A FLOOD alert is now in place in Winchester as the River Itchen begins to overspill.

It was reported yesterday that acres of Hampshire land is at risk of groundwater flooding following Storms Ciara and Dennis.

The Environment Agency has now issued an alert that spans the river in the city. Property damage is not expected.

Emergency barriers have been put in place at River Park Leisure Centre and a footpath has been closed along Water Lane.

The river is running particularly high in this area.

This alert adds to dozens of others across the county which include Twyford, Hursley, Bramdean, Cheriton, Littleton, King Worthy and Stockbridge.

The River Meon is also at risk of flooding.