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  • Greatbridge Road in Romsey under a foot of water
  • Mansbridge Road will be closed for five days
  • Driver trapped in flooding at Allbrook
  • Rail delays due to the flooding as trains on go-slow
  • Flooding closed Stoneham Lane in Eastleigh this morning leading to M27 delays

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6:36pm

Basingstoke Gazette: flooding

River Test overflowing onto floodplain at Timsbury, from an unnamed Daily Echo reader.

5:49pm

5:39pm

Hampshire has suffered the second worst rainfall in the South, enduring its “worst winter rainfall in 250 years” according to Hampshire County Council.

It comes as county highways teams are deploying thousands of sandbags to keep roads open to try and repel the worst of storm Charlie tomorrow.

Cllr Sean Woodward, executive member for the environment, said: “Our priority is to protect Hampshire’s highways in this very difficult situation.

“Frontline teams have been working round the clock to keep on top of the on-going weather problems on the roads, dealing with flooding, fallen trees and emergency repairs.

“We will continue to do all we can with extra teams, gully emptiers and sandbags but the ground is so saturated now, and the rivers so full, there is really nowhere else for further rainfall to go.

“We continue to work with our partners at district councils, and the emergency services to deal with the situation across the county, caused by the most significant winter rainfall in nearly 250 years.”

The council is also applying for Government cash to fund immediate repairs for infrastructure.

5:25pm

Southampton City Council that Mansbridge Road will be open in fewer than five days, provided conditions improve.

5:12pm

Basingstoke Gazette:

A more suitable mode of transport in the flooded parts of Winchester

5:09pm

Basingstoke Gazette:

Residents of Budds Lane in Romsey are helped from their homes.

5:05pm

Basingstoke Gazette:

This is the rainfall the Met Office is forecasting at 6pm this evening.

5:01pm

4:20pm

Here are the latest lists of roads impacted by flooding this afternoon in Southampton. Roads in bold are closed.

  • Mansbridge Road

4:19pm

Here are the latest lists of roads impacted by flooding this afternoon in the Test Valley area. Roads in bold are closed.

  • Romsey town
  • A3057 north of Romsey: River Test flooding onto carriageway
  • Barton Stacey village
  • High Street, Shipton Bellinger - passable with care
  • Watery Lane, Shipton Bellinger - passable with care
  • Bulford Rd, Shipton Bellinger - passable with care
  • Winchester Rd, Kings Somborne - passable with care
  • New Lane, Kings Somborne - closed
  • Biddesden Bottom Rd, Appleshaw near The Green - passable with care
  • New Lane Ford, Kings Somborne - remaining at 2 ft and overflowing into Winchester Rd but passable with care
  • Budds Lane, Romsey - passable with care
  • A3057 Romsey - closed between the Dukes Head Public House and Greatbridge Rd at the rail bridge

4:16pm

Here are the latest lists of roads impacted by flooding this afternoon in the New Forest. Roads in bold are closed.

  • A338 Fordingbridge Bypass: ongoing with pump and lights
  • A338 Upper Burgate
  • Thatchers Lane Sopley  - closed and impassable
  • Derritt Lane between Bransgore and Sopley - closed
  • Palace Lane, Beaulieu: tidal flooding - passable most times
  • Lepe Foreshore Road: tidal flooding
  • Balmer Lawn Road, Brockenhurst: flood under bridge - impassable
  • Flood Street (Breamore)
  • Green Lane, Ringwood
  • Fryern Court Road
  • Dragon Lane, Kingston
  • Linford Road, Poulner
  • Kingsbury Lane Ringwood
  • Spencer Road , New Milton
  • North Ripley Road, Ripley
  • Tile Barn Lane, Brockenhurst
  • A337 Southampton Rd, Lymington: Near railway bridge
  • South Sway lane, Sway - passable with care
  • Coombe Lane, Sway
  • Quay Road o/s Ship Inn, Lymington: tidal flooding
  • Long Lane Marchwood
  • Bat and Ball PH, Breamore - The Marsh by the school - rd flooded
  • Sopley School, Ripley - schoo closed n Friday 7th  and Ripley Crossroads is  impassable

4:15pm

Here are the latest lists of roads impacted by flooding this afternoon in the Gosport Borough area. Roads in bold are closed.

  • Park Rd - tidal - currently at risk
  • Stokes Bay Rd - tidal  - currently at risk
  • Privett Rd - if River Alver is high - currently at risk

4:13pm

Here are the latest lists of roads impacted by flooding this afternoon in the Fareham Borough area. Roads in bold are closed.

  • Bridge Street, Titchfield - River Meon high level
  • Wallington (tidal) - levels very high
  • Wallington Shore Rd
  • Broadcut - river / tide
  • Meon Shore Rd
  • Oakcroft - Field run off
  • Peak Lane - Field run off
  • Spurlings Rd
  • Stubbington Lane -  South of Green River Lane
  • Pook Lane
  • Lockswood Rd opposite Upper Brook Drive
  • Honey Lane / River Lane
  • A32 under junc 10
  • Newgate Lane - South side of arch opposite Palmerston Drive
  • Titchfield Hill - Meon River

4:13pm

Here are the latest lists of roads impacted by flooding this afternoon in the Winchester District area. Roads in bold are closed.

  • Spring Vale/Loveden Lane, Kingsworthy
  • Down Farm Lane
  • Water Lane, Winchester
  • Hambledon village
  • Hursley village
  • Exton village
  • Bramdean (A272)
  • Cheriton village
  • Micheldever village
  • East Stratton village
  • North Boarhunt village
  • Tichborne village and approach on River Lane
  • Meonstoke village
  • Bishops Waltham- bottom of Beeches Hill
  • Owslebury Bottom
  • Lovedon Lane outside King Charles pub - road flooded

4:10pm

Here are the latest lists of roads impacted by flooding this afternoon in the Eastleigh Borough area. Roads in bold are closed.

  • Mortimers Lane between Stroudwood Lane and Winchester Rd, Upham - passable with care
  • Moorgreen Rd, West End outside allotments - half carriagway flooded
  • Budd Lane,West End between Burnetts Lane and Tollbar Way - passable with care
  • Quob Lane, West End north of M27 - passable with care
  • Wide Lane northbound carriageway passable with care
  • Stoneham Lane - cycleway flooded
  • Stoneham Lane between M27 & jct 5 and Chestnut Ave - Monks Brook is high
  • Satchell Lane, Hamble between Windsock Corner and Hamble Village - running water on carriageway but passable
  • Allbrook Hill / Highbridge Rd jct - flooded and closed at the rail bridge due to the overflowing stream

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3:43pm

Basingstoke Gazette:

World of Water in Romsey lives up to it's name. Flooded in the car park and on site.

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3:25pm

Basingstoke Gazette:

Romsey War Memorial Park is under water.

3:21pm

Twyford flooding co-ordinator, Angela Forder-Stent, said: "There are people in distress because they can't use their loos but we're doing all we can, we've got sandbags and pumps.

"The main issue at the moment is the sewage because it's getting backed up. It's a wait and see situation and we can only hope it doesn't rain for too much longer.

"I have to say the Twyford community pulls together very well and between us we've got lots of skills to cope.

"We're managing ok on our own for the moment but we're worried about whether the river is going to cope and it's pretty high."

3:20pm

3:17pm

Basingstoke Gazette:

Road closed at Fishlake Meadows in Romsey 

3:08pm

2:43pm

The flooding has cost one pub £70,000 in revenue in recent weeks.

Basingstoke Gazette:

2:34pm

Basingstoke Gazette:

More images of the flooding in Romsey.

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2:32pm

2:29pm

Over the last 24 hours, an average of 23mm (that's just under an inch) of rain has fallen across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Up to a further 20mm are expected over the next 24 hours.

2:25pm

Steve Moore, manager at Pizza Express in Winchester, said: "We're flooded by about four inches in our basement at the deepest point.

"Right now we're just trying to get our staff redeployed elsewhere while the restaurant is closed.

"The Environment Agency have said it could be at least another three weeks if it stopped raining today.

"At the moment I'm not concerned about our losses. I'm trying to get two of our waitresses, Ewelina and Justina, work elsewhere because they're struggling to pay their bills and this is a quiet time of the year as it is."

2:08pm

We've got more information on the flooding which has caused the closure of a building at the Unversity of Southampton.

Full story >>

Basingstoke Gazette:

1:39pm

Southampton City Council have confirmed that Mansbridge Road will now be closed for five days due to the flooding in the area around the White Swan pub.

Here is what the area looks like today, courtesy of reader Stavros Slater:

Basingstoke Gazette:

And here is what the pub was suffering from yesterday:

 

1:29pm

Flooding in Romsey

1:28pm

Police in Southampton are now suggesting that Mansbridge Road may even be closed over the weekend.

1:15pm

Basingstoke Gazette:

The petrol station in Greatbrige Road, Romsey this morning. As you can probably guess, it won't be open today and doesn't expect to be open tomorrow, either.

12:59pm

Basingstoke Gazette:

This is in Winchester, at St Bede's School.

12:55pm

12:51pm

Basingstoke Gazette: Flooding hits Greatbridge area of Romsey

More from Greatbridge in Romsey

12:45pm

Hampshire Constabulary have released this statement about today's flooding - and the anticipated heavy rain tonight.

"As we are currently experiencing increased flooding in parts of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and expecting more rainfall and highwinds overnight tonight and into tomorrow, we have teams from partner agencies across the two counties working together to provide a pro-active response, prepare for all contingencies and keep people safe.

"We have set up the Response Working Group at Netley, which will enable us to keep on top of the picture as it develops today."

Any tweets about the weather will be done using the hashtag #StormCharlieHants

12:37pm

Staff have been evacuated from a university building after it was damaged by adverse weather.

Building 65A on the University of Southampton's Avenue Campus has been partially closed due to structural damage.

The university confirmed the north side of the building was evacuated and its condition will be reassessed on Monday.

12:33pm

Greatbridge Road in Romsey is now in the process of being closed as a result of the flooding. Here is the road closure team putting up the signs.

Basingstoke Gazette:

The road will be closed from the bridge as far as World of Water.

12:31pm

Basingstoke Gazette:

This is the source of the flooding in Romsey, with the canal having breached the banks.

12:27pm

The AA has revealed its flood rescue team has dealt with an “exceptional” amount of flood-related calls across the South this morning.

AA Special Operations is warning drivers to keep their speed low and avoid flooded areas.

Team leader Darron Burness said: “This morning was exceptional - probably the most intense burst of flood call-outs we've had across such a relatively small area.”

He added: “Our patrols regularly report seeing people driving far too fast and too close. On wet roads, stopping distances increase significantly so tailgating someone at speed in these conditions is madness.

“Many of the people we've rescued have simply gone too fast and ploughed into flood water before they've even had a chance to react. Flood water will collect at the lowest point and this could be just round the next corner.”

The AA is also warning pedestrians to steer clear of flood water, which could contain sewage and bacteria as well as mask open manholes and other hazards.

12:26pm

12:26pm

Winchester City Mill employee Ric Weeks said: “We’re now in a state of flood and we’re worrying it could get worse. We have done everything we can and have opened all the sluices, but if the Environment Agency need to send more water this way there is nothing we can do.

“The level of water in here is normally about four foot lower than it is now. I have never seen it like that in the five years I have been here. Even in 2002 when we had floods, it wasn’t backing up like this, with all this white water.”

Meanwhile Twyford Parish Council, near Winchester, has asked villagers to beware as sewage is now a problem in the middle of the village. They’ve also ordered more sandbags and are appealing for volunteers to fill them.

Email forderstent@talktalk.net if you can help.

11:53am

Staying in Romsey, Mr Bambridge, added that at the moment there are no plans to shut Greatbridge Road as "it should shut half of Romsey".

He added that the road is still passable, provided drivers take care.

However, should the water get any deeper, they will have to contemplate closing the road.

11:45am

Basingstoke Gazette:

Jonathan Bambridge, from Hampshire County Council's highway division, has been in Romsey since 7.30am

He was sent to check that the highway draininage system was free flowing and had no blockages.

The drains are all clear and working properly, he told us, by the amount of water flowing from the canal which has burst its banks means there is simply too much water for the drainage system to deal with.

He added: "It's not really a Highways Agency issue, but more of and Environment Agency as the water is coming from the river. However, we're staying to help as people need it."

He brought with him 150 sandbags this morning, with another 150 on the way.

11:26am

In Southampton, traffic has calmed down considerably from the peak of trouble during rush hour.

Now, the roads most affected by delays are Northam Bridge, Terminus Terrace, Platform Road, Portsmouth Road and Cobden Bridge.

Of course, Mansbridge Road is still underwater, and police have now put diversions in place for drivers.

11:19am

AN elderly couple are being taken to hospital after a car ploughed into the water on Highbridge Road, Highbridge.

Water from the River Itchen has flooded onto the road and is threatening to swamp the homes next to the railway arches.

An ambulance and a fire engine have been called to the scene.

Hampshire Councty Councillor Andy Moore who is on the scene said the water was at “chest height” for the couple in the car who are “beginning to suffer the effects of hypothermia”.

We reported earlier over the flooding in the area, including one driver who became stuck.

See this video from earlier this morning:

11:15am

This was a field, along Greatbridge Road in Romsey.

 

Basingstoke Gazette:

The water along the road itself is over a foot deep in places, and stretches from the bridge towards Old Salisbury Lane.

Basingstoke Gazette:

11:06am

Basingstoke Gazette:

In Romsey, the Esso petrol station on Greatbridge Road, as been shut since 6am as the forecourt was underwater and they don't expect to be open today or tomorrow.

11:02am

These are the roads currently at risk of flooding in the Test Valley area:

  • Romsey town
  • A3057 north of Romsey: River Test flooding onto carriageway
  • Barton Stacey village
  • High Street, Shipton Bellinger - passable with care
  • Watery Lane, Shipton Bellinger - passable with care
  • Bulford Rd, Shipton Bellinger - passable with care
  • Winchester Rd, Kings Somborne - passable with care
  • New Lane, Kings Somborne - closed
  • Biddesden Bottom Rd, Appleshaw near The Green - passable with care
  • New Lane Ford, Kings Somborne - remaining at 2 ft and overflowing into Winchester Rd but passable with care
  • Budds Lane, Romssey - passable with care

11:01am

As how the weather is expected to look at 6am tomorrow morning.

Basingstoke Gazette:

10:59am

And here is the forecast for midnight:

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10:58am

Here is the Met Office radar forecast for 9pm tonight:

Basingstoke Gazette:

10:56am

Although there is no rain at the moment, the Met Office predicts have rain over night, which will add to the floods currently being dealt with across the county.

10:55am

Sue Dipper, 53, a resident at Water Lane in Winchester, said: "It's bad. When this first happened two weeks ago my husband phoned the council to get some sandbags and was told it wasn't their policy to hand them out.

"Enough people must've made a fuss because they've since changed their policy and, to be fair, the Environment Agency and the council have been up and down here everyday this week.

"If it bursts it bursts, there's nothing we can do about it.

10:54am

St Bede's School has previously been a victim of flooding, as this photo from 2001 shows:

Basingstoke Gazette:

10:45am

There are huge efforts underway in Winchester to stop the flooding from getting any worse.

Lawrence Talks, an Environment Agency officer, said 1000 sandbags have just been delivered to St Bedes School in Winchester.

The fire brigade and county council officers will arrive shortly to start stacking them up.

Mr Talks said: "what we're trying to do is protect people . So far only Pizza Ezpress and City Mill have flooded. There is a risk people's houses could flood and people should be prepared."

He said every one of the city's sluices are open - the first time that has happened since 2000.

10:37am

10:22am

Reader Stavros Slater has sent in this photograph he took this morning of Mansbridge and the River Itchen.

He said: "I was walking to Eastleigh and was walking across Mansbridge, just gone pass the White Swan where there's a major flood, and all the rivers were over flowing."

Basingstoke Gazette: A flooded Woodmill/Mansbridge

10:19am

Here are the latest closures of flood affected roads in the New Forest.   

  • A338 Fordingbridge Bypass: ongoing with pump and lights
  •     A338 Upper Burgate
  •     Thatchers Lane Sopley  - closed and impassable
  •     Derritt Lane between Bransgore and Sopley - closed
  •     Palace Lane, Beaulieu: tidal flooding - passable most times
  •     Lepe Foreshore Road: tidal flooding
  •     Balmer Lawn Road, Brockenhurst: flood under bridge - impassable
  •     Flood Street (Breamore)
  •     Green Lane, Ringwood
  •     Fryern Court Road
  •     Dragon Lane, Kingston
  •     Linford Road, Poulner
  •     Kingsbury Lane Ringwood
  •     Spencer Road , New Milton
  •     North Ripley Road, Ripley
  •     Tile Barn Lane, Brockenhurst
  •     A337 Southampton Rd, Lymington: Near railway bridge
  •     South Sway lane, Sway - passable with care
  •     Coombe Lane, Sway
  •     Quay Road o/s Ship Inn, Lymington: tidal flooding
  •     Long Lane Marchwood
  •     Bat and Ball PH, Breamore - The Marsh by the school - rd flooded
  •     Sopley School, Ripley - schoo closed n Friday 7th  and Ripley Crossroads is impassable

10:08am

Here are a list of roads and locations in the Winchester District that have been affected or closed due to flooding:

  • Spring Vale/Loveden Lane, Kingsworthy
  • Down Farm Lane
  • Water Lane, Winchester
  • Hambledon village
  • Hursley village
  • Exton village
  • Bramdean (A272)
  • Cheriton village
  • Micheldever village
  • East Stratton village
  • North Boarhunt village
  • Tichborne village and approach on River Lane
  • Meonstoke village
  • Bishops Waltham- bottom of Beeches Hill
  • Owslebury Bottom

10:06am

Locals at Highbridge Road in Allbrook said they had never seen the flooding as bad.

An employee at Construction company Bam Nuttall, based next to the bridge, said: "I've been here 40 years and never seen it like this. I thought there was supposed to be a pump installed a few years ago as it has flooded historically.

"But it's flowing in from the river too fast for a pump to do anything about it."

The water is around 3-4ft deep and several cyclists have struggled through waist deep.

Buses and lorries have managed to pass through slowly but cars are turning round.

The Highways Agency closed the road just before 9am and a spokesman said he did not know how long it would take to clear the water.

10:05am

Here are a list of all the road closures - full and partial - currently in place in the Eastleigh Borough area:

  • Mortimers Lane between Stroudwood Lane and Winchester Rd, Upham - passable with care
  •     Moorgreen Rd, West End outside allotments - half carriagway flooded
  •     Budd Lane, West End between Burnetts Lane and Tollbar Way - passable with care
  •     Quob Lane, West End north of M27 - passable with care
  •     Wide Lane northbound carriageway passable with care
  •     Stoneham Lane - cycleway flooded
  •     Stoneham Lane closed between M27 & jct 5 and Chestnut Ave - Monks Brook is high
  •     Satchell Lane, Hamble between Windsock Corner and Hamble Village - running water on carriageway but passable
  •     Allbrook Hill / Highbridge Rd jct - flooded and closed at the rail bridge due to the overflowing stream

10:03am

10:02am

Hampshire police are now saying that Mansbridge Road outside the White Swan pub is impassable due to flooding.

10:01am

9:49am

A tree has fallen onto an overhead power line.

Firefighters were called to the incident at 6.15am this morning involving the electricity cable in wasteland off Woodland Close, Rowner, Gosport.

One crew from Gosport attended and called out Southern Electric.

The firefighters made the scene safe and maintained a cordon around the area.

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9:42am Fri 7 Feb 14

ampshirelass says

The flooding on Mansbridge Road is increasing as the River flows onto the road, I drove through it earlier and it was deep, I would suggest people find an alternative route and the river is no longer flowing, its just flooding onto the road.

9:44am

There are also delays on High Road and Portswood Road in Southampton as driers continue to find alternatives to the motorway.

9:42am

9:42am

In Fordingbridge, the recreation ground next to the River Avon has been flooded, meaning all football and rugby matches scheduled for the weekend have been called off.

9:41am

Flooding as also led to a few school closures.

  • Sopley Primary in Bransgore- access roads are flooded
  • Wallisdean Infant School in Fareham - power cut

9:26am

There is also flooding on Mansbridge Road at the White Swan Pub, as reported yesterday. However, the road should still be passable.

9:25am

9:24am

Commuters getting up for trains will find services affected, including trains running at a reduced speed between Winchester and Micheldever stations on the line to London Waterloo, delaying services by around 15 minutes.

The line between Romsey and Southampton is currently flooded in Redbridge, Southampton, and trains are being diverted via Chandler's Ford, adding about 25 minutes to journeys.

9:23am

Meanwhile, flooding at High Bridge Road in Allbrook near Eastleigh saw a driver trapped in the water.

The car has now been pulled free with a handful of vehicles still trying their luck getting through the water.

9:22am

In the city, there are currently major delays on Bitterne Road East, West End Road, Northam Road, Bitterne Road West, St Denys Road, Portsmouth Road, the Itchen Bridge, Stoneham Way, Burgess Road, Thomas Lewis Way and Mansbridge Road.

9:19am

This hashad a knock-on effect on the motorway network, with the M27 westbound between junction five (M3) and junction 10 crawling along.

As drivers try and avoid the congestion on the motorway, they are heading through Southampton.

9:16am

Stoneham Lane in Eastleigh is flooded outside the Concorde Club in both directions between junction five of the M27 and Chestnut Avenue.

It means road access to Southampton Airport and Southampton Airport Parkway railway station is restricted and drivers are warned of long delays.

9:15am

Flooding in Eastleigh has led to the road network grinding to a virtual standstill this morning.

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9:42am Fri 7 Feb 14

ampshirelass says...

The flooding on Mansbridge Road is increasing as the River flows onto the road, I drove through it earlier and it was deep, I would suggest people find an alternative route and the river is no longer flowing, its just flooding onto the road.
The flooding on Mansbridge Road is increasing as the River flows onto the road, I drove through it earlier and it was deep, I would suggest people find an alternative route and the river is no longer flowing, its just flooding onto the road. ampshirelass

9:46am Fri 7 Feb 14

Krazeekat says...

People work on Stoneham Lane. The Concorde Club and Stoneham Rectory entrances are accessible from the Junction 5 end as the flooding is outside Stoneham Park. There is a shuttle bus that operates for the companies in Stoneham Rectory (perhap the bus seen?) Hence why cars and buses are driving through the closure. I was there when the men were adding cones to the closure and they said it was ok up to the Concorde Club, so access only.
People work on Stoneham Lane. The Concorde Club and Stoneham Rectory entrances are accessible from the Junction 5 end as the flooding is outside Stoneham Park. There is a shuttle bus that operates for the companies in Stoneham Rectory (perhap the bus seen?) Hence why cars and buses are driving through the closure. I was there when the men were adding cones to the closure and they said it was ok up to the Concorde Club, so access only. Krazeekat

12:45pm Fri 7 Feb 14

bigfella says...

the moral of the story - buy a bus or a coach
the moral of the story - buy a bus or a coach bigfella

10:43pm Fri 7 Feb 14

timewaster1 says...

I know it's not as bad as in Somerset but I didn't realise how bad it is in Hampshire.
I know it's not as bad as in Somerset but I didn't realise how bad it is in Hampshire. timewaster1

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