Flooding hits as bad weather lashes coast

Station Road, Farlington flooding
Station Road, Farlington flooding

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Flooding hit Bosham, in West Sussex, today as heavy rain lashes the coast.

Water started rising through the floorboards of the Anchor Bleu pub at around 11.30am, which sits on the harbour.

But bar manager Alice Ladbrooke had heeded the advice from the Environment Agency and made sure everything was out of the way.

It rose to about four inches as it reached high tide but the water drained away leaving Alice with a big clear up job.

She said: ‘It wasn’t as bad as previously, it was about two inches lower.

‘It comes up through the floor so sea defences don’t really make any difference.

‘Now it’s just a matter of waiting until it drains, drying it all and disinfecting it. We will be open again by this evening.’

Water gushed into the homes and garages of some properties in Farlington after flooding.

Heavy rainfall and burst drain covers has led to water overflowing in Station Road, Portsmouth.

The road has been closed off while engineers from Colas deal with the problem.

Roger Easey, 64, of Station Road, said: ‘I realised at about 10.30am that the water was rising quickly.

‘I knocked on a few neighbours doors to check they were alright.

‘I think what’s most upsetting is, this has happened a few times this year.’

And resident Derrick Belk, 78, of Station Road, said: ‘I have been here 32 years, and it’s never been as bad as this.

‘I’d say it has been getting worse over the past four to five years.

‘I’ve already got five inches of water that has come through the garage.’

At Portsmouth harbour, all flood gates were closed for high tide at 11.34am and a priority road system was put in place on Broad Street.

A spokesman for Portsmouth City Council said there is some surface water collection behind the floodgate opposite the Spice Island Inn.

He added: ‘This is a result of the sheer volume of rain not running-off as the flood gates are closed. This does not cause a problem as this is a designed wet area.’

Meanwhile, sandbags have been dished out to people in Gosport in case there is any flooding brought on by today’s rain.

Officers at Gosport Borough Council decided to check on a number of vulnerable areas in the town this morning after the area was battered by strong winds, high tides and heavy rain.

At their first port of call, Mariners Way and Old Road, they found exceptionally high water at the nearby creek and sandbags were given out to homes there.

Notes have been put through the door of anybody not at home with a contact number to call to get sandbags.

Officers have also checked Hornet Close, Dolphin Crescent and Park Road, all of which were clear.

Gosport Borough Council holds a small number of sandbags for emergencies and to protect council properties.

Andrew Gilham, Environment Agency flood and coastal risk manager, said: ‘Overnight the storms have not had any major impacts, but the worst of the weather is still to come and with high tides due later this morning, we are working hard to prepare and to make sure our professional partners are prepared. We have officers out checking flood defences, closing flood gates and clearing any river blockages.

‘We are receiving regular updates from the Met Office, and will continuously monitor both tidal conditions and river levels to ensure we are prepared.’

Those in flood risk areas should sign up to the Environment Agency’s free flood warning system by calling 0845 988 1188 or visiting environment-agency.gov.uk/flood.