THIS WEEK IN 1974: Traffic built up as Meon burst its banks

Council workmen place sandbags alongside Winchester Road, Wickham, after the River Meon flooded the area
Council workmen place sandbags alongside Winchester Road, Wickham, after the River Meon flooded the area
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Flooding occurred after the River Meon, Wickham, burst its banks after becoming swollen with rain.

Water damaged streets, homes and businesses, while hundreds of phones were taken offline due to flooded cables.

During rush hour, long traffic delays developed around the flooded area.

Winchester Council workers arrived on the scene at about 7am, sandbagging roads to prevent more water spilling over.

Despite efforts to reduce damage, a chapel, a dairy and a garage all faced the wrath of the River Meon, as they were engulfed in about three feet of water.

Firefighters were also called to pump the cellar of the Kings Head public house, pictured on page 21, where they were greeted with refreshments by the landlord’s wife, A White.