Severe flooding has led to an MP telling resident to avoid the Botley Mills area.

Torrential downpours yesterday led to widespread flooding across the area, disrupting trains and causing damage to businesses and homes.

Last night, Eastleigh MP Paul Holmes tweeted to say: Botley Mills is extremely flooded and I’ve just left business owners on site while trying to organise more council help which is on its way.

"Avoid the area for a while while businesses repair and clean up. We’ll provide any assistance we can."

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He added: "Have this evening been visiting and helping residents who have suffered terrible flooding in Allington Lane.

"Sandbags on the way and some residents helped with accommodation. Have just left business owners Botley Mills which is also severely flooded. Avoid for a few days."

A month's worth of rain fell in 24 hours, the Environment Agency said.

Botley Mills Country Store said they would be closed this morning due to the floods.

They posted pictures of the damage and the water last night on their Facebook page.

And the YMCA Fairthorne Manor said: "After last nights deluge, we have an update on the roads in the immediate vicinity of Fairthorne Manor.

"The flooding on Botley Road by our old entrance drive and at Pinkmead corner have now both subsided and are passable. The flooding on Broad Oak by the Skoda garage between Botley and Hedge End and has also subsided and Botley Mill is passable.

"We haven’t been able to check all roads in, so please do take care if driving to site today."

The flooding comes just weeks after Botley Mills was flooded due to a burst water main.

Seven people had to be rescued after the water main at a hair salon burst causing rising water a metre deep.

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 This morning, rail services between Eastleigh and Fareham remain disrupted.

The flooding has caused a signalling problem which is being investigated.