Wiltshire Council has issued a warning to residents over flooding with more heavy rain set to hit the county this week.

Downpours over the weekend of February 17 left river levels high and many routes throughout Wiltshire flooded.

Now a yellow weather warning for rain has been issued and will partially cover the county on Wednesday, February 21.

Flood alerts remain in place along the River Avon at Chippenham, Bradford on Avon, Malmesbury, and Melksham, while a warning has been issued from Amesbury to Salisbury.

An alert is also in place for the River Kennet at Marlborough.

Other areas at risk of flooding in Wiltshire include the Upper Og Valley, the Upper Aldbourne Valley, the River Wyle and its tributaries, and the River Bourne.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

The council has warned anyone at risk of river, surface water or groundwater flooding to ensure they are prepared with a personal flood plan.

Cllr Caroline Thomas, cabinet member for flooding, said: “Climate change is bringing wetter weather to Britain, and in Wiltshire we are seeing increased rainfall, more weather warnings, and more properties at risk of flooding.

“It is vitally important people are adequately prepared and know what to do in the event of a flood.

“People should ensure they are registered for Environment Agency flood alerts, and they can notify us of any flooding incidents or weather emergencies through our MyWilts app or website.

“We have been working closely with town and parish councils and flood wardens to ensure they are fully prepared and equipped with emergency supplies such as sandbags.

“However, we must not become complacent regarding the risk of flooding.”

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Flood wardens create and maintain a parish’s flood plans and will be able to access flood resilience equipment including sandbags, gel sacks, signs, and pumps to support their local community.

The Met Office has warned travel may be disrupted by the heavy rain that is forecast to batter the southwest on Wednesday.

This may include delays to journey times caused by spray and flooding on roads, and bus and train services might also be affected.

There could also be interruptions to power supplies and other services while homes and businesses are warned to be prepared for flooding.

The Environment Agency is currently monitoring rainfall and river levels ahead of Wednesday and is also checking rivers for any blockages.