AN MP is working with agencies and businesses as work takes place to find a solution to flooding problems.

Following heavy downpours on Monday last week, areas of Fair Oak, Allington Lane, Botley and parts of hedge End were flooded with some businesses forced to close due to damage caused.

At Botley Mills, some businesses still haven't reopened as a petition has been launched to help the businesses in the area recover.

Now though, Eastleigh MP, Paul Holmes has said his main objective is to find a long-term solution.

He said: "I was shocked by the devastation that the floods caused. Our immediate priority has been to help those residents and businesses who have been worst affected.

"This has included arranging alternative accommodation, putting in place emergency defences and pumping water away from locations that were flooded. However, my main objective is to find a long-term solution to this problem which has been getting worse for many years and is sadly becoming more frequent.

"This will be a complex process though and with so many different organisations involved, collaboration will be essential if we are to achieve the outcomes that we all want to see.

"I am continuing to engage with all parties as we develop this proper long-term solution, including Cllr Steve Broomfield, and will keep residents and businesses informed on progress."

In the aftermath of the flooding, the MP had assisted residents in need while also helping to co-ordinate support with Hampshire County Council, Eastleigh Borough Council, the Environment Agency and Southern Water.

This latest flooding comes just weeks after Botley Mills was flooded before when a water main burst, forcing emergency services to rescue workers using boats.