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River Wey Breaks Its Banks As Flood Alert Issued After More Heavy Rain

Published on: 17 Nov, 2022
Updated on: 21 Jan, 2023

By Martin Giles

The River Wey has broken its banks this morning and a flood alert has been issued. It is hoped that the drier weather today will allow the river level to abate.

Guildford Borough Council has said: “The council has received an update on the river levels. The levels are high in various parts of the borough at the moment. The Environment Agency currently has ‘flood alerts’ issued on the Upper and Lower Wey, Hoe Stream, Tillingbourne and Cranleigh Waters.

Another view of the water spilling over the side of Millmead Lock – Photo and video above Fiona Giles

“Information from the Environment Agency is that none of these are expected to be upgraded to ‘flood warnings’, so no property flooding is expected.

“As the weather is now improving, we expect water levels to start to drop soon. Therefore we have no plans to implement any extra measures at this time.

“Of course we will continue to monitor the situation. Residents can also keep up to date using the Environment Agency’s flood warning service at: or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188.”

Looking north towards the town, the flooded towpath at the bottom of Ferry Lane, St Catherine’s. Photo Fiona Giles

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Responses to River Wey Breaks Its Banks As Flood Alert Issued After More Heavy Rain

  1. David Roberts Reply

    November 18, 2022 at 4:20 pm

    Why didn’t they just open the locks?

    Where the Wey meets the Thames in Weybridge, the river level was officially “Normal” this morning (see https: and the flow not unusually high (!Detail/1224/1352/2022-8-20/2022-11-19) with no stream warnings (

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