so the flood season may be coming to an end.


Winterbourne Stoke Parish Council