Video: Flash floods hits Fareham

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STORMS have lashed the area and caused flooding this morning.

The storm caused flooding along Gosport Road, at the bottom of the Newgate Lane flyover, as storm drains struggled to cope with the deluge of water.

Cars struggled to drive through the flood water in Fareham this morning

Cars struggled to drive through the flood water in Fareham this morning

Vehicles were struggling through the water, which at its deepest was around 3ft.

At least one car had to be towed away after driving through the floodwater.

The storm also affected local businesses, as lightning struck the back of HSS Tool Hire in Gosport Road, at 10.30am, causing minor damage to the back of the building, setting off the alarms and tripping out the telephone network.

Three fire engines were were dispatched from Fareham Fire Station and checked the building over.

They also checked One Stop and Tan XPress as staff there had reported a smell of burning.

Tony Deacon, group manager community response at Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, was on the scene.

He said: ‘The lightning struck the building and tripped the burglar alarms and hit telephone wires. Nobody was hurt.

‘The crew from three appliances carried out a full survey and made sure the building was safe. We are sure that the only damage were flash burns to the rear of the building.’

Fire crews gave the buildings the all-clear by 11.15am.

Meanwhile, a standby fire crew was called to Hamble Heights, in Park Gate, to reports of the smell of electrics burning.

Buses affected

First Bus have released a statement about services in the Fareham area following this morning’s flooding.

The statement read: ‘Due to heavy flooding on the A32 Gosport Road at Fareham, the road has become blocked by cars unable to go through the water.

‘Until this situation is resolved, Services 9, 9A and 10 towards Fareham only are being diverted via the BRT road.

‘Services towards Gosport are continuing as normal. Services towards Gosport are on normal route.’

- Were you affected by the storm this morning? Call reporter Kimberley Barber on 01329 243003 or email