Flood alerts for Winchester city centre

Flood alerts for city centre

Flood alerts for city centre

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FLOOD warnings have been issued this morning as more bad weather looks set to engulf the county.

Parts of Winchester city centre close to the River Itchen are at risk of flooding, the city council has advised.

Local residents and businesses are being advised to make preparations in case flooding occurs.

Council staff have been monitoring and adjusting the sluice at Durngate in order to control water levels in Winchester over recent days and weeks.

The maximum amount of water is now flowing as fast as possible through the River Itchen and further increases in water levels may lead to unavoidable flooding.

There are a small number of residential properties that may be affected, notably in Water Lane.

Some residents have been ready with sandbags for some time. The City Council distributed additional sandbags provided by Hampshire County Council yesterday.

Efforts are being carefully targeted, with sandbags being provided to properties at which there is a known flood risk.

The situation will be reviewed again this morning by council officers.

Householders or businesses needing particular help may contact Winchester City Council on 01962 840222 and the latest flood warnings can be viewed on the Environment Agency's website.

Adele Etheridge, 62, of Wales Street, said today: “We've had some problems along our way with some of the larger puddles but they haven't been here for ages to sort any of this out.”

Nathan Khan, who works at the bar, 5 Bridge Street, near to the River Itchen said: “We've got a bit of water in our basement but you can still access it but I still think I'm going to have to get some sandbags.

“Pizza Express was closed yesterday because they had flooding in their basement.”
No-one at Pizza Express answered when the Daily Echo knocked on the door.

For some children the rising water was a source of excitement.

James Bale, 42, of Wordsworth Close in Fulflood, said: “Despite the name of where we live it's not been too bad at all. I came down here with my daughter, Charlotte, three, so she could play on the swings after swimming lessons. But we weren't sure if we'd be swimming in the pool or the River Itchen this morning!”

Kate Smith, 39, of Fromond Road in Weeke, said: “We've had some damage in our back garden and to our fences from all the wind but it's not been too bad with the flooding.

"My two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Laura, is quite happy with all the puddles. Everyone else is miserable whereas she's happy she gets to wear her welly boots so often.”

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10:04am Wed 5 Feb 14

Linesman says...

Nero fiddled while Rome burned.

Cameron dithers while large areas of the country are under water, and receiving no help from the Government.

If it were a crisis in Africa or Asia, there would be an immediate response.

Problems here, and Sweet FA!

He can't send in the troops to help, because they have been made redundant as a cost-cutting measure.
Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Cameron dithers while large areas of the country are under water, and receiving no help from the Government. If it were a crisis in Africa or Asia, there would be an immediate response. Problems here, and Sweet FA! He can't send in the troops to help, because they have been made redundant as a cost-cutting measure. Linesman
  • Score: -227

11:16am Wed 5 Feb 14

Inform Al says...

Think I'll take a stroll down to Riverside Park for a paddle then
Think I'll take a stroll down to Riverside Park for a paddle then Inform Al
  • Score: 5

11:22am Wed 5 Feb 14

ToastyTea says...

Why not say Winchester in the title of the article ? I'm sure most people like me would assume you are talking about Southampton city centre which would be ridiculous.
Why not say Winchester in the title of the article ? I'm sure most people like me would assume you are talking about Southampton city centre which would be ridiculous. ToastyTea
  • Score: 36

11:23am Wed 5 Feb 14

Rocky Rex says...

This whole sequence of storms since the Saint Jude's Day Storm at the end of October is very unusual. Currently they are arriving roughly every 2 to 3 days, with no sign that this will change soon.

Weather systems under-950 hPa are rare but there have been several since Mid-December. The Met Office say: " On Christmas Eve a mean-sea-level pressure of 936 hPa was recorded at Stornoway (Western Isles), the lowest such value at a UK land station for many years."

(The Met Office website says pressures below 950 hPa are rare -

Pressures below 950 hPa have been recorded at UK weather stations about 30 times in the last 200 years:

http://onlinelibrary
.wiley.com/doi/10.10
02/wea.20/abstract

- this reference (a paper published in 2007) was sent to me by the Met Office in reply to an e-mail I sent them asking about these very low pressures that are appearing recently)

The Met Office website also says for December 2013: "The UK overall received 154% of average rainfall. Two broad areas, one over southern and south-east England and the other extending from the Lake District to Highland Scotland, were much wetter than average with many places receiving twice the normal rainfall for the month"

Some commentators have suggested that there is no evidence of this kind of autumn/winter weather in the UK in any records, even using informal written material from the times before formal meteorology. Of course, someone will tell us that it is all normal, but some evidence for a previous period like this would be useful.

The storm arriving on Wednesday 5/2/2014 is shown on the Met Office website pressure map with a central pressure around 950 hPa. Here we go again.

And more in the next few days the same ......
This whole sequence of storms since the Saint Jude's Day Storm at the end of October is very unusual. Currently they are arriving roughly every 2 to 3 days, with no sign that this will change soon. Weather systems under-950 hPa are rare but there have been several since Mid-December. The Met Office say: " On Christmas Eve a mean-sea-level pressure of 936 hPa was recorded at Stornoway (Western Isles), the lowest such value at a UK land station for many years." (The Met Office website says pressures below 950 hPa are rare - Pressures below 950 hPa have been recorded at UK weather stations about 30 times in the last 200 years: http://onlinelibrary .wiley.com/doi/10.10 02/wea.20/abstract - this reference (a paper published in 2007) was sent to me by the Met Office in reply to an e-mail I sent them asking about these very low pressures that are appearing recently) The Met Office website also says for December 2013: "The UK overall received 154% of average rainfall. Two broad areas, one over southern and south-east England and the other extending from the Lake District to Highland Scotland, were much wetter than average with many places receiving twice the normal rainfall for the month" Some commentators have suggested that there is no evidence of this kind of autumn/winter weather in the UK in any records, even using informal written material from the times before formal meteorology. Of course, someone will tell us that it is all normal, but some evidence for a previous period like this would be useful. The storm arriving on Wednesday 5/2/2014 is shown on the Met Office website pressure map with a central pressure around 950 hPa. Here we go again. And more in the next few days the same ...... Rocky Rex
  • Score: 16

11:24am Wed 5 Feb 14

chapelsaint says...

The railway line in Dawlish being washed out is a classic example of lack of interest in the existing infrastructure, Instead of even considering building HS2 (and getting to Birmingham 20 minutes earlier), more effort and money should be spent on upgrading what already exists thereby perhaps ensuring peoples homes and businesses are adequately protected from flooding, local electricity is routed underground and secondary routes (closed railway lines) are reinstated. Those poor blighters west of Exeter are now virtually cut off with regards to rail travel.
The railway line in Dawlish being washed out is a classic example of lack of interest in the existing infrastructure, Instead of even considering building HS2 (and getting to Birmingham 20 minutes earlier), more effort and money should be spent on upgrading what already exists thereby perhaps ensuring peoples homes and businesses are adequately protected from flooding, local electricity is routed underground and secondary routes (closed railway lines) are reinstated. Those poor blighters west of Exeter are now virtually cut off with regards to rail travel. chapelsaint
  • Score: 30

11:30am Wed 5 Feb 14

WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER. says...

Linesman wrote:
Nero fiddled while Rome burned.

Cameron dithers while large areas of the country are under water, and receiving no help from the Government.

If it were a crisis in Africa or Asia, there would be an immediate response.

Problems here, and Sweet FA!

He can't send in the troops to help, because they have been made redundant as a cost-cutting measure.
cutting cancer patients benefits and giving it away to foreign lands is what they do best , when will voters wake up?
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Cameron dithers while large areas of the country are under water, and receiving no help from the Government. If it were a crisis in Africa or Asia, there would be an immediate response. Problems here, and Sweet FA! He can't send in the troops to help, because they have been made redundant as a cost-cutting measure.[/p][/quote]cutting cancer patients benefits and giving it away to foreign lands is what they do best , when will voters wake up? WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER.
  • Score: -415

12:28pm Wed 5 Feb 14

bigfella says...

WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER. wrote:
Linesman wrote:
Nero fiddled while Rome burned.

Cameron dithers while large areas of the country are under water, and receiving no help from the Government.

If it were a crisis in Africa or Asia, there would be an immediate response.

Problems here, and Sweet FA!

He can't send in the troops to help, because they have been made redundant as a cost-cutting measure.
cutting cancer patients benefits and giving it away to foreign lands is what they do best , when will voters wake up?
yeah, lets get Labour back in the Kings of a free hand out! Sandbags for all. Canoes for the elderly. Wellies for the under 5's.

My aim is to get negative 20. Lets make it happen
[quote][p][bold]WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Cameron dithers while large areas of the country are under water, and receiving no help from the Government. If it were a crisis in Africa or Asia, there would be an immediate response. Problems here, and Sweet FA! He can't send in the troops to help, because they have been made redundant as a cost-cutting measure.[/p][/quote]cutting cancer patients benefits and giving it away to foreign lands is what they do best , when will voters wake up?[/p][/quote]yeah, lets get Labour back in the Kings of a free hand out! Sandbags for all. Canoes for the elderly. Wellies for the under 5's. My aim is to get negative 20. Lets make it happen bigfella
  • Score: -198

1:08pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Torchie1 says...

Linesman wrote:
Nero fiddled while Rome burned.

Cameron dithers while large areas of the country are under water, and receiving no help from the Government.

If it were a crisis in Africa or Asia, there would be an immediate response.

Problems here, and Sweet FA!

He can't send in the troops to help, because they have been made redundant as a cost-cutting measure.
Luckily there are selfless individuals like you who will always volunteer to be an armchair general safe in the knowledge that you will never be asked to put yourself in any danger. If your negativity could be harnessed, the energy problem would be solved overnight.
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Cameron dithers while large areas of the country are under water, and receiving no help from the Government. If it were a crisis in Africa or Asia, there would be an immediate response. Problems here, and Sweet FA! He can't send in the troops to help, because they have been made redundant as a cost-cutting measure.[/p][/quote]Luckily there are selfless individuals like you who will always volunteer to be an armchair general safe in the knowledge that you will never be asked to put yourself in any danger. If your negativity could be harnessed, the energy problem would be solved overnight. Torchie1
  • Score: 3

2:46pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Linesman says...

Torchie1 wrote:
Linesman wrote:
Nero fiddled while Rome burned.

Cameron dithers while large areas of the country are under water, and receiving no help from the Government.

If it were a crisis in Africa or Asia, there would be an immediate response.

Problems here, and Sweet FA!

He can't send in the troops to help, because they have been made redundant as a cost-cutting measure.
Luckily there are selfless individuals like you who will always volunteer to be an armchair general safe in the knowledge that you will never be asked to put yourself in any danger. If your negativity could be harnessed, the energy problem would be solved overnight.
There are people like me who did it during the East Coast Floods in '52.

I was not an armchair general then.

Am I to assume that you are one of the selfless individuals that are volunteering now? If you are, did you make your post during a lull in the storm?
[quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Cameron dithers while large areas of the country are under water, and receiving no help from the Government. If it were a crisis in Africa or Asia, there would be an immediate response. Problems here, and Sweet FA! He can't send in the troops to help, because they have been made redundant as a cost-cutting measure.[/p][/quote]Luckily there are selfless individuals like you who will always volunteer to be an armchair general safe in the knowledge that you will never be asked to put yourself in any danger. If your negativity could be harnessed, the energy problem would be solved overnight.[/p][/quote]There are people like me who did it during the East Coast Floods in '52. I was not an armchair general then. Am I to assume that you are one of the selfless individuals that are volunteering now? If you are, did you make your post during a lull in the storm? Linesman
  • Score: 3

3:08pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Lone Ranger. says...

Torchie1 wrote:
Linesman wrote:
Nero fiddled while Rome burned.

Cameron dithers while large areas of the country are under water, and receiving no help from the Government.

If it were a crisis in Africa or Asia, there would be an immediate response.

Problems here, and Sweet FA!

He can't send in the troops to help, because they have been made redundant as a cost-cutting measure.
Luckily there are selfless individuals like you who will always volunteer to be an armchair general safe in the knowledge that you will never be asked to put yourself in any danger. If your negativity could be harnessed, the energy problem would be solved overnight.
Whats the weather like in Poland
[quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Cameron dithers while large areas of the country are under water, and receiving no help from the Government. If it were a crisis in Africa or Asia, there would be an immediate response. Problems here, and Sweet FA! He can't send in the troops to help, because they have been made redundant as a cost-cutting measure.[/p][/quote]Luckily there are selfless individuals like you who will always volunteer to be an armchair general safe in the knowledge that you will never be asked to put yourself in any danger. If your negativity could be harnessed, the energy problem would be solved overnight.[/p][/quote]Whats the weather like in Poland Lone Ranger.
  • Score: 0

3:09pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Lone Ranger. says...

bigfella wrote:
WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER. wrote:
Linesman wrote:
Nero fiddled while Rome burned.

Cameron dithers while large areas of the country are under water, and receiving no help from the Government.

If it were a crisis in Africa or Asia, there would be an immediate response.

Problems here, and Sweet FA!

He can't send in the troops to help, because they have been made redundant as a cost-cutting measure.
cutting cancer patients benefits and giving it away to foreign lands is what they do best , when will voters wake up?
yeah, lets get Labour back in the Kings of a free hand out! Sandbags for all. Canoes for the elderly. Wellies for the under 5's.

My aim is to get negative 20. Lets make it happen
Well you certainly smashed 20 ....... i tyhink that you should target yourself at 400
[quote][p][bold]bigfella[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Cameron dithers while large areas of the country are under water, and receiving no help from the Government. If it were a crisis in Africa or Asia, there would be an immediate response. Problems here, and Sweet FA! He can't send in the troops to help, because they have been made redundant as a cost-cutting measure.[/p][/quote]cutting cancer patients benefits and giving it away to foreign lands is what they do best , when will voters wake up?[/p][/quote]yeah, lets get Labour back in the Kings of a free hand out! Sandbags for all. Canoes for the elderly. Wellies for the under 5's. My aim is to get negative 20. Lets make it happen[/p][/quote]Well you certainly smashed 20 ....... i tyhink that you should target yourself at 400 Lone Ranger.
  • Score: 0

4:38pm Wed 5 Feb 14

WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER. says...

WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER. wrote:
Linesman wrote:
Nero fiddled while Rome burned.

Cameron dithers while large areas of the country are under water, and receiving no help from the Government.

If it were a crisis in Africa or Asia, there would be an immediate response.

Problems here, and Sweet FA!

He can't send in the troops to help, because they have been made redundant as a cost-cutting measure.
cutting cancer patients benefits and giving it away to foreign lands is what they do best , when will voters wake up?
lots of unemployed sensitive right wingers around today ,hit a raw nerve ? LOL
[quote][p][bold]WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Cameron dithers while large areas of the country are under water, and receiving no help from the Government. If it were a crisis in Africa or Asia, there would be an immediate response. Problems here, and Sweet FA! He can't send in the troops to help, because they have been made redundant as a cost-cutting measure.[/p][/quote]cutting cancer patients benefits and giving it away to foreign lands is what they do best , when will voters wake up?[/p][/quote]lots of unemployed sensitive right wingers around today ,hit a raw nerve ? LOL WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER.
  • Score: 5

6:17pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Torchie1 says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
Torchie1 wrote:
Linesman wrote:
Nero fiddled while Rome burned.

Cameron dithers while large areas of the country are under water, and receiving no help from the Government.

If it were a crisis in Africa or Asia, there would be an immediate response.

Problems here, and Sweet FA!

He can't send in the troops to help, because they have been made redundant as a cost-cutting measure.
Luckily there are selfless individuals like you who will always volunteer to be an armchair general safe in the knowledge that you will never be asked to put yourself in any danger. If your negativity could be harnessed, the energy problem would be solved overnight.
Whats the weather like in Poland
I can't say with any certainty what it's like in neighbouring Poland but here in The Czech Republic it's cold, as it normally is in February.
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Cameron dithers while large areas of the country are under water, and receiving no help from the Government. If it were a crisis in Africa or Asia, there would be an immediate response. Problems here, and Sweet FA! He can't send in the troops to help, because they have been made redundant as a cost-cutting measure.[/p][/quote]Luckily there are selfless individuals like you who will always volunteer to be an armchair general safe in the knowledge that you will never be asked to put yourself in any danger. If your negativity could be harnessed, the energy problem would be solved overnight.[/p][/quote]Whats the weather like in Poland[/p][/quote]I can't say with any certainty what it's like in neighbouring Poland but here in The Czech Republic it's cold, as it normally is in February. Torchie1
  • Score: 2

6:17pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Torchie1 says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
Torchie1 wrote:
Linesman wrote:
Nero fiddled while Rome burned.

Cameron dithers while large areas of the country are under water, and receiving no help from the Government.

If it were a crisis in Africa or Asia, there would be an immediate response.

Problems here, and Sweet FA!

He can't send in the troops to help, because they have been made redundant as a cost-cutting measure.
Luckily there are selfless individuals like you who will always volunteer to be an armchair general safe in the knowledge that you will never be asked to put yourself in any danger. If your negativity could be harnessed, the energy problem would be solved overnight.
Whats the weather like in Poland
I can't say with any certainty what it's like in neighbouring Poland but here in The Czech Republic it's cold, as it normally is in February.
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Cameron dithers while large areas of the country are under water, and receiving no help from the Government. If it were a crisis in Africa or Asia, there would be an immediate response. Problems here, and Sweet FA! He can't send in the troops to help, because they have been made redundant as a cost-cutting measure.[/p][/quote]Luckily there are selfless individuals like you who will always volunteer to be an armchair general safe in the knowledge that you will never be asked to put yourself in any danger. If your negativity could be harnessed, the energy problem would be solved overnight.[/p][/quote]Whats the weather like in Poland[/p][/quote]I can't say with any certainty what it's like in neighbouring Poland but here in The Czech Republic it's cold, as it normally is in February. Torchie1
  • Score: 1

6:19pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Torchie1 says...

Linesman wrote:
Torchie1 wrote:
Linesman wrote:
Nero fiddled while Rome burned.

Cameron dithers while large areas of the country are under water, and receiving no help from the Government.

If it were a crisis in Africa or Asia, there would be an immediate response.

Problems here, and Sweet FA!

He can't send in the troops to help, because they have been made redundant as a cost-cutting measure.
Luckily there are selfless individuals like you who will always volunteer to be an armchair general safe in the knowledge that you will never be asked to put yourself in any danger. If your negativity could be harnessed, the energy problem would be solved overnight.
There are people like me who did it during the East Coast Floods in '52.

I was not an armchair general then.

Am I to assume that you are one of the selfless individuals that are volunteering now? If you are, did you make your post during a lull in the storm?
So instead of offering your experience you just offer your negative comments, that's even worse.
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Cameron dithers while large areas of the country are under water, and receiving no help from the Government. If it were a crisis in Africa or Asia, there would be an immediate response. Problems here, and Sweet FA! He can't send in the troops to help, because they have been made redundant as a cost-cutting measure.[/p][/quote]Luckily there are selfless individuals like you who will always volunteer to be an armchair general safe in the knowledge that you will never be asked to put yourself in any danger. If your negativity could be harnessed, the energy problem would be solved overnight.[/p][/quote]There are people like me who did it during the East Coast Floods in '52. I was not an armchair general then. Am I to assume that you are one of the selfless individuals that are volunteering now? If you are, did you make your post during a lull in the storm?[/p][/quote]So instead of offering your experience you just offer your negative comments, that's even worse. Torchie1
  • Score: -2

8:44pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Lockssmart says...

Inform Al wrote:
Think I'll take a stroll down to Riverside Park for a paddle then
Yawn.
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: Think I'll take a stroll down to Riverside Park for a paddle then[/p][/quote]Yawn. Lockssmart
  • Score: 0

10:34pm Wed 5 Feb 14

InsiderintheEA says...

Inside the Environment Agency have been exposing the failings of the Environment Agency for going on a year now: http://www.insidethe
environmentagency.co
.uk - others have been exposing these failings for much longer.
Inside the Environment Agency have been exposing the failings of the Environment Agency for going on a year now: http://www.insidethe environmentagency.co .uk - others have been exposing these failings for much longer. InsiderintheEA
  • Score: 2

2:17am Thu 6 Feb 14

Inform Al says...

Lockssmart wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
Think I'll take a stroll down to Riverside Park for a paddle then
Yawn.
Must be so boring when you don't have a life.
[quote][p][bold]Lockssmart[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: Think I'll take a stroll down to Riverside Park for a paddle then[/p][/quote]Yawn.[/p][/quote]Must be so boring when you don't have a life. Inform Al
  • Score: 1

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