LiveLive: Basingstoke storms

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  • Storms bring down trees and roofs
  • More residents evacuated in Buckskin
  • 2,200 homes in Basingstoke are without power
  • Have your been affected by the storms or flooding, or do you have any pictures? Call the newsdesk on 01256 337444 or email


Basingstoke Gazette:

Basingstoke firefighters have been working this afternoon to remove a roof from Sherfield-on-Loddon, which came down last night from a row of garages in Bow Drive, owned by Sentinel housing association. 

Caroline Martin-Smith, a care worker for Basing Care, was with a client in a house next door to the garages when the roof came off. She said: "There was an almighty gush of wind and then it was like the sound of velcro. It was like a scene out of Twister."




The mayor of Whitchurch, Councillor John Clark, said: "It is a very anxious time for many people, including myself. It is our intention to try and provide accurate information and assistance, rather than rely on hearsay."


Whitchurch Town Council held an emergency meeting to discuss the threat of flooding in the town. 


At Whitchurch Silk Mill Hampshire Fire and Rescue crews continue to clear sluice gates of debris every day to prevent flooding to the village.


Around 80 homes in the Buckskin area of Basingstoke are now affected by flooding.



In the last 24 hours Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service received more than 230 emergency calls and attended 120 incidents.


Scottis and Southern Energy engineers are working to restore power to customers while strong, gusty winds continue to affect the area. Following an early start to assess the damage caused by the extreme winds overnight, staff are working hard in some very challenging conditions to locate damage and repair to overhead power lines.


More than 1,500 homes are still without power in some rurual areas of Basingstoke. 


A video taken during the storms last night by a Gazette reader. 


Luck Bingham, regional director of Sovereign, said: “I have been impressed by the community spirit in Buckskin during this crisis, and the support local residents have been giving to our staff who are working long hours to deal with the situation."


Basingstoke Gazette:

Damage caused to garages in Brewer Close, South Ham, last night. Picture sent in by Paul King. 


Luke Bingham, Sovereign’s regional director for Hampshire, said: “Our paramount concern is the welfare and safety of our residents. We are ensuring that those residents that have left their homes, especially those with health care needs, are found appropriate temporary accommodation. We also remain in regular contact with those that have decided to stay, keeping them informed of the changing situation."


Basingstoke Gazette:

Picture sent in by Paul King of sandbags outside some shops in South Ham. 


Basingstoke Gazette:

Firefighters dealt with an incident in South Ham last night, where part of a garage roof came off. Picture sent in by Paul King. 


Luke Bingham, Sovereign’s regional director for Hampshire, said: “Although the situation seems to have eased a little this morning, there is still concern about the amount of water in roads and walkways surrounding these homes."


Basingstoke Gazette:

A fence down in South Ham. Picture sent in by Paul King. 


Last night, Sovereign staff supported Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council workers in going door-to-door in Prescelly Close and some parts of Bodmin Close and advising residents to evacuate on safety grounds. Although the homes were not flooded, they were becoming increasingly difficult to access and dangerous due to the floodwater surrounding their homes.

Residents of only two of the 31 Sovereign homes in the area identified as being at risk decided to leave.


The homes that were evacuated were on Exmoor Close, Bodmin Close and Prescelly Close. The residents have been given emergency accommodation or are staying with family and friends.


Total number of Sovereign homes now evacuated is 25. 


Sovereign Housing Association has confirmed that nine more houses were evacuated last night. 


Hampshire Fire and Rescue area manager, Stew Adamson said: "Last night's storm has hit the south of the county hard. We worked with partners, including local authorities, other emergency services and the military in the worst affected parts of Hampshire including Winchester, Test Valley, Basingstoke and the New Forest.  We will continue this work in the coming days.”


Scottish and Southern Electric has reported that around 94,000 customers are without power across the region, including 2,200 in the rural areas of Basingstoke. 




The situation is being monitored in St Mary Bourne and the water is slowly receding. Overnight, 500 sandbags were added to the dam with help from the Royal Navy. A site visit with council staff, the Environment Agency and the Royal Navy is taking place this morning.


The forecast for today shows that winds are reducing and only 4mm of rain showers are expected. Tomorrow's forecast is good but 10-20mm of rain is expected on Monday.


A tree fell across the railway line near Whitchurch last night, causing disruption to services. 


Last night, South West Trains advised customers not to travel because of multiple incidents across the network. Trains from Waterloo were suspended. 


In an open letter to customers, Tim Shoveller, managing director of South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance, said: "We are also very aware that, even when the weather turns for the better, our network will face the ongoing impact of the wettest winter in 250 years."


Tim Shoveller, managing director of South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance has written an open letter to customers. He said: "I wanted to write and update you on some of the steps we are taking to give you the best service we can under these difficult circumstances."


A tree on the line is affecting trains travelling in the direction towards Micheldever from Basingstoke. 


A tree fell across Timberlake Road, in Basingstoke, last night, resulting in the road being closed while it was removed. 


Basingstoke Gazette:

A tree has fallen on to St Thomas' Church, in Worting. Picture sent in by Gazette reader. 


Have you been affected by the storms or flooding? Call the newsdesk on 01256 337444 or email 


In Upton Grey the Thames Water owned sewage pumping station has partially failed – one of the two pumps has failed. It is also submerged in ground water. There is no immediate threat to property and Thames Water are tankering away at site.




Households at risk of flooding are being warned to prepare. Sandbags have been delivered to Brown Candover and Preston Candover parish councils.



The military have been helping to sandbag properties at risk in the Test Road area of Whitchurch. The fire service has also been distributing advice leaflets. 







River levels are rising in Whitchurch, where a flood warning has been issued for the River Test. The borough council worked with the town council and other organisations to provide support and prepare for flooding. 



Last night, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council reported that the situation was deteriorating in St Mary Bourne where water levels are rising in the Bourne river. The council was attempting to deliver more sandbags but this was being made difficult because of fallen trees. 





Firefighters from Basingstoke fire station attended an incident in Bow Drive, Sherfield-on-Loddon, at 1.17am, where a roof had come off a row of garages.


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A garage roof fell off in South Ham, and landed on top of a car. 


A tree fell across the A339 last night, just before Winslade. 


Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Roy Perry, said: “The County Council has been deploying all the resources it has available to keep people safe and keep Hampshire moving. We’re doing everything we can, but some disruption is inevitable."


Residents evacuated in Bucskin were transported by Centre Shuttle to an emergency rest centre in Hatch Warren. 


Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council took the decision to evacuate the bungalows in Bucskin because there was water in some of the properties.
The council said: “Four inches of fast flowing contaminated water was rushing past their front doors making it unsafe for them to get in and out even if they were not flooded. Given that many of the people living in the bungalow area are elderly or have disabilities, it was felt to be even more dangerous for them to stay in their homes.”


More Buckskin residents were evacuated last night, in Bodmin Close, Prescelly Close and Quantock Close.


Police are working with partner agencies around the clock to remove trees which are blocking roads.


Hampshire Constabulary received 2,033 calls in 24 hours yesterday – twice the daily average, and of which 759 were road related, with many reporting fallen trees and flooding.


Basingstoke Gazette:

A tree fell on to St Thomas' Church in Worting. Picture sent in by Gazette reader. 


Scottish and Southern Energy said it it working to restore power to communities, and is paying extra attention to vulnerable customers.


Basingstoke Gazette:

A woman is carried to safety by firefighters in Buckskin last night. 


Basingstoke Gazette:

Floodwater is rising in Bucksin. Picture by Paul King. 


The Black Dam area of Basingstoke was affected by a power cut last night.


Scottish and Southern Energy said that fallen trees, branches and other wind-borne debris affected power supplies, resulting in 2,200 homes losing power.
Over 1,000 engineers, linesmen, tree-cutters, line patrollers and support staff worked to locate and repair damage and restore power to customers.


MORE than 2,000 homes lost power in Basingstoke last night.


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