River levels on the River Wye in Herefordshire are set to continue to rise throughout today and tomorrow, with heavy rain continuing to fall across parts of Wales today.

Levels are once again rising upstream, with the Environment Agency predicting a peak of around 4.7-5.2 metres in Hereford tomorrow.

This would result in riverside paths flooding and also the Bishops Meadows and other land surrounding the river. Areas prone to flooding such as Watery Lane and Lower Bullingham are also likely to be affected by flooding. 

An update shared by The Environment Agency this morning for the River Wye said:

“River levels are rising at the Hay-On-Wye river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. 

“Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is expected to begin between 11am and 1pm today, 27/12/2023. 

“We expect flooding to affect low lying land and roads along the River Wye from Hay on Wye to Ross on Wye. 

“Other locations that may be affected include the A438, Byford, Bredwardine and Hereford. 

“Predicted peaks:- Hay on Wye 3.5m to 4m this evening on 27/12, Bredwardine 5.6m to 6.1m overnight on 27/12, Belmont 5.3m to 5.8m tomorrow morning on 28/12, Old Wye Bridge 4.7m to 5.2m tomorrow morning on 28/12, Mordiford 4.7m to 5.2m tomorrow afternoon on 28/12.

“Further rainfall is forecast over the next 12 hours. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking defences.

“Please avoid contact with flood water. This message will be updated by 6pm on 27/12/2023, or as the situation changes.”