LiveLive blog: Buckskin flooding

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  • -16 households evacuated
  • -The Ridgeway Centre opened for emergency advice
  • -Tankers on site throughout the night to pump away flood water
  • -Grampian Way and Blackdown Close both closed
  • -Portable toilets installed near the Ridgeway Centre


The Met Office is predicting more rain tomorrow morning, and heavy downpours on Wednesday.

It has issued a weather warning for rain in Hampshire from midday on Wednesday, accompanied by high winds.


Meanwhile, properties in the village of Preston Candover have flooded.

The borough council said all residents affected have indiciated they do not require emergency housing.

The water has come under floorbarods and into cellars.

St Mary Bourne also remains an area of concern.


The borough council has warned that water levels are rising and entering more homes in Buckskin.

More properties in Antrim Close are on standby for further evacuations.



Sam Gourlay, who is a resident in Antrim Close, has been helping neighbours to clear water from their homes.

She said: "It makes you feel quite emotional, seeing how everyone has come together.

"My home hasn't been flooded- I've been lucky.

"But we've all been pulling together, even the kids have been helping to sweep up."


The borough council is concerned about the fact heavy rain is forecast over the next couple of days in the local area. As well as the  potential that the flooding in Buckskin could worsen, there are also fears that St Mary Bourne could be affected. 


Buckskin councillor Robert Taylor is at the scene. He has praised the resilience and spirit of those affected, saying "despite the horror of having their homes flooded, people are really pulling together."

He said: "People don't know when they will be able to return- it really can't be easy.

"But they are showing real British spirit and are all coming together to help each other out."

He added that the council is facing an uphill battle to clear the water, despite tankers pumping away tens of thousands of litres.

He said: "As soon as it is pumped away, more water flows down to take its place.

"It's a real battle, but council staff at all levels are doing a fantastic job."




Stuart White, media manager for Thames Water, said: “We know many of our customers are having a difficult time dealing with flooding. We’re under enormous strain too – with a network that’s only supposed to take wastewater being inundated with floodwater, we’re working extremely hard to manage sewer levels. Teams are working around the clock, our resources are stretched and we’re on constant high alert, but we’re doing our best in difficult circumstances.”





Stuart White, media manager for Thames Water, said: "We are responsible for making sure our sewer network is well maintained and running smoothly, but our remit does not extend to investigating and solving groundwater, river flooding or surface water problems. This falls to local authorities and the Environment Agency."


If you have been affected by flooding, call the newsdesk on 01256 337444 or email 


Further heavy rain on Tuesday morning, Wednesday afternoon and Friday.


Residents are being reminded to take great care if using petrol or diesel generators in flooded areas.


There were concerns about tap water but the borouch council has confirmation from South East Water that this is not an issue. A statement from South East Water said: "Following Thames Water’s sewerage leak in the RG22 area of Basingstoke, South East Water would like to reassure customers that there is no link between sewer services and mains water supply, therefore South East Water’s supply has not been affected by this leak."


The borough council, Hampshire County Council and Hampshire Fire and Rescue continue to work with the community to cope with the flooding. They have been sandbagging and giving assistance to householders to move furniture.


Borough council staff have been working through the night in the coordination centre at the Ridgeway Centre.  It is still operating so onsite advice can be given to residents about the flooding and direct them to help or hotel accommodation if evacuated. A total of 16 properties have been evacuated so far.


Tankers have been out pumping water throughout the night in Grampian Way and Antrim Close areas.  Water levels are under control, if not going down yet.


Despite the tankers pumping water away, water levels are staying stable because of the volume of groundwater and the burst drain.

With more rain forecast tomorrow and on Wednesday, it is unclear if more properties will have to be evacuated.


The borough council has drafted in specialist tankers to try and clear dirty water from the flooded streets. 

A council spokesperson said they were forced to take action after Thames Water said they could not help.

The council has been working with the fire and rescue service and with Hampshire County Council to try and deal with the situation.


It is not only residents whose homes have been flooded that have been affected- others in the area are having problems using their toilets as the drainage system has been flooded.

The borough council has installed some temporary portaloos near the Ridgeway Centre for those affected. 


Residents are pulling together to help those affected by the floods.

Louise Newland, who has been evacuated from Antrim Close with her husband, Alan, and their two children, said that their neighbours had, in general, been brilliant.

Louise, 40, is currently staying with her father in another part of Buckskin.

She said: "We realised last night that there was water rising up and we left as soon as we could.

"It was a shock but you have to just get on with it.

"Most people around here have really been pulling together, helping each other with sandbags and helping move possessions.

"I've got no idea when we'll be back in our home."









Councillor Seán Woodward, executive member for economy, transport and environment at Hampshire County Council said: “Our teams have been extremely busy once again this weekend, working non-stop with our partners and the emergency services, wherever they have been needed.

He added: "Further heavy rain is forecast in Hampshire on Tuesday morning.

“I would urge motorists to take extra care in these severe conditions and in particular to drive carefully through water at all times, and avoid swamping nearby properties and other road users. Drivers are also reminded to observe road closures and not to move signs, as they are clearly in place for safety reasons.”


Basingstoke Gazette:

Picture of flooding in Buckskin, taken by Gazette reader. 


Basingstoke Gazette:

Flooding in Buckskin. Picture sent in by Gazette reader. 


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Flooding in Bodmin Close, Buckskin. Picture sent in by Gazette reader. 


The borough council has confirmed that 16 households have now been evacuated.

Six properties in Sperrin Close, eight in Antrim Close, one in Bodmin Close and one in Holyrood Close have been evacuated.

Some have been taken to hotels in the local area and some are staying with relatives while their homes are waterlogged.






The borough council has advised drivers to move their cars from near the junctions of Antrim and Ochil Close because of rising flood water. 


A Job Club that was meant to be running in the Ridgeway Centre in Buckskin today is cancelled because of the flooding.


There are no warnings in place from the Met Office covering the Basingstoke area today, but more heavy rain is expected tomorrow.  


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Labour borough councillor Paul Harvey in Buckskin. Picture by Paul King. 


Basingstoke Gazette:

Flooding in Buckskin. Picture by Paul King. 


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Flooding in Bodmin Close. Picture by Paul King.


Basingstoke Gazette:

Picture taken by Paul King. 


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Area manager Andy Bowers, who was heading the HFRS response to the flooding yesterday, said: "We will continue to support vulnerable communities and those in need during the extreme weather we’ve been experiencing, and in dealing with the flooding it has caused.

"During significant or exceptional flooding events, or when they are forecast, we will continue to prioritise resources where life is at risk and to work with our partners to safeguard critical infrastructure, community assets and saveable property."


Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service's Major Incident Room has been in operation to coordinate the deployment of personnel to work with other agencies across the county following the recent adverse weather.


Seventy Hampshire firefighters have been working hard with partners and local communities to reduce the impact of flooding.


The council is continuing to help properties that have flooded or are at immediate risk of flooding as groundwater levels are now extremely high and still rising.  With streams and ditches full and water lying in fields in many areas there is nowhere for the water to get away.


Portable toilets have been installed in the area near the Ridgeway Centre for those having problems flushing their toilets.


A coordination centre has been set up at the Ridgeway Centre to give onsite advice to residents about the flooding and direct them to help or hotel accommodation if evacuated.


Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Hampshire County Council and Hampshire Fire and Rescue have been  working with the community to cope with the flooding.  They have been looking at options to stop water rising as well as using sandbagging and giving assistance to householders.


Grampian Way and Blackdown Close - road closures in place.


Four tankers are now on site to remove water in Grampian Way and Antrim Way areas.

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10:24am Tue 11 Feb 14

Hurstvillage says...

Nice to See Basingstoke Council are providing toilets unlike Wokingham Borough Council @HurstBerkshire
Nice to See Basingstoke Council are providing toilets unlike Wokingham Borough Council @HurstBerkshire Hurstvillage
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