Road closures as bad weather continues

POWERFUL The sea has damaged part of the prom in Southsea. Picture: Nick Moore
POWERFUL The sea has damaged part of the prom in Southsea. Picture: Nick Moore
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A FLOOD alert has been issued yesterday for Portsmouth has been rescinded.

The Environment Agency had said the area could see coastal flooding over the next two days.

High water was due at around 1.45am on Sunday and water is expected to be high up slipways, with some water possibly coming on to coastal roads.

The agency says a flood alert means flooding is possible and people should be prepared.

It comes as part of the prom at Southsea seafront was fenced off yesterday over fears it may collapse.

Colas operations manager Ray Muscat said the ferocity of the sea has taken out kerb edges and undermined the footway.

The seafront gates have been closed for a few days.

Mr Muscat said: ‘Most of the beach was on the prom and on the road.

‘We shifted the shingle back on to the beach where it belongs.

‘A few kerbs have come out where the sea has come up and ripped them out the ground.’

Meanwhile in North End, Kirby Road is closed at its junction with Chelmsford Road.

A gable end fell out on to the road and pavement.

The road was closed on Friday night.

On Saturday morning a footway in Torrington Road, in North End, was closed.

A gable end had collapsed over the Christmas period.

‘Building control had another look and this was under the instruction of the fire brigade for us to shut the footway off as there looks like there is more movement in the building,’ Mr Muscat added.

There is also surface flooding on Southsea Terrace.

It comes after wild winds, tidal surges and torrential downpours brought havoc across the Portsmouth area.