Rainfall 'the worst in 250 years'

Rainfall 'the worst in 250 years'

Rainfall 'the worst in 250 years'

First published in News

HAMPSHIRE has suffered the second worst rainfall in the South, enduring its “worst winter rainfall in 250 years” according to Hampshire County Council.

It comes as county highways teams are deploying thousands of sandbags to keep roads open to try and repel the worst of storm Charlie tomorrow.

Cllr Sean Woodward, executive member for the environment, said: “Our priority is to protect Hampshire’s highways in this very difficult situation.

“Frontline teams have been working round the clock to keep on top of the on-going weather problems on the roads, dealing with flooding, fallen trees and emergency repairs.

“We will continue to do all we can with extra teams, gully emptiers and sandbags but the ground is so saturated now, and the rivers so full, there is really nowhere else for further rainfall to go.

“We continue to work with our partners at district councils, and the emergency services to deal with the situation across the county, caused by the most significant winter rainfall in nearly 250 years.”

The council is also applying for Government cash to fund immediate repairs for infrastructure.

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5:46pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Harold K Steptoe says...

When can we expect the foreign aid to start.
When can we expect the foreign aid to start. Harold K Steptoe
  • Score: 17

5:49pm Fri 7 Feb 14

bigfella777 says...

If it happened 250 years ago its nothing to do with climate change then is it because they didn't even have cars then
If it happened 250 years ago its nothing to do with climate change then is it because they didn't even have cars then bigfella777
  • Score: 13

6:29pm Fri 7 Feb 14

eurogordi says...

bigfella777 wrote:
If it happened 250 years ago its nothing to do with climate change then is it because they didn't even have cars then
Spot on! Weather always goes in cycles and I have no shame about admitting my cynicism towards climate change. But if there really is nowhere for the water to go, please can Hampshire County Council start demolishing all the properties that it has allowed to be built on natural flood plains?
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: If it happened 250 years ago its nothing to do with climate change then is it because they didn't even have cars then[/p][/quote]Spot on! Weather always goes in cycles and I have no shame about admitting my cynicism towards climate change. But if there really is nowhere for the water to go, please can Hampshire County Council start demolishing all the properties that it has allowed to be built on natural flood plains? eurogordi
  • Score: 11

6:29pm Fri 7 Feb 14

localnews says...

Bet there's still a water shortage in the Summer month's this year though
Bet there's still a water shortage in the Summer month's this year though localnews
  • Score: 12

9:11pm Fri 7 Feb 14

WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER. says...

Harold K Steptoe wrote:
When can we expect the foreign aid to start.
twenty five trillion sitting in the caymans , good starting point.
[quote][p][bold]Harold K Steptoe[/bold] wrote: When can we expect the foreign aid to start.[/p][/quote]twenty five trillion sitting in the caymans , good starting point. WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER.
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