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Flooding hotspots flare up after a week of heavy rain
A WEEK of heavy rain has resulted in widespread disruption to motorists who have been forced to navigate through substantial outbreaks of standing water on borough roads.
Pelton Road, in Houndmills, as well as Wade Road, in Daneshill, and Sherfield Road, in Bramley, have all been badly flooded.
The county council highways team were put on high alert last Thursday as 60mph winds and heavy downpours battered the county. Since November 20, up to three inches of rain has fallen in Basingstoke.
Following the outbreaks of localised flooding, Hampshire County Council environment chief Councillor Mel Kendal said county officers have earmarked up to six different hotspots in Basingstoke and Deane for drainage improvement work, as part of its long-running Operation Resilience.
These are Basingstoke’s Worting Road, the A30 at the Winchester Roundabout, Wade Road, Pelton Road, as well as Stoke Lane, in St Mary Bourne, and The Street in Bramley.
Last week, people visiting the Wade Road recycling centre struggled to get in and out as the road was barred by a large pool of water.
“We are fully aware of the situation with regard to flooding on Wade Road,” said Cllr Kendal, executive member for environment and transport. “We are now making arrangements for a more comprehensive technical investigation of the whole existing drainage system to identify potential problems and scope for improvements.
“Subject to our findings, we will look to include any drainage improvement works as part of our long-term planned structural maintenance programme, Operation Resilience, to be carried out during the 2013/14 financial year.
“We are also working with our partners at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, who are responsible for the access road in to the household waste recycling centre, to explore how this problem could be resolved to everyone's satisfaction.”