Road closed as flash flood strikes in stormy weather

WATER WOE  There was severe flooding in Station Road Drayton. Picture: Malcolm Wells (124061-1031)
WATER WOE There was severe flooding in Station Road Drayton. Picture: Malcolm Wells (124061-1031)

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a street in Drayton was closed yesterday when flash flooding saw water started seeping into homes and garages.

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

The road was closed off while engineers fixed 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 all right.

‘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.’

Colas and Southern Water were on hand to deal with the situation.

A spokeswoman for Southern Water said: ‘We helped to deal with flooding in Station Road, Drayton, which appeared to have been caused by a combination of very heavy rain and high tide.

‘Engineers were on site and clean-up crews and customer teams will be making contact with those who are affected.

‘Tankers were also deployed to help clear the water.

‘This is a low-lying area and problems can occur when it rains during high tide because the surface water sewer, which carries rainwater, isn’t able to drain into the sea, which is does in normal conditions.

‘We’ll be carrying out an investigation to see if anything exacerbated the problem, or if it was caused by the system becoming overloaded. We understand how traumatic these incidents are and we sympathise with all those affected.’

Elsewhere in the city, all flood gates were closed for high tide at 11.34am and a priority road system was put in place in Broad Street, Old Portsmouth.

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