Tidal surge and heavy rain causes flooding

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SEVERAL roads across the area have been affected by flooding after tidal surges following heavy rain overnight.

Langstone High Street and Northney Road on Hayling Island were both impassable and South Street in Emsworth was also flooded.

Floods at Emsworth. Picture: Twitter user @FireSnapper999

Floods at Emsworth. Picture: Twitter user @FireSnapper999

The owners of The Lord Raglan pub were this morning sweeping out water which poured into the pub overnight.

Firefighters were called to the pub in Queens Street, Emsworth last night.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said there was a smell of burning instigated by minor flooding.

Firefighters from Emsworth fire station made the scene safe.

The Royal Oak, in Langstone High Street, also had problems and householders in the street today had flood boards across their front doors..

Water flowed through the front of the building at around 12.30am and went right through to the back.

But manager Wendy Nicholson said it was business as usual this morning because her cleaner had managed to get rid of it all.

‘The problem was sorted,’ she said.

‘The water came in to the pub and around the back, but it’s all sorted now and we’re ready for action.

‘We are used to it here, we get problems like this about a couple of times a year.’

The Environment Agency said there are no reports of any property flooding in either Emsworth or Hayling Island, but there has been some flooding on roads, caused by tidal surges and heavy rain.

A spokesman said that 10 properties in Langstone High Street were flooded, although it was not immediately clear how badly affected they were.

Flood barriers have been set up in Bath Road, Emsworth, and Emsworth Millpond has been drained to counteract flooding.

Parts of the A259, which goes through parts of Hampshire, West Sussex, East Sussex and part of Kent, were closed overnight.

Officers from the Environment Agency have been out on the ground checking structures and making sure there has been no damage.

Highways Agency staff have also been out clearing roads.

Staff at The Still & West, in Old Portsmouth, say their outdoor seating area was flooded, while the landlady of the nearby Wellington pub said they were lucky enough to escape problems.

Kate Preston said: ‘Fortunately, since I have been here, the pub has never flooded.

‘I heard the rain come down but none of it came in.

‘It woke me up. It was so windy, it sounded like wind running through a machine.’

Fire officers said there were no other call outs in Hampshire throughout the night.

A Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: ‘There was limited local flooding overnight in Hampshire. One male was rescue from a taxi in floodwater at Bursledon at around midnight while at Emsworth there were calls to a public house on the Quayside following reports of a burning smell, and to investigate water flooding with other agencies at Wallington.’

A spokesman for Hampshire Police said: ‘We urge all motorists travelling in the county to be mindful of the adverse weather and to take care.’

The Environment Agency has now removed a flood warning for Emsworth, Langstone, Fareham and Portchester.

For up-to-date information call Floodline on 0845 988 1188, select option one and enter the code 0122138 to get more information, or visit the Environment Agency’s website.

Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes as the worst tidal surges in years hit the east coast of the UK.

Hampshire firefighters aid Suffolk colleagues