Flooding hits Hampshire as heavy rain returns

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4:03pm

There's some deep water submerging the roads in Brockenhurst today. This picture has been sent in by Echo reader Tomas Klima.

Daily Echo: Flooding at Brockenhurst. Picture by Tomas Klima.

If you have any pictures of the flooding where you are, send them to newsdesk@dailyecho.co.uk.

2:57pm

Another New Forest road has succumbed to the water. There is flooding reported on Burley Road in Bransgore, between the Ringwood Road junction and the B3347 Salisbury Road junction.

2:49pm

2:45pm

The Environment Agency has said its staff have been doing more "precautionary" work to improve flood defences in Wallington.

A crane has been on site to help add reinforcements to the one-tonne sandbags deployed on Thursday after cracks were found in the flood wall along the river in the village, near Fareham.

The agency said staff are continuing to monitor the situation and are carrying out this work to be fully prepared for any further rainfall over the coming days.

2:29pm

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1:29pm

Police say motorists have been removing barriers at Foxes Lane at Wellow and Giles Lane at Plaitford and driving through.

The cops say this is is "incredibly dangerous" and by moving the barrier are placing others in harms way. Their message is simple: "Don't do it".

1:10pm

Hampshire County Council has released a list of roads that are currently closed because of the flooding.

• Grange Road, Old Netley
• Foxes Lane, Wellow (ford)
• Giles Lane, Plaitford (ford)
• Hill St/Bridge Rd, Wade Bridge
• Green Lane, Romsey
• Balmer Lawn Road, Brockenhurst (under railway bridge)
• Sway Road, Bashley
• Bridge Street, Titchfield
• West Lane, Hayling Island

The authority said the following roads may also have to be closed:

• Satchell Lane, Hamble (not closed yet but at risk)
• A272 just outside Winchester (at Cheesefoot Head) - road traffic accident
• Charles Watt Way in Hedge End - road traffic accident

12:26pm

Problems have returned in Brockenhurst, which was badly hit by flooding on Thursday.

There is flooding reported on on The Rise, between the Burley Road junction and the B3055 Sway Road junction.

Here's our video of the flooding that hit the village earlier in the week.

12:23pm

With flooding now becoming a reality around the country, the Environment Agency has issued some advice to residents.

Paul Mustow, head of flood incident management, said: "With four severe flood warnings in force and further rain forecast, it is vital that communities remain flood aware.

"Flooding has a devastating impact on people's lives and our teams have been working throughout the night to reduce the risk of flooding. Our thoughts are with people who have been affected and advice on what to do to stay safe in a flood and clearing up afterwards can be found on our website.

"If you're going away for the holidays, give yourself extra time to make your journey, check your route before travelling and avoid driving through flood water.

"If you're leaving your property empty over Christmas, check the risk of flooding before you leave, move valuable items to safety and ask neighbours to keep an eye on your home."

12:09pm

Over on the Isle of Wight, there is reportedly bad flooding on the A3054 Forest Road in Newport at the Whitesmith Road junction.

11:57am

11:32am

Flooding on Calmore Road in Totton is causing misery for residents who are fed up with having to dig out the sandbags to protect their homes.

Families in the street woke up this morning to find the road in front of their homes submerged under water yet again, as the ditch in Michigan Way reached its full capacity.

Sandbags lined the front of many driveways in a bid to stop the flow of water into their gardens and teams from the Highways Agency tried to ease difficulties for drivers by placing piles of sandbags in strategic locations along the road.

Most drivers drove through the stream of water at slow speeds, but some failed to adhere to the signs urging them to slow down, spraying water up over the sandbags and into the driveways of residents.

Alan Brown, who has lived on Calmore Road for 25 years, said: “Something has got to be done to sort this out. This is the worst it has been for a while and we can't put up with it much longer.”

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Weather forecasters are predicting there will be heavy rain across Hampshire throughout the day.

You can find a more detailed forecast for your area by clicking here.

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11:06am

One of the two main roads into Portsmouth has been hit by flooding. Drivers are being warned to take care on Eastern Road southbound from the junction with the A27 because of standing water.

11:05am

More sandbags are being used to beef up flood defences in Wallington, which was the worst-hit area by the problems earlier in the week.

Hampshire police said they would be assisting the Environment Agency today in  putting extra sandbags in place today in the village, near Fareham, in case the water levels rise significantly again.

A severe flood warning - meaning there is a threat to life - was issued on Thursday in the area after cracks were discovered in the flood wall, leading to a partial evacuation of the village.

11:02am

The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings for the River Lymington at Brockenhurst, and East Meon, West Meon, Warnford, Meonstoke, Wickham, and Titchfield on the River Meon.

11:02am

Heavy rain has seen a return of flooding across Hampshire today.

Water levels have begun rising on roads around the county, as saturated ground and swollen rivers struggle to cope with the downpours.

Forecasters are predicting torrential rain will fall throughout the day.

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2:04pm Sun 23 Dec 12

Niel says...

Seeing the photo of the Land-Rover 90 at Brockenhurst beg's the question, why don't the County Council do someting sensible, like in the Alpine regions, and install road edge marker poles/posts, with water depth markings as a bonus, so emergency responders and others with 'suitable' vehicles don't run off the road when it's flooded?
As so many houses have been built on known flood plains it would save insurer's, thus customers (i.e. US!) money in the longer term too._
Seeing the photo of the Land-Rover 90 at Brockenhurst beg's the question, why don't the County Council do someting sensible, like in the Alpine regions, and install road edge marker poles/posts, with water depth markings as a bonus, so emergency responders and others with 'suitable' vehicles don't run off the road when it's flooded? As so many houses have been built on known flood plains it would save insurer's, thus customers (i.e. US!) money in the longer term too._ Niel
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