More homes flooded in Buckskin

Basingstoke Gazette: More homes flooded in Buckskin More homes flooded in Buckskin

RESIDENTS are being warned to prepare for further flooding as heavy rain and high winds are forecast for the rest of the day.

More homes have flooded in the Buckskin area of Basingstoke, in Quantock Close and Prescelly Close.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is continuing to tanker the water and more sandbags have been delivered.

There will be another residents’ drop-in session today at the Ridgeway Centre, from 4.30pm until 5.30pm.

Staff are still at the centre to offer advice and direct resident to help or hotel accommodation if evacuated.

Basingstoke MP Maria Miller has visited Buckskin again for an update on the homes still at risk of flooding.

She has contacted Thames Water, to ask whether there is more that can be done to support the borough council and its partners in their efforts to deal with the flooding in Buckskin and offer assistance to residents.

Thames Water told The Gazette earlier this week that it was not responsible for rising floodwater and groundwater.

However, the company has now said it will look again at the cause of the flooding to see if it is able to help.

Stuart White, media manager for Thames Water, said: "Our absolute priority right now is to assist customers with sewer flooding inside their homes and to protect those who are most vulnerable, across our entire patch – which includes some of the worst hit places in the country.

“Once water levels reduce we will then be able to carry out thorough investigations into exactly what has happened in each specific area, and provide specific answers.

“Our teams are working under emergency conditions and are under enormous pressure. We’re working 24-hours a day, seven days a week alongside the Environment Agency and local authorities to protect our service and help our customers.”

Mrs Miller said: “The Environment Agency and Thames Water are under enormous pressure in dealing with the extensive severe flooding across large areas of the south, but I wanted to support the borough council in their requests for assistance, to see whether there is more that these bodies could do to help. I am glad that Thames Water are in touch with the council, and I hope that they will be able to help.”

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