Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Sandbags handed out ahead of potential flooding

Scotchells Brook Image copyright Peter Trimming
Image caption Scotchells Brook, which flows in to the River Yar, flooded in 2013

Families are being urged to collect sandbags on the Isle of Wight as flooding is expected.

Island Roads is delivering sandbags to locations across the island, which are restricted to six per household.

The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for the River Yar in Alverstone due to high water levels.

Sandbags are available at the usual locations in Simeon Street, Ryde, St Mary's car park, Cowes and Well Road, East Cowes.

They are also at Carisbrooke High Street car park, Seaview Duver, Nicholson Close, and Devonia Gardens in Brading, River Road car park in Yarmouth, Newport Quay and Moa Place in Freshwater.

Between 15mm and 25mm of rain is forecast from about 19:00 GMT until early on Thursday morning.

It is expected water will back up at Alverstone Road Bridge.

A yellow warning of wind and rain has been issued by the Met Office and gales are expected across much of England and Wales.

Gusts of up to 70mph (112 km/h) have been forecast for coastal sites in the south and west.

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