Floods, fallen trees and power cuts - the clear-up begins across Hampshire after storms hit the county

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  • HAMPSHIRE is waking up this morning to the aftermath of heavy storms that battered the south yesterday.
  • Today the clear-up was under way as workers cleared fallen trees from roads and railway tracks and repaired power lines brought down by high winds.
  • Nearly 1,000 calls were made to police and fire services overnight related to severe weather conditions.

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WIGHTLINK Ferries has added an extra sailing tonight to help passengers get back in time for Christmas

The company has provided an additional foot passneger Catamaran to depart from Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde Pier Head at 9.15pm to help those delayed by cancelled train departures from London Waterloo.

It follows Wightlink staff battling through the storms yesterday despite gales of up to 90mph recorded off the Isle of Wight and one of its four ferries withdrawn from service due ot the weather.

Wightlink chief executive Russell Kew said: "

“I am very proud of our staff who all coped magnificently with conditions at the limit during this extremely challenging time.

“They worked tirelessly and with good humour to help as many people as possible cross the Solent. We also want to thank our customers for their patience and understanding during the storm.”

 

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FALLEN trees and flooding is continuing to cause havoc to rail services.

More routes are open on the South West Trains network but a reduced service is still running.

Dozens of trees are still on the line while other areas have been hit by flooding and the Guildford to Havant (via Portsmouth) is one of five lines where trains have been suspended.

The operator is advising people not to travel unless absolutely necessary and passengers returning home this evening are strongly advised to travel as early as possible.

The last services plannig to depart from London Waterloo between 7pm and 9pm but ware subject to change due to the weather and are expected to be very busy.

Passengers who have to travel should check the latest service information at southwesttrains.co.uk and on Twitter #StormSWT.

Ticket flexibility has been increased to allow passengers to change their time of travel if necessary.

5:25pm

MORE than 65,000 homes are still without power across the South.

SOuthern Electric Power Districution (SEPD) announced its engineers have been working round the clock to fix lines, after re-connecting 45,000 customers over the last 24 hours. 

Areas hit include 3,000 homes in the New Forest and 200 in the Isle of Wight.

More than 600 staff, contractors and tree cutters are working with local autorities to repair damaged lines and remove trees from roads.

They have also set up catering vans in neigbourhoods without heat or power.

Hot drinks and food are being served at Brockenhurst Station until 6pm tonight.

Anyone suffering disruption or damage or aware of neighbours and friends needing extra help should contact 0800 072 7282.

 

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Wide Lane has now reopened.

Traffic is subject to two-way lights after Southampton City Council Highways teams and firefighters helped clear a fallen tree.

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The A337 in Brockenhurst has now reopened after delays caused by flooding, according to @Traffic_SouthE.

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POLICE have closed the A27 Southampton Road in Romsey over fears about a dangerously unstable tree.

They have shut the road northbound from the Romsey roundabout where the tree is precariously hanging over the road near The Rapids leisure centre.

Hampshire Police said the carriageway will be closed until the Highways Agency makes it safe.

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THE A36 is closed in both ways between the A3090 at West Wellow Services and the B3079 Lyndhurst Road due to a fallen tree and collapsed power cables.

 

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This is the River Avon, six miles north of Ringwood. Picture by Ron Wain.

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Southampton City Council have released this statement about the clock tower:

During the winds last night, part of the copper roof on the clock tower came off. No one was hurt or injured in the incident.

We have been  working in partnership with Hampshire Fire and Rescue who have been on site for the last few hours working with us and structural engineers in the clock tower to check the structure and assess the damage.

The priority has been to secure the remaining sections of the roof with the health and safety of the public our top priority.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue staff have cut access holes from inside the roof of the clock tower, have removed the loose and “flappy” bits of copper which were likely to come down and are now in the process of securing the remaining parts of the copper roof by nailing it down everywhere they can.

Our security staff on duty over the next few days have been briefed to be especially watchful in relation to the roof, and HFRS have said if the roof starts to lift any more, they will come back, cut more holes and do more nailing.

 

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The clock tower at Southampton Civic Centre has been damaged in last night's storm.

Shane Jeffrey Hedges (@ChiefResident) posted this image to Instagram.

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Patrick added: "Some trains from the airport are cancelled but many who have taken a taxi are marooned in the traffic jam from hell - and no doubt many people trying to leave the airport had their flight cancelled yesterday."

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Reporter Patrick Knox, who is stuck in traffic around Southampton Airport, added: "The closure of Wide Lane also causing tailbacks stretching to Eastleigh, with people heading to Swaythling unaware of the road being shut from the airport roundabout."

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Heavy winds have stripped away part of the clock tower roof at the Civic Centre in Southampton.

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Godfrey and Wanda Levendale were watching television at around midnight when the “huge” conifer came down.

Luckily it did not do any major damage and ended up resting against one side of house rather than crashing into it. But it did rip the guttering off the home in Kingsdown Way, Townhill Park.

Wanda, 57, a nurse, said: “We have been here 13 years and last night we saw the tree swaying in a way we had never seen before.

“Then just before midnight I heard this tremendous 'thwack' against the house. We couldn't really see what happened but I knew it was the tree.

“If it had been half a metre taller it could have been awful. We are so lucky. It's taken out all the guttering and is now resting up against my lounge and bedroom window.”

She added she had no idea when they would be able to get the tree removed.

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George Sedgley has sent in this photo of a fall tree in Newtown Road in Warsash.

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Echo reporter Patrick Knox says hundreds of cars are stuck in a jam outside Southampton airport.

He said he has been in the queue outside the airport terminal for 45 minutes.

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Southern Electric engineers have been working hard to restore power to thousands of homes across the region.

There are now 4,900 homes without power in the New Forest and 200 without power on the Isle of Wight.

Elsewhere in Hampshire, 1,800 homes in Portsmouth are still without power, while 24,600 homes in Petersfield are powerless.

 

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The A36 at West Wellow has reopened.

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A brick wall surrounding the front garden of a house in Bond Road, Bitterne, has collapsed.

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A tree has smashed into a house in the Thornhill area of Southampton. More details on this link.

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Villagers being rescued in the New Forest today.

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Phil Burner, from Welcome to Titchfield has sent us these photos from the village today.

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ROMSEY and Southampton MP Caroline Nokes has been locked in emergency discussions today after the failure of a sewerage pumping station brought flooding to the area.

Miss Nokes has demanded better flood defence for Romsey during discussions with Southern Water, the Environment Agency and the emergency services following overnight storms.

She said: "Like many, I came home yesterday to a fallen tree and a power cut – and overnight constituents in Romsey and Swaythling have been badly affected by flooding, particularly in Romsey when the pumping station failed.

"Many homes have been flooded with raw sewage – a horrid experience at any time of year, but one which is very hard to take so close to Christmas.”
Speaking from Riverside Gardens, the scene of overnight flooding, Caroline went on to call for more work to be done on flood prevention.

She added: "I have long been concerned about flooding in Romsey which according to Environment Agency’s Flood Management Plan, is the most vulnerable town in the area, and liable to flood at any time. Although some flood prevention work was done, we now need to rapidly reassess all flood management plans for Romsey."

She said: "This morning I have been speaking to Southern Water, Environment Agency and the brilliant emergency services, and I am grateful for the work their staff and those from all utility companies are doing to ensure the storms do not overshadow Christmas.

"Many will be working on Christmas day and for that they deserve our thanks.

"But once this emergency is over, with twice as many homes at risk of flooding than Winchester, much more needs to be done to prevent floods in the future."

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Many boats have broken their moorings on the River Hamble - even the Hamble Lifeboat needed pumping out.

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Thanks to the unnamed reader who sent in this photo.

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Dramatic images of a car crushed by a tree on South East Road by Echo reader Steve Yeates.

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Another photo tweeted to us by reader Gill showing the duck pond on Southampton Common, which has burst its banks.
 

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Windermere Avenue between Green Lane and Mansel Road West in Millbrook, Southampton, has been reopened after a tree fell on the road this morning.

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This is the scene in Staplehurst Close, Weston.

Photo from reader Kelly Pier.

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Jane Clegg has sent us this photo via email. She said: "Lymington River burst banks north of causeway overnight, flooding road to Beaulieu. Flooding predicted to worsen this afternoon when high tide in estuary."

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Roads have been flooded in Lymington towards Beaulieu after the river burst its banks north of the causeway.

 

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Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has received 500 calls relating to the severe weather.

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Oakmount Road is now open and flowing freely, Eastleigh police have confirmed.

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Reader Rob Chandler has sent us this photo from Balmer Lawn in the New Forest, where the usually tranquil stream is a raging river.

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Winchester Road in Romsey under water this morning.

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More photos of the damage caused by the fallen tree in Townhill Park:

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This Southampton City Council van came of second best to the tree that fell on it on Bassett Green Road, picture by reader David Ray.

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A tree has been uprooted in Kingsdown Way, Townhill Park, crashing into the back garden of one of the homes.

Photos sent in by Earl Levendale.

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Josh Drake from Weston got his feet wet taking this flooding picture walking towards Netley from Weston Shore.

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South West Trains has confirmed a reduced service will be in operation across the network as engineers repair tracks and remove trees.

Services started running at just after 8am but customers are warned to expect significantly fewer trains after more than 60 trees fell onto lines.

Passengers are advised not to travel unless aboslutely necessary.

A spokesman for the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance said: "The weather we have seen over the past 24 hours has hit the south-west of England particularly badly.

"It has had a higher impact on our network than the St Jude storm a few months ago and has produced some of the most challenging conditions our frontline teams have had to cope with in many years.

"Our maintenance teams are out across the network today, clearing tracks and carrying out repairs. However, the damage is far worse then expected. As well as running a heavily reduced service, there are some areas where it is not physically possible or safe to run trains or replacement road transport. That is why our advice today is to travel only if absolutely necessary.

"We appreciate this is a very difficult and anxious time for our customers and we are sorry they have faced significant disruption. We would like to assure them that we are doing everything we possibly can to get them home so they can spend Christmas with family and friends."

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Andreia Da Silva Couto has sent us these photos from Romsey of some flooding.

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Reader Keith Simon is facing a clean-up job after his 'heavy duty' garden fence was blown down by the storm.

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Another tree down, this time in Kingsdown Way, Townhill Park, picture sent in by reader Earl Levendale

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Amy Clifft and her family had an escape when this giant tree fell onto their house. Luckily nobody was injured.

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Flood alerts remain in place across Hampshire.

The Environment Agency says around 50 properties on the Monks Brook, between Swaythling and Chandlers Ford.

Around 45mm of rain fell in Otterbourne over the last 24 hours.

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Another tree fell on a home in Weston, Southampton, at around midnight.

Owen Miller was wrapping presents at his home in Staplehurst Close when a 60ft fir tree was uprooted by the storm.

He said: “My wife came downstairs and said she could see branches out of our window. I opened the front door and there it was; this massive great tree.

“It took a gulley off our house and is currently resting on our roof. We looked in the loft but can't see any damage to the interior, and we won't know how bad the exterior damage is until it's removed.

“If it had been 15ft shorter it would have come in through our bedroom. It's lucky Christmas wasn't ruined.”

He added his neighbours had contacted the council and had been told someone would be out to help this morning.

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Hampshire County Council's highways chief Cllr Sean Woodward has praised the clear up effort this morning.

He said: "Staff have responded very well indeed, swinging into action in these difficult conditions with our partner agencies to deal with flooded roads and fallen trees and I commend their efforts."

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Residents of Lordswood Road woke up this morning to find this large tree no longer standing, luckily it fell over the green and traffic is running smoothly.

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Flooding near the Lamb Inn at Winkton this morning. Photo by Simon Rowley.

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This is the scene in Rum Walk in Totton this morning, as taken Andy Mintram on his way to work.

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A bus passes through flooding in Lower Brownhill Road

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Thousands of homes across Hampshire are still without power.

Around 9,000 homes in the New Forest are affected by power cuts, while 1,800 households on the Isle of Wight are without power.

Engineers for Southern Electric Power Distribution (SEPD) have been working since 6am to assess the damage and starting repairs. 

 

 

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This is from ex-Saints player Radhi Jaidi, taken in North Baddesley.
 
 
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Redbridge Lane outside Southampton Rugby Club is flooded and impassable.

A large tree has also fallen on the green in Lordswood Road, but it is not causing and congestion.

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Chris Waters, 67, from the Polygon area of Southampton, was due to visit her sister in Bristol but her train has been cancelled.

She said: "The staff are doing their best under difficult circumstances.

"The weather was absolutely terrible last night."

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An unnamed reader has sent us in this photo of an 84-year-old conifer tree that has come down in a garden in the Sholing area of Southampton.

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9:01am

Daily Echo reporter Michael Carr is at Southampton Central.

He said the station is quiet as commuters are advised there are no South West Train services until 10am. 

One woman, who did not want to be named, was waiting for a train to Gatwick as she heads home to Ireland for Christmas.

She said: "It has been a nightmare. I do not know if I am going to make it there."

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A fallen tree is blocking Seymour Road, Shirley.

The road is currently closed as removal work is carried out.

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Daily Echo: A tree felled by high winds in East Park, Southampton

This tree came down in East Park in Southampton yesterday.

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A fallen tree is blocking Southampton Road in Park Gate.

There is congestion in the area near Halfords and Currys and police are waiting for the highways department to clear the tree.

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This tree is blocking Burnt House Lane at Bransgore.

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Here is today's weather forecast:

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Good news at last. Landside operations at Southampton's container terminal have resumed after services were suspended due to strong winds.

8:32am

One of the main routes in and out of Winchester is closed.

Badger Farm Road has been hit by flooding overnight and police are re-routing traffic.

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People in Monarch Way, Winchester, were hit by a power cut at around 11pm last night (Monday).

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The A337 in Brockenhurst is partially closed due to flooding.

Drivers are warned of delays of around ten minutes and advised to take care on alternative routes.

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There are no rail services from Southampton Central until at least 10am this morning.

This is due to flooding between Westbury and fallen trees on the line.

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South East Road in Sholing is closed due to a fallen tree, while Broadcut in Fareham, near the Sainsbury's supermarket, is flooded.

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Crews from St Mary's fire station were called to automatic fire alarms at Boots in Above Bar, Southampton, and in Danes Court, Shirley.
They also dealt with a broken telephone cable in Harefield Road overnight.

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Wide Lane is closed between Southampton Airport and Mansbridge roundabouts as engineers work to remove a fallen tree.


Nearby Stoneham Lane is flooded by the Concorde Club and motorists are warned to expect delays.

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4:10pm Tue 24 Dec 13

country bird says...

So the A36 is closed both ways, so what do te police do? .... They divert trafic onto Blackhill rd, through furzey, bramshaw and other neighbouring villages. None of the ars are sticking to 30mph and there are animals everywhere, people are braking, swerving to one side etc, only a matter of time before an accident with animals and eats throw into the equation the dark that's setting in soon shall we. Well done traffic police and other policing units.

Not a god move when your not controlling the situation thru everywhere else.
So the A36 is closed both ways, so what do te police do? .... They divert trafic onto Blackhill rd, through furzey, bramshaw and other neighbouring villages. None of the ars are sticking to 30mph and there are animals everywhere, people are braking, swerving to one side etc, only a matter of time before an accident with animals and eats throw into the equation the dark that's setting in soon shall we. Well done traffic police and other policing units. Not a god move when your not controlling the situation thru everywhere else. country bird

5:43pm Tue 24 Dec 13

ToastyTea says...

All trains to Botley and that way cancelled, great :/ no traditional Xmas Eve drinks in Botley for me tonight.
All trains to Botley and that way cancelled, great :/ no traditional Xmas Eve drinks in Botley for me tonight. ToastyTea

11:04pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Northamer says...

Thanks to all involved in getting our power back on, much appreciated! Easy to forget how much we rely on electricity. Cheers & happy xmas
Thanks to all involved in getting our power back on, much appreciated! Easy to forget how much we rely on electricity. Cheers & happy xmas Northamer

9:25pm Wed 25 Dec 13

Mousetrap says...

Although I live in the north of England I know this area well and feel very sorry for those involved. I ditto the sentiments of Northamer who thanks the workers sorting out the electricity; all the services will be involved for quite some time yet by the looks of it.

I hope things get to normal as soon as possible.
Although I live in the north of England I know this area well and feel very sorry for those involved. I ditto the sentiments of Northamer who thanks the workers sorting out the electricity; all the services will be involved for quite some time yet by the looks of it. I hope things get to normal as soon as possible. Mousetrap

2:27am Fri 27 Dec 13

sundance_118 says...

hey!!!! we get this weather in Ontario.canada,, just suck it up , and clear it up , and get on with life , as long as no one is hurt or killed whats the problem , things can be repaired people cant ,, look after the people
hey!!!! we get this weather in Ontario.canada,, just suck it up , and clear it up , and get on with life , as long as no one is hurt or killed whats the problem , things can be repaired people cant ,, look after the people sundance_118

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