Main road closed for public safety due to flooding

Daily Echo: Concrete blocks laid across Greatbridge Road tonight. Concrete blocks laid across Greatbridge Road tonight.

POLICE have decided to close a Hampshire road over concern for public safety due to flooding.

The closure which came into place in the last few minutes will see Greatbridge Road in Romsey closed at the junction with Fishlake Meadows, which will prevent access to Budds Lane.

Police said this decision was made in consultation with experts from the Environment Agency and the local authority.

The Environment Agency said it was expecting 20mm to fall in the Romsey area tomorrow and further heavy rain on Monday and that it was therefore expecting river levels to rise.

Chief Inspector Simon Tribe said emergency services had already had to rescue one car stuck in flood water at this spot today.

 

"The decision was not taken lightly, we have been working closely with all of our partner agencies to do everything we can to keep roads open and traffic flowing in these exceptional conditions,” he said.

"However, the assessment today with the increasing flood levels was that the road has now become too hazardous to pass, and presents a risk to drivers.

“We have had overwhelming support from local residents and business owners on that industrial estate today.

“Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has just this afternoon rescued people from a car stranded in deep floodwater adjacent to the industrial estate at Budds Lane.

"We are hugely sympathetic to local businesses affected by these conditions and will do everything we can with our partner agencies to alleviate the flood conditions in this area as soon as we can, but the health and safety of the public must come first."

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6:25pm Thu 13 Feb 14

eurogordi says...

"Police said this decision was made in consultation with experts from the Environment Agency and the local authority."

The same Environment Agency who advised that the Somerset Levels should not be dredged !!
"Police said this decision was made in consultation with experts from the Environment Agency and the local authority." The same Environment Agency who advised that the Somerset Levels should not be dredged !! eurogordi
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3:27am Fri 14 Feb 14

SotonGreen says...

That road has been closed all week no ?
That road has been closed all week no ? SotonGreen
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8:14am Fri 14 Feb 14

hulla baloo says...

Building on meadows and low lands was bound to cause a problem such as this.
Building on meadows and low lands was bound to cause a problem such as this. hulla baloo
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4:32pm Fri 14 Feb 14

bluecougar says...

If you live near a river, i.e. The Test, at some point it will flood, I'm in Romsey but higher up - you pay the price for the beautiful views, I wonder how long it will be before Abbotswood will flood.
If you live near a river, i.e. The Test, at some point it will flood, I'm in Romsey but higher up - you pay the price for the beautiful views, I wonder how long it will be before Abbotswood will flood. bluecougar
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8:35pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Saintly Sam says...

bluecougar wrote:
If you live near a river, i.e. The Test, at some point it will flood, I'm in Romsey but higher up - you pay the price for the beautiful views, I wonder how long it will be before Abbotswood will flood.
Abbotswood is on high ground, so probably won't flood, but will cause flooding to lower lying areas, it should never have been allowed to been built.
[quote][p][bold]bluecougar[/bold] wrote: If you live near a river, i.e. The Test, at some point it will flood, I'm in Romsey but higher up - you pay the price for the beautiful views, I wonder how long it will be before Abbotswood will flood.[/p][/quote]Abbotswood is on high ground, so probably won't flood, but will cause flooding to lower lying areas, it should never have been allowed to been built. Saintly Sam
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3:52pm Sat 22 Feb 14

IanIEA says...

Inside the Environment Agency Blog: http://www.insidethe
environmentagency.co
.uk - An ex-EA manager put the internal green conflicts succinctly in his comment the other day, so it's lack of proper direction and priorities: John: "You can consider me one of those senior EA manager - worked in various functions for 9 years, the last 3 as a AEM before leaving in 2011. Most functions outside of FCRM are over funded and inefficient (sustainable places, biodiversity, groundwater, fisheries, even EM itself). At least a fifth of the budget could be re-allocated to higher priority projects by reducing these functions without any detrimental impact to their ability to meet legislative requirements. Unfortunately, the Pitt Review from the 2007 floods was rushed, so didn't go far enough, otherwise, the EA would not again be in the position it is in. That being said, there are some very fine, hard-working and dedicated employees."
Inside the Environment Agency Blog: http://www.insidethe environmentagency.co .uk - An ex-EA manager put the internal green conflicts succinctly in his comment the other day, so it's lack of proper direction and priorities: John: "You can consider me one of those senior EA manager - worked in various functions for 9 years, the last 3 as a AEM before leaving in 2011. Most functions outside of FCRM are over funded and inefficient (sustainable places, biodiversity, groundwater, fisheries, even EM itself). At least a fifth of the budget could be re-allocated to higher priority projects by reducing these functions without any detrimental impact to their ability to meet legislative requirements. Unfortunately, the Pitt Review from the 2007 floods was rushed, so didn't go far enough, otherwise, the EA would not again be in the position it is in. That being said, there are some very fine, hard-working and dedicated employees." IanIEA
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