Hampshire residents urged to help flooding fight

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RESIDENTS are urged to keep their ditches and watercourses clear to help prevent flooding.

County council officials say prolonged spells of wet weather recently – with rain falling on to ground already saturated following the coldest December for 100 years – has increased the risk of flooding in some parts of Hampshire.

Although emergency crews are on call seven days a week, residents are now urged to do their bit. Councillor Mel Kendal, executive Member for environment, said: ‘We can all help by making sure that ditches and watercourses are kept clear of leaves and vegetation, and not putting grass cuttings or other rubbish in them.’