Construction of pipe begins to help stop flooding

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WORK begins this week on building a huge underground pipe to prevent flooding in Hambledon.

Contractors yesterday started building a mile-long pipe beneath West Street and East Street.

It will collect groundwater from the hills and drastically reduce the chances of a repeat of last year’s major flood.

The work is set to last 15 months. Road closures and a diversion route will come into force later this month.

The £4.3m scheme is being overseen by Hampshire County Council.