Southampton drying out after last night's flooding

City drying out after last night's floods

Flooding in Chapel Road, Southampton

Millbrook Road West, photgraphed last night. Picture by Echo reader Lizzy Ellis

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Education Reporter

TORRENTIAL rain and exceptionally high tides sparked traffic chaos for thousands of commuters last night.

A section of Southampton’s busiest road had to be closed after a surge of seawater forced manhole covers loose and flooded the carriageway of Millbrook Road West.

Frustrated motorists were left stuck in huge tailbacks as emergency services had to move in to rescue stranded vehicles which had broken down in water up to two feet deep.

Elsewhere, Southampton Airport had to temporarily close its runway to planes as thunderous downpours made conditions unsafe.

The high spring tide caused the River Itchen to burst its banks at Riverside Park in Southampton, while the rain left floodwater lapping at the front doors of houses in St Cross Road in Winchester.

Flash floods caused the closure of the busy A33 Millbrook Road West and Mountbatten Way twice yesterday.

Heavy rain overnight meant it was closed in the morning, before the rising seawater combined with further downpours to flood the road again at around 6pm, with stunned onlookers saying it looked more like a lake.

The westbound carriageway was completely closed between Paynes Road and Regents Park Road, and two lanes shut eastbound while police, fire crews and city council staff worked to secure manhole covers and rescue two broken down vehicles.

Once the road was reopened, cars gingerly made their way through the water, while cyclists and pedestrians were left with no option but to get very wet feet.

Cyclist Jake Pearce, 26, said: “I should have brought my surfboard. I cycle along this road every day and have never seen anything like this.”

Bob Hopper, 60, from Millbrook, said the water was deeper than he had ever seen on Millbrook Road West. He said: “I’ve never seen this road flooded so badly in all my life.

“It looks like the drains in the main road have gone.”

Forecasters were predicting more heavy rain overnight, with flood warnings in place in Southampton, Hamble, Hythe, Marchwood, Eling, Beaulieu, Milford on Sea, Calshot and Gosport.

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10:00am Thu 18 Oct 12

southy says...

What is needed is to open up all the steams and brooks that flowed into the Itchen and Test, give the water a better chance of flowing into the rivers.
What is needed is to open up all the steams and brooks that flowed into the Itchen and Test, give the water a better chance of flowing into the rivers. southy
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10:29am Thu 18 Oct 12

Zeo says...

No matter which way I drove last night, there was always a flood, managed to get through 2 but the 3rd got me and had to turn around and head home the long route on higher ground. How ever the lighting was just brilliant to watch while stuck in traffic. Bravo Mother Nature, Bravo!
No matter which way I drove last night, there was always a flood, managed to get through 2 but the 3rd got me and had to turn around and head home the long route on higher ground. How ever the lighting was just brilliant to watch while stuck in traffic. Bravo Mother Nature, Bravo! Zeo
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12:03pm Thu 18 Oct 12

Nicole23 says...

southy wrote:
What is needed is to open up all the steams and brooks that flowed into the Itchen and Test, give the water a better chance of flowing into the rivers.
Do you not understand? If the tide is that high it cannot flow out stupid because its flowing in, what an idiot.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: What is needed is to open up all the steams and brooks that flowed into the Itchen and Test, give the water a better chance of flowing into the rivers.[/p][/quote]Do you not understand? If the tide is that high it cannot flow out stupid because its flowing in, what an idiot. Nicole23
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12:35pm Thu 18 Oct 12

jonnyx says...

"Southampton drying out after last night's flooding" calm down echo, it's hardly cockermouth or boscastle is it? you might as well have headlined this article "two hipsters looking at a puddle in st mary's"
"Southampton drying out after last night's flooding" calm down echo, it's hardly cockermouth or boscastle is it? you might as well have headlined this article "two hipsters looking at a puddle in st mary's" jonnyx
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1:13pm Thu 18 Oct 12

Lionel P says...

Nicole23 wrote:
southy wrote:
What is needed is to open up all the steams and brooks that flowed into the Itchen and Test, give the water a better chance of flowing into the rivers.
Do you not understand? If the tide is that high it cannot flow out stupid because its flowing in, what an idiot.
How dare you challenge southy on anything connected with the sea or shipping? He is directly descended from King Canute.
[quote][p][bold]Nicole23[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: What is needed is to open up all the steams and brooks that flowed into the Itchen and Test, give the water a better chance of flowing into the rivers.[/p][/quote]Do you not understand? If the tide is that high it cannot flow out stupid because its flowing in, what an idiot.[/p][/quote]How dare you challenge southy on anything connected with the sea or shipping? He is directly descended from King Canute. Lionel P
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1:20pm Thu 18 Oct 12

helldell says...

To all those complaining about the rain over the last 48 hours I say "get a life". Just be greatful you don't live in places like India or Thailand. During their rainy season the amout of rain we've had would be classed as a shower.
To all those complaining about the rain over the last 48 hours I say "get a life". Just be greatful you don't live in places like India or Thailand. During their rainy season the amout of rain we've had would be classed as a shower. helldell
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2:12pm Thu 18 Oct 12

Nicole23 says...

helldell wrote:
To all those complaining about the rain over the last 48 hours I say "get a life". Just be greatful you don't live in places like India or Thailand. During their rainy season the amout of rain we've had would be classed as a shower.
Exactly, and all the people who moan about the price of gas, our winter would be classed as summer by a lot of people in Europe.
[quote][p][bold]helldell[/bold] wrote: To all those complaining about the rain over the last 48 hours I say "get a life". Just be greatful you don't live in places like India or Thailand. During their rainy season the amout of rain we've had would be classed as a shower.[/p][/quote]Exactly, and all the people who moan about the price of gas, our winter would be classed as summer by a lot of people in Europe. Nicole23
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2:21pm Thu 18 Oct 12

sotonbusdriver says...

The Police should have been issuing driving without due care fines to all the 4x4 drivers..
They were belting through the floods, and their wakes were totally drowning the cars alongside and behind them...
Just because the deep water didn't necessarily effect their vehicles, their poor driving skills directly led to others having the engines die, and water coming in under the door sills..
The Police should have been issuing driving without due care fines to all the 4x4 drivers.. They were belting through the floods, and their wakes were totally drowning the cars alongside and behind them... Just because the deep water didn't necessarily effect their vehicles, their poor driving skills directly led to others having the engines die, and water coming in under the door sills.. sotonbusdriver
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2:38pm Thu 18 Oct 12

southy says...

Lionel P wrote:
Nicole23 wrote:
southy wrote:
What is needed is to open up all the steams and brooks that flowed into the Itchen and Test, give the water a better chance of flowing into the rivers.
Do you not understand? If the tide is that high it cannot flow out stupid because its flowing in, what an idiot.
How dare you challenge southy on anything connected with the sea or shipping? He is directly descended from King Canute.
Well when you have work on and with water then you will under stand how it beheaves, open up the Streams and brooks again will give the water a chance to move, rising up in the channel of the stream or brook, piping off natural streams and brook restricts the amount of water that can be flow in a pipe and is why you get the backing up water because it can not flow though the strom drains fast enough.
Along millbrook road what streams over flowed, i can tell you i did point it out yesterday, it was the two streams that are piped so they back filled forcing the water to try find another way round, Note Tanners Brook did not over flow and thats because it mostly an open brook and surplus rain water on the roads was able to flow in the strom drains and into tanners brook.
[quote][p][bold]Lionel P[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nicole23[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: What is needed is to open up all the steams and brooks that flowed into the Itchen and Test, give the water a better chance of flowing into the rivers.[/p][/quote]Do you not understand? If the tide is that high it cannot flow out stupid because its flowing in, what an idiot.[/p][/quote]How dare you challenge southy on anything connected with the sea or shipping? He is directly descended from King Canute.[/p][/quote]Well when you have work on and with water then you will under stand how it beheaves, open up the Streams and brooks again will give the water a chance to move, rising up in the channel of the stream or brook, piping off natural streams and brook restricts the amount of water that can be flow in a pipe and is why you get the backing up water because it can not flow though the strom drains fast enough. Along millbrook road what streams over flowed, i can tell you i did point it out yesterday, it was the two streams that are piped so they back filled forcing the water to try find another way round, Note Tanners Brook did not over flow and thats because it mostly an open brook and surplus rain water on the roads was able to flow in the strom drains and into tanners brook. southy
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3:31pm Thu 18 Oct 12

HillsidePaul says...

southy wrote:
Lionel P wrote:
Nicole23 wrote:
southy wrote:
What is needed is to open up all the steams and brooks that flowed into the Itchen and Test, give the water a better chance of flowing into the rivers.
Do you not understand? If the tide is that high it cannot flow out stupid because its flowing in, what an idiot.
How dare you challenge southy on anything connected with the sea or shipping? He is directly descended from King Canute.
Well when you have work on and with water then you will under stand how it beheaves, open up the Streams and brooks again will give the water a chance to move, rising up in the channel of the stream or brook, piping off natural streams and brook restricts the amount of water that can be flow in a pipe and is why you get the backing up water because it can not flow though the strom drains fast enough.
Along millbrook road what streams over flowed, i can tell you i did point it out yesterday, it was the two streams that are piped so they back filled forcing the water to try find another way round, Note Tanners Brook did not over flow and thats because it mostly an open brook and surplus rain water on the roads was able to flow in the strom drains and into tanners brook.
You've no idea how much it pains me to say it but he's got a point.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lionel P[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nicole23[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: What is needed is to open up all the steams and brooks that flowed into the Itchen and Test, give the water a better chance of flowing into the rivers.[/p][/quote]Do you not understand? If the tide is that high it cannot flow out stupid because its flowing in, what an idiot.[/p][/quote]How dare you challenge southy on anything connected with the sea or shipping? He is directly descended from King Canute.[/p][/quote]Well when you have work on and with water then you will under stand how it beheaves, open up the Streams and brooks again will give the water a chance to move, rising up in the channel of the stream or brook, piping off natural streams and brook restricts the amount of water that can be flow in a pipe and is why you get the backing up water because it can not flow though the strom drains fast enough. Along millbrook road what streams over flowed, i can tell you i did point it out yesterday, it was the two streams that are piped so they back filled forcing the water to try find another way round, Note Tanners Brook did not over flow and thats because it mostly an open brook and surplus rain water on the roads was able to flow in the strom drains and into tanners brook.[/p][/quote]You've no idea how much it pains me to say it but he's got a point. HillsidePaul
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3:58pm Thu 18 Oct 12

Eric_Cartman says...

Nicole23 wrote:
southy wrote:
What is needed is to open up all the steams and brooks that flowed into the Itchen and Test, give the water a better chance of flowing into the rivers.
Do you not understand? If the tide is that high it cannot flow out stupid because its flowing in, what an idiot.
I hesitate to agree with Southy but I would say that the sea level was still below the level of the street. It's just that all the wash off from a lot of the city pools there and can't escape quickly enough.
[quote][p][bold]Nicole23[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: What is needed is to open up all the steams and brooks that flowed into the Itchen and Test, give the water a better chance of flowing into the rivers.[/p][/quote]Do you not understand? If the tide is that high it cannot flow out stupid because its flowing in, what an idiot.[/p][/quote]I hesitate to agree with Southy but I would say that the sea level was still below the level of the street. It's just that all the wash off from a lot of the city pools there and can't escape quickly enough. Eric_Cartman
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5:10pm Thu 18 Oct 12

jonnyx says...

for nicole23 to label anyone stupid is a delicious irony
for nicole23 to label anyone stupid is a delicious irony jonnyx
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7:52pm Thu 18 Oct 12

cmth40 says...

winchester was flooded most of the day,even eastleigh had its share,it will only get worse with all the concreting and taking away the grass and tree,s for new house builds which the country wouldnt need if they sent the immigrants home,winchester like many places are becoming concrete jungles
winchester was flooded most of the day,even eastleigh had its share,it will only get worse with all the concreting and taking away the grass and tree,s for new house builds which the country wouldnt need if they sent the immigrants home,winchester like many places are becoming concrete jungles cmth40
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10:52pm Thu 18 Oct 12

southy says...

HillsidePaul wrote:
southy wrote:
Lionel P wrote:
Nicole23 wrote:
southy wrote:
What is needed is to open up all the steams and brooks that flowed into the Itchen and Test, give the water a better chance of flowing into the rivers.
Do you not understand? If the tide is that high it cannot flow out stupid because its flowing in, what an idiot.
How dare you challenge southy on anything connected with the sea or shipping? He is directly descended from King Canute.
Well when you have work on and with water then you will under stand how it beheaves, open up the Streams and brooks again will give the water a chance to move, rising up in the channel of the stream or brook, piping off natural streams and brook restricts the amount of water that can be flow in a pipe and is why you get the backing up water because it can not flow though the strom drains fast enough.
Along millbrook road what streams over flowed, i can tell you i did point it out yesterday, it was the two streams that are piped so they back filled forcing the water to try find another way round, Note Tanners Brook did not over flow and thats because it mostly an open brook and surplus rain water on the roads was able to flow in the strom drains and into tanners brook.
You've no idea how much it pains me to say it but he's got a point.
Thats what happens when most of your life as been or near water you tend to notice things and learn by it.

I wondering how the new oasis school faired building that new school on a field that was left to be a soak away for heavy rain.
[quote][p][bold]HillsidePaul[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lionel P[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nicole23[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: What is needed is to open up all the steams and brooks that flowed into the Itchen and Test, give the water a better chance of flowing into the rivers.[/p][/quote]Do you not understand? If the tide is that high it cannot flow out stupid because its flowing in, what an idiot.[/p][/quote]How dare you challenge southy on anything connected with the sea or shipping? He is directly descended from King Canute.[/p][/quote]Well when you have work on and with water then you will under stand how it beheaves, open up the Streams and brooks again will give the water a chance to move, rising up in the channel of the stream or brook, piping off natural streams and brook restricts the amount of water that can be flow in a pipe and is why you get the backing up water because it can not flow though the strom drains fast enough. Along millbrook road what streams over flowed, i can tell you i did point it out yesterday, it was the two streams that are piped so they back filled forcing the water to try find another way round, Note Tanners Brook did not over flow and thats because it mostly an open brook and surplus rain water on the roads was able to flow in the strom drains and into tanners brook.[/p][/quote]You've no idea how much it pains me to say it but he's got a point.[/p][/quote]Thats what happens when most of your life as been or near water you tend to notice things and learn by it. I wondering how the new oasis school faired building that new school on a field that was left to be a soak away for heavy rain. southy
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