Fresh floods woe as rain continues to lash the south

Flood defences at Wallington.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (124150-5)
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FLOODING problems continued to plague the area over the weekend as heavy rain battered the south.

Authorities have urged people to be vigilant this week as further rainfall is expected during the festive week.

Roads were closed across the area at the weekend and flood defences shored up to prevent any further damage from rising waters.

Yesterday, parts of the A27 at Chichester were closed due to severe flooding.

On Saturday, Hampshire County Council closed West Lane in Hayling Island and Bridge Street in Titchfield because of surface water.

And the Environment Agency spent the day shoring up defences at Wallington near Fareham in case of more trouble after the river wall was almost breached on Thursday.

Alan Humphrey, of the Wallington Village Community Association, said: ‘They did an absolutely superb job.

‘They have put in a whole line of these big bags to make sure the wall doesn’t break and hopefully it will be secure enough. The response from the Environment Agency, the police and the firefighters has been brilliant.

‘It has really put people’s minds at rest, especially for the older people here who live alone.’

The county council sent out emergency response teams over the weekend to remain on standby in case the flooding worsened.

They will also be ready over the Christmas period to deal with any floods, surface water and blocked drains.

The emergency teams are working with the Environment Agency, Hampshire Constabulary and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Councillor Mel Kendal, the county councillor in charge of transport, said: ‘We are liaising closely with other agencies to ensure we respond effectively to any situation caused by such heavy volumes of rain.

‘We will be doing all we can to keep Hampshire moving.

‘I would ask everyone to take particular care if they have to make a journey in what are likely to be difficult, extremely wet conditions.

‘Please spare a thought for cyclists 
and any pedestrians walking along the roadside, so they are not showered by puddle water thrown up by moving vehicles.

‘Please heed any warning signs placed on the highway.’

Flooding information and advice on what to do in the event of a flood can be found by visiting