Pregnant Louise hoping for safe route to hospital

VISITOR Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire Dame Mary Fagan talking to villagers in Hambledon. Picture: Chris Dixon

VISITOR Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire Dame Mary Fagan talking to villagers in Hambledon. Picture: Chris Dixon

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HEAVILY-pregnant Louise Goble is living amid the floods – and is hoping she will be able to get to hospital without any hitches.

The 36-year-old solicitor was one of several residents to meet Dame Mary Fagan, the Queen’s representative as the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, who toured flood-stricken Hambledon yesterday.

Louise Goble

Louise Goble

It came as residents braced themselves for another night of battening down the hatches as yet another storm passed over the south.

People said the Dame’s visit was a real boost to the village’s morale.

Mrs Goble, 36, who is four days overdue and is planning to drive to Queen Alexandra Hospital when the time comes, said: ‘It was a surprise. I knew she was coming to the village, but I wasn’t expecting a knock on the door.

‘It’s just a worry if I need an ambulance. I can’t imagine there will be a problem, but it’s just a worry. Our cellar is flooded, but other people have had sewage in the houses, so I can’t really moan.’

Sara Watson, 41, a mum of three, chatted with the Dame, who was not giving interviews but seemed impressed by the resilience of residents.

Mrs Watson said: ‘It’s absolutely fantastic for someone like her to come and visit us. We need more people to see the plight we have in our village. We have 100 volunteers helping but this has been going on for five weeks.We need more help. Villagers are tired and are up all night.’

Dame Mary’s visit came the day after Hambledon missed out on government funding for a flood alleviation scheme.

Caroline Dibden said: ‘It’s hugely important to have that moral support to people in the village. It raises publicity and it’s the only way we are going to get the funding to solve this in the long term.’

There are now almost 1,000 pumps working to stop properties flooding.

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