Driver stuck in floodwater in Wade Road

Driver stuck in floodwater in Wade Road

Chris Prozzo with his car that got stuck in flood water at Wade Road

Father-of-two Dean Lloyd who was unable to dispose of waste at the Household Recycling Centre

Flood water outside the Household Recycling Centre in Wade Road

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WADE Road is now passable after it was closed because of flooding last Friday.

Motorists were left frustrated and one car had to be pushed out of flood water on February 7 when the road was affected by the bad weather.

The flooding, outside the Household Recycling Centre, built up after heavy rain hit Basingstoke over night last Thursday.

Motorists were diverted by police officers through Stroudley Road.

One unlucky driver had to be pushed slowly out of the water by a white transit van that was driving behind him after his car got caught in floods.

Chris Prozzo, an apprentice engineer at Blatchford’s, in Wade Road, was driving to work at 8:30am when his Ford Fiesta got caught in the water.

The 19-year-old, from Newbury, told The Gazette: “I was stuck in the water for about half an hour. I went to drive through it because I don’t know any other way to get to work. There was traffic coming both ways and the person on the other side braked and I tried to accelerate but I stalled.”

He only bought his car a month ago, for £600, and said: “They could have at least put up diversions signs. I am going to have to buy a new car.”

His mother, Jeannette, said: “It is just an inconvenience and to get him up here for work is 40 minutes here and 40 minutes back until he gets another car.”

Dean Lloyd, of Petty’s Brook Road, Chineham went to dispose of waste at the Household Recycling Centre.

But the father-of-two had to take his rubbish back home because of the floods, and said: “It floods every time and no-one can get in – they never do anything about it or install new drains and they have no-one on standby to pump water away.

“It is really frustrating – I have taken the day off today from work to dispose of my waste but I can’t. My whole house is being renovated and I take the odd day off to carry on working.”

Councillor Seán Woodward, executive member for economy, transport and environment at Hampshire County Council, said: “Wade Road was temporarily closed on the morning of Friday, 7 January due to rising surface water levels, and was cleared and reopened to motorists later that day.

“We are fully aware that flooding on Wade Road is a particular issue, and we continue to look into how we can rectify this going forward.

“Proposals are in place to implement drainage improvement works in the area as part of our Operation Resilience programme, but unfortunately the persistent rainfall we have been experiencing since November last year has been a delaying factor and we have been unable to carry out the vital trial drainage holes which will tell us whether these works are viable.”

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11:40am Thu 13 Feb 14

Honeybee123 says...

Seriously, he didn't know another way to work so he continued through a flood??? Have some sense mate and really, people have lost their homes, their livihoods and in some cases even their lives but this other man is moaning because he couldn't get his rubbish to the tip. *shakes head in disbelief*.
Seriously, he didn't know another way to work so he continued through a flood??? Have some sense mate and really, people have lost their homes, their livihoods and in some cases even their lives but this other man is moaning because he couldn't get his rubbish to the tip. *shakes head in disbelief*. Honeybee123
  • Score: 11

3:39pm Sat 15 Feb 14

gilb1964 says...

How can they say that the rainfall since november has been a delaying factor
in the continued flooding at wade rd. this has been a problem for well over 5 years, typical county council delaying factor , please get your facts right !!!!
How can they say that the rainfall since november has been a delaying factor in the continued flooding at wade rd. this has been a problem for well over 5 years, typical county council delaying factor , please get your facts right !!!! gilb1964
  • Score: 2

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