THE birth of a beautiful baby girl has brightened the hearts of residents in a flood-hit village.
The Flood Action Group was on high alert in Hambledon as it awaited for the arrival of Louise and Clint Goble’s first child.
Louise, a 36-year-old solicitor from East Street, joked that the group may have to swing into action if the flooding became too bad to get to the hospital.
Fortunately Mia came along safely in Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, last Wednesday, her parents having carefully negotiated the flood water.
Louise said: ‘She was 8lb 9oz so she wasn’t small.
‘We managed to get out of the village at 3am and she came along at 9am.
‘We started a bit before that. It wasn’t too bad getting out. It was a slow start because we didn’t want to cause bow waves and flood people’s homes on the way out.
‘We did not need plan B, which everyone in the village was worried about.
‘People in the incident room were horrified that they might have to come and deliver her. But that proved unnecessary.’
Louise said she’s stocked up on more nappies than she’ll ever need so she doesn’t have to brave the flood waters for supplies.
Proud dad Clint, who has been married to Louise for nine years and together for 18, said: ‘Mia is absolutely beautiful.
‘They are both doing really well.
‘Fortunately, we live towards the end of the village so we were able to go down Back Lane so we didn’t have to drive through the centre of the village.’
Tony Higham, chairman of the flood action group, said the community was delighted to hear baby Mia arrived safely, and added: ‘We were all a bit worried about plan B – which is not on the normal volunteering brief!’
But there has been no let-up for residents as the village is still under water.
The armed forces have stepped in to help in the evenings once Hampshire County Council’s Accredited Community support Officers have finished their shifts at 10pm.
There is still no road access into Hambledon from East Street or Green Lane and only essential vehicles can enter via the B2150.
Postal deliveries have been cancelled to 70 homes.
n The outlook for the weekend is cold, bright and sunny with isolated showers tomorrow.
There will be rain and strong winds on Sunday and it will become colder and brighter on Monday with scattered showers.