Flooding fears eased after '˜big pipe' project is finished

WORK has now finished on installing a pipe to try to prevent a village from flooding again.

Friday, 1st December 2017, 1:00 pm
Updated Monday, 11th December 2017, 8:30 pm
Hambledon in February 2014 Picture: Malcolm Wells

During the winter of 2013/14, Hambledon was submerged for several weeks as groundwater flooding after exceptionally heavy rainfall left the roads impassable and homes flooded.

Now a pipe about a mile long has been installed under the village which is aimed at keeping floodwater off the roads.

The county council’s executive member for environment and transport Councillor Rob Humby said: ‘Now the work is complete, Hambledon’s residents and businesses will see significant long-term benefits. The images we remember of the roads completely flooded, for several months, by groundwater following the exceptional rainfall are a thing of the past. I’m pleased we have been able to work through complicated construction - engineering a major scheme in a small space in the middle of a community, while trying not to interrupt daily life.’

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The scheme has involved improving the network of drainage in Hambledon by widening and deepening the ditches and providing larger pipes beneath property accesses; new floodwater culverts under Lower West Street (B2150), West Street and East Street; reconstruction of sections of the road; resurfacing of the all the main roads; new kerbing where practical, and treatment of footways to seal and protect it from water ingress.

The scheme was constructed by Mildren Construction, one of the county council’s framework contractors.