LiveLIVE: Floods hit Southampton and Hampshire

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Summary

  • Flood warnings in force for Southampton and Hampshire
  • Exceptionally high tide came between 11.15am and 12.15pm in Hampshire
  • Wet few weeks mean the tide exacerbated problems
  • Flood waters now causing problems for drivers with many roads under water

6:44pm

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6:29pm

This photos from Mike Vimpany show flooding in Wallington earlier today.

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Meanwhile, here is the latest weather forecast:

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5:34pm

Reader Kellie Hiscock sent us this photo of flooding earlier today in Northam.

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The Lymington ferry is facing delays this afternoon as a result of the earlier weather.

In a statement, WightLink said: "Services to and from Lymington were temporarily suspended this afternoon due to a combination of strong winds and unusually high tides.

"The service has now resumed and we are running with only a slight delay expecting the service to return to normal as conditions improve.

"We recommend that customers arrive as usual for their booked sailing arriving 30 minutes before departure.

"All other services are running to their advertised timetable.

"Wightlink would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.  Passengers concerned about their sailing(s) should call Wightlink reservations on 0871 376 1000."

3:17pm

Victoria Road, in Netley Abbey is reported to be flooded.
Janet Dean, 73, of Netley Abbey, said the water is around 2ft deep and goes right across the road close to the entrance of the Royal Victoria Country Park.
She said that waves were crashing against the new sea defences and running along the 30ft walkway and hitting the glass of houses on the seafront.
It is the force of this seawater that is causing the flooding, she said.

3:11pm

Shore Lane in Warsash, as photographed by Echo reader Spencer Nicholson.

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Flooding at McDonald's in Hedge End. Photo by Alicia Galvin.

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A fallen tree in Fareham, near the viaduct.

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2:39pm

A runner braves the weather at Weston.

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A rainbow over Naomi House and Jacksplace. Photo by Keith Wilson.

2:10pm

Lepe Country Park will remain closed today due to large waves and a flooded car park.

1:52pm

Reporter Chris Yandell says flood waters are receding in Lymington, with fears of damage to homes and businesses proving unfounded.

But he says Environment Agency staff will remain at the scene, and are likely to return later this evening amid fears of fresh flooding.

1:37pm

The River Wallington has burst its banks.

Environment Agency are on the scene and are helping an elderly resident out of their home.

1:35pm

Wallington Shore Road in Wallington village has been closed to traffic between the Roundabout Hotel (base of J11 slip road off M27) to the Cob & Pen PH in centre of village. Around a quarter-mile stretch is shut because of flooding.

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Things are looking up - this rainbow was snapped by reporter Rory McKeown over Weston.

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Strong gusts are now blowing in across the county, coming from a southerly direction.

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Storm clouds move back towards Weston Shore.

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Flood waters receeding in Lymington.

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12:59pm

Another picture of Riverside Park, this time with the Mans Bridge in the background.

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These pictures show how the River Itchen has burst its banks at the Mansbridge end of Riverside Park, near the old Mans bridge itself.

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It looks like the water could be starting to recede at Weston Shore.

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Lee Cooper has sent us this photo from Lepe Beach.

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This is the High Street in Hamble.

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This is the rather bleak scene from Town Quay in Southampton, looking out towards the Royal Pier.

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The heavy rain and strong wind has now passed over the Redbridge area in the west of Southampton, as it moves eastward.

12:13pm

Priory Road resident Nigel Cook said he hadn't seen storm surge creating tidal waves on the quayside for several years.

This photo shows how rough the River Itchen is between Bitterne Park and St Denys.

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12:12pm

The flood gates in Lymington.

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12:11pm

In Hamble the water has breached the quay walls off Rope Walk with the road closed and police standing on guard.

Residents watching the water rising said they had not seen the levels so high in years.

That was before they were all forced to sprint for shelter as a ferocious downpour of skin-lashing hail and torrential rain soaked them to the bone at around noon.

Water is licking up around the waterfront-based Royal Southern Yacht Club and a house near the quay.

A car park is completely closed off while benches that normally sit well above the high tide mark are partly submerged in water.

High tide today was scheduled for 11.53am.

Many took time out of their mornings to look at the rising water.

A police officer and a police community safety officer were at the scene in an advisory capacity and they erected road closure signs as the tide swept in.

12:10pm

Riverside Park in Bitterne Park has burst its banks, although there is still some distance between the water and the homes in Manor Farm Road.
 
 

12:09pm

This is the situation in Lymington, as people try to avoid the water - but still want to get a look.

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The River Itchen has burst its banks into Priory Road resident Anne Shorey's back garden.

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12:07pm

The tide has started to recede at Lymington and experts say the danger has passed for the time being.

But a tidal surge is expected after lunch and everyone is remaining on their guard.
Lymington is being battered by wind and rain, raising fears of flooding later on.

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The scene in Eling, as photographed by Martin Prince.

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11:59am Fri 3 Jan 14

southy says

Just hope it will not get pass the rail tracks if it do then the lower part of Redbridge will be flooded

12:03pm

Wind and rain is now hitting the county, with hail coming down in some places.

This is adding to the problem of the high tide, whioch hit most places in the last 15 minutes.

12:02pm

We've just taken a phone call from journalist Ryan Sutton who is down at Weston Shore. He says the water that has breached Weston Parade is as much as a foot deep in places.

He adds that although the road has been closed, there are no signs to say so, meaning drivers are still trying to negotiate the road.

11:57am

Weston Parade has now been closed due to the flooding of Weston Shore.

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This is the scene at the rear of Priory Road, showing the water from the Itchen creeping up on to the rear of the homes in the St Denys street.

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If you need advice on how best to prevent or deal with flooding, you can find it here:

11:48am

Anyone travelling to or from Southampton Airport today has been advised to leave extra time for their journey.

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Weston Shore has now been swamped, as Southampton Water breaches the beach and floods Weston Parade.

 

11:41am

River water is flowing under the floodgates outside the Ship Inn at Lymington Town Quay.

Sandbags lining the bottom of the gates have failed to halt the surge and staff from the Environment Agency are using a pump to try to keep the water at bay.

Water has also breached the floodgates at the top of a slipway opposite the Boat House Cafe but no buildings have been affected.

A police helicopter is monitoring the scene from above.

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The water is beginning to reach the remains of Royal Pier in Southampton. Waves are beginning to lap over the top of the pier.

11:28am

At Lepe Country Park in the New Forest, the park's cafe will remain closed today due to the risk of flooding.

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If you come across any flooding or any other problems related to the weather today, be sure to send us a photo or video.

You can either email us at website@dailyecho.co.uk, upload via the website and Facebook or tweet us @dailyecho

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This is the scene at the Ship Inn in Lymington right now.

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Meanwhile, the EA has issued an alert for the coast around Southampton Water including Calshot and Lepe.

Flood alerts are one step below flood warnings.

11:01am

Reporter Chris Yandell is in Lymington. He said: "The Lymington River is only inches from the top of the Town Quay wall and all the flood gates have been closed to protect the Ship Inn and other businesses lining the quay.

"Staff from the environment agency are at the scene together with coast guards and staff from New Forest District Council."

 

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Meanwhile, there is also a warning in place for the River Blackwater, between Landford and Wade Bridge. The warnings for the river are not tide related.

10:48am

In the New Forest, high is expected at 11.30am at Lymington and Keyhaven, at Town Slip and Ship Inn. Staff have closed flood gates but properties are being told to expect flooding.

In Beaulieu high tide will be 11.50am, with warnings for Palace Lane and the B3056.


 

10:37am

Hamble Estuary will also see its highest tide at 11.50am, with warnings for boat yards at Bursledon and Rope Walk, Hamble; Rising Sun, Warsash.

10:32am

11.50am is also the keytime for residents of Calshot, Hythe, Marchwood, Eling and Redbridge, Downs Park Crescent, Eling; Calshot Activity Centre; Magazine Lane, Marchwood.

 

10:28am

Residents in part of the Itchen Estuary in Southampton have been warned to expect the river to be at its highest at 11.50am.

The Environment Agency has warned residents in - in Priory Road in St Denys, Woodmill at the edge of Bitterne Park and Swaythling and the White Swan at Mansbridge.

10:19am

Of course, the weather and any subsequent flooding will of course have an impact of the roads and pub transport networks.

You can get live traffic and travel information on our live service, which will keep you updated throughout the day.

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10:17am

This is the current weather forecast for the Southampton area.

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Although there is currently no rain falling, rain overnight and over the last few weeks mean the ground is saturated.

With high tide due between 11.15am and 12.15am today, there is a high risk of flooding in a number of areas.

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The maps are from the Environment Agency who have issued a number of warnings for the county.

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The purple areas show the parts of central Southampton most at risk from flooding.

10:14am

Hampshire and Southampton have today been put on a major flood alert.

The city council has warned residents of the risks, and the Environment Agency has updated its flood warning map to show which areas have the highest chance of flooding.

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11:59am Fri 3 Jan 14

southy says...

Just hope it will not get pass the rail tracks if it do then the lower part of Redbridge will be flooded
Just hope it will not get pass the rail tracks if it do then the lower part of Redbridge will be flooded southy
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1:06pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Tenderhearts wife says...

don't bother phoning your caring Southampton City Council for help if you are a pensioner and been told by the environment agency that you are a risk of your home flooding , a simple request for help with sandbags was met with, 'your on your own' .
don't bother phoning your caring Southampton City Council for help if you are a pensioner and been told by the environment agency that you are a risk of your home flooding , a simple request for help with sandbags was met with, 'your on your own' . Tenderhearts wife
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3:20pm Fri 3 Jan 14

warrens 76 says...

Look on the bright side Portsea will look like this all the time in 20 more years!
Look on the bright side Portsea will look like this all the time in 20 more years! warrens 76
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4:26pm Fri 3 Jan 14

andysaints007 says...

Tenderhearts wife wrote:
don't bother phoning your caring Southampton City Council for help if you are a pensioner and been told by the environment agency that you are a risk of your home flooding , a simple request for help with sandbags was met with, 'your on your own' .
Yeah right
[quote][p][bold]Tenderhearts wife[/bold] wrote: don't bother phoning your caring Southampton City Council for help if you are a pensioner and been told by the environment agency that you are a risk of your home flooding , a simple request for help with sandbags was met with, 'your on your own' .[/p][/quote]Yeah right andysaints007
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