Homes evacuated, trains suspended, pubs flooded and roads blocked as 80 mile an hour storm brings chaos across south (From Daily Echo)
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Homes evacuated, trains suspended, pubs flooded and roads blocked as 80 mile an hour storm brings chaos across south
Updated 8:15am Saturday 15th February 2014 in News
Storms and 80 mile and hour winds brought t chaos across the south last night with homes evacuated, train services suspended and roads blocked.
South West trains suspended services across the region last night while roads have been blocked by fallen trees.
Rails services were back up and running this morning with only the line between Romsey and Salisbury shut.
Meanwhile The Avenue in Southampton has been blocked due to a fallen tree across both carriages and Locks Heath Road in Locks Heath has also been blocked by a fallen pine tree.
Mansbridge Road in Southampton is also closed until at least midday due to flooding.
The tree down in Locks Heath Road
Meanwhile police and fire crews descended on Lymington as night fell with warnings that the town’s vital seawalls could be breached in a huge tidal surge.
Flood warnings were so urgent that they carried a risk to human life, sparking a major operation by emergency crews.
Sandbags were stacked up early on along parts of Quay Road and Quay Street.
Officers went door to door in those roads as well as in Waterloo Road, Bath Road and Kings Saltern Road as they urged residents to escape what was expected to be a major flooding event late last night.
Lymington Leisure Centre was transformed into a make-shift shelter for the night for those who did opt to abandon their homes.
Provisions were made for around 200 people in the main hall and dance studio while the Salvation Army and Red Cross were put on alert to bring food and blankets.
T h e Environment Agency stationed a huge pump outside the Ship Inn where staff were pumping water out.
Water was flowing from The Quay into the street while crowds gathered around.
The military arrived just before 11pm as men from 3 DSR (Divisional Signal Regiment) helped police clear the road.
But no homes appeared to have been affected as the water reached peak tide.
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