Normality starts to return after flooding

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NORMALITY has finally returned to a village after a flood crisis that lasted more than two months.

The roads were reopened in Hambledon yesterday to the delight of villagers.

Tony Higham, who has led the volunteer flood action group, wrote his last bulletin to residents.

He said: ‘Maybe the stats say it all – in an 84-day period between December 10 and March 4 almost 27 inches of rain fell in Hambledon (77 per cent of annual rainfall) and there was only one dry day in all that time.’

He added there were ‘so many people to thank’, including residents who made cakes and food for the incident room, the volunteer wardens, postmen, and soldiers, sailors and airmen who gave up time with their families to help the village.

Groundwater levels continue to fall, but Mr Higham said the campaign continues in earnest for a permanent solution to the flooding problem.

He added: ‘For some of us the work will continue – keeping our foot on the pedal for the 1m pipe through the village is top of the list of course.

‘We anticipate a design and build company to be appointed in a few months.’