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Weather chiefs issue flood warning to homes
7:17am Wednesday 17th October 2012 in Environment
Torrential rain brought flash flooding across Hampshire overnight.
Commuters were hit as rain brought chaos to road and rail networks.
In Southampton the main A33 Mountbatten Way west bound was shut due to standing water.
That was reopened shortly after 7am.
It comes as environment chiefs last night issued a flood warning to people living in homes near the coast with surges in water levels predicted from lunchtime.
Further flood alerts were issued for the coast from Milford on Sea to Calshot, along Southampton Water, around the Isle of Wight, Fareham to Emsworth and Hillhead to Gosport.
Environment Agency area manager James Humphrys said: “With the high spring tides, and anticipated wind surges, our teams are working hard to ensure we are prepared and are working with our professional partners to make sure the public are aware of the risk.
“We are receiving regular weather updates from the Met Office, continuously monitoring both tidal conditions and river levels and have officers out checking flood defences and closing floodgates.
“People should be aware that there could be a lot of water in coastal areas, so avoid trying to drive or walk through any floodwater and be sensible when out and about, particularly around the coast.
“Now is a good time for anyone who lives in an area vulnerable to flooding to think about the precautions they can take to protect their properties.”
Further advice from the Environment Agency’s 24-hour flood warning service Floodline is available on 0845 988 1188, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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