17 photos of flooding in Southampton and Hampshire over the last 100 years

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As countless people across Hampshire and the UK deal with the flooding that is causing so many problems, it is worth remembering that it is an issue that has long blighted countless communities.

The places worst affected today may not be the places scooping water out of their homes tomorrow - and as these photos show, there are few places in Hampshire that have not had to deal with flooding over the last 100 years or so.

1. Western Esplanade, Southampton, 1912

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Until the 1930s, Western Esplanade was Southampton's seafront. The photo above was taken on Boxing Day 1912. The building on the left is the site of today's coach station.

2. Cooper's Arms, Millbank Street, Northam, Southampton, 1912

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These two photos are both from Boxing Day 1912. The Northam and Chapel areas of Southampton were prone to severe flooding at the time, being so close to the River Itchen. Although most of the area was cleared away as part of the slum clearances, the Cooper's Arms is still there today. It recently was renamed to The Joshua Tree.

3. Leigh Road, Eastleigh, 1947

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Two shots of Leigh Road in Eastleigh during the floods of 1947, including one of a Southern Daily Echo van trying its best to make sure the people of the town get their news.

4. Totton, 1960

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This shows householder being rescued from their homes. This was taken at the western end of Rumbridge Street, adjacent to the carpark near Spicers Hill Roundabout, according to one of our readers below.

5. Fleming Arms, Swaythling, 1960

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In this photo from 1960, Monks Brook has swollen up and water spills forth from the drains as cars try and navigate their way through.

6. Archers Road, 1974

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It could be argued that these are more puddles than flooding, but at least there is a police officer getting his hands dirty trying to alleviate the problem at the rear of the Archers Road Stand at The Dell.

7. Weston Shore, 1976

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In a year best known for its hot, dry summer, 1976 also gave a bit of a soaking. Here Southampton water breaches the beach and floods the road - just as it did a few weeks ago in the exact same spot.

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It doesn't matter which year it is, but kids will always been drawn to water, as these photos from Hedge End in 1981 show.

8. Lymington, 1983

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There are a variety of ways to get around flood-stricken towns, rowing a bench may not be the best of them, however.

9. Lymington, 1989

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Six years later, and Lymington is hit again by flooding.

10. Millbrook Road, Southampton, 1993

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Like Western Esplanade, Millbrook Road used to stretch along the old shoreline, until the construction of the Western Docks. The reclaimation didn't mean a stop to the flooding however as this 1993 photo shows. In fact, the exact same stretch of road flooded just last year.

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8:31am Fri 14 Feb 14

solents says...

Great pictures - Photo No 4 was taken at the western end of Rumbridge Street, adjacent to the carpark near Spicers Hill Roundabout. - the two cottages are still there and are sporting sandbags at their doors as the road flooded again a few weeks ago when a drain was blocked!
Great pictures - Photo No 4 was taken at the western end of Rumbridge Street, adjacent to the carpark near Spicers Hill Roundabout. - the two cottages are still there and are sporting sandbags at their doors as the road flooded again a few weeks ago when a drain was blocked! solents

12:54pm Fri 14 Feb 14

southy says...

solents wrote:
Great pictures - Photo No 4 was taken at the western end of Rumbridge Street, adjacent to the carpark near Spicers Hill Roundabout. - the two cottages are still there and are sporting sandbags at their doors as the road flooded again a few weeks ago when a drain was blocked!
Spot on the location
[quote][p][bold]solents[/bold] wrote: Great pictures - Photo No 4 was taken at the western end of Rumbridge Street, adjacent to the carpark near Spicers Hill Roundabout. - the two cottages are still there and are sporting sandbags at their doors as the road flooded again a few weeks ago when a drain was blocked![/p][/quote]Spot on the location southy

2:46pm Fri 14 Feb 14

sotonbusdriver says...

The last Photo, number 10, was taken 21 years ago, and is identical if not worse today, with manhole covers being lifted by the water surging up beneath.
The Council is obviously not doing anything.
Because you would expect in two decades and the advancement of technology, that it just wouldn't happen on such a major road in and out of the city... Shirley Rd/High Street, just cannot cope with the volume of traffic that is diverted up there while the main road is closed from flooding
The last Photo, number 10, was taken 21 years ago, and is identical if not worse today, with manhole covers being lifted by the water surging up beneath. The Council is obviously not doing anything. Because you would expect in two decades and the advancement of technology, that it just wouldn't happen on such a major road in and out of the city... Shirley Rd/High Street, just cannot cope with the volume of traffic that is diverted up there while the main road is closed from flooding sotonbusdriver
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