A flood warning has been issued for Dauntsey and parts of the M4, as river levels rise and residents are being told to ‘act now.’

Recent rainfall from Storm Ciaran has already caused river levels on the Dauntsey Brook to rise dramatically.

The river, which usually sits between 1m and 1.4m high, is currently 1.6m high and continuing to rise at an alarming rate. It crossed the threshold described as a ‘normal level’ at approximately 2pm today.

According to the Environment Agency who are monitoring the situation, anything above 1.4m means that “property flooding is possible” and “one or more flood warnings may be issued.”

The highest ever recorded river level for Dauntsey Brook is 2.12m, which was measured on July 21, 2007.

The rain is not due to stop until Friday morning, and now the Environment Agency say that they expect the river level to rise more.

Swindon Advertiser: Dauntsey Brooke's water level has been on the rise for the past 24 hours.Dauntsey Brooke's water level has been on the rise for the past 24 hours. (Image: Gov.uk)

This creates a high risk of flooding for properties in the area.

Residents most at risk include those on Old Sodom Lane, The Green and Dauntsey Green. Earl Danbys Primary School is also expected to be affected.

A statement from the Government’s Environment Agency says: “We are monitoring rainfall and river levels in this area, and we will continue to monitor the forecast and re-issue this warning if necessary.

“Consider activating any property flood protection products.

“Monitor local water levels and weather conditions and consider putting your flood plan into action. You should avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water."