Storm Dennis: More flood alerts issued in Hampshire as water levels rise

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Two more flood alerts are in place across the Portsmouth area this morning with more heavy rain and strong winds forecast.

The Environment Agency has warned residents living in the area around the Lower Meon and River Hamble to be aware of rising water levels.

It comes after Storm Dennis bought gales of more than 60mph to the south coast overnight, causing widespread travel disruption.

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Train services have been running at reduced speeds and delayed in some cases because of fallen trees, while Wightlink and Hovertravel crossings were suspended for part of yesterday.

Flood alerts in our area. Picture: Environment AgencyFlood alerts in our area. Picture: Environment Agency
Flood alerts in our area. Picture: Environment Agency
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Drivers have also been warned of standing water on major roads.

Flood alerts mean people should be prepared for flooding – the next level is a flood warning which means flooding is expected and immediate action should be taken.

There are currently no flood warnings in place in the Portsmouth area, though there is one in the area around Liss and Petersfield.

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Storm Dennis in Southsea yesterday. Picture: Vernon Nash (150220-009)Storm Dennis in Southsea yesterday. Picture: Vernon Nash (150220-009)
Storm Dennis in Southsea yesterday. Picture: Vernon Nash (150220-009)

The agency said 26mm of rain have been recorded in the last 18 hours in Bishops Waltham, and there may be flood impact in Durley – including at Durley School – and Botley.

Water levels are also rising in the Lower Meon with out of bank flooding affecting fields in Titchfield.

High water levels are expected at Titchfield Mill, Bridge Cottage and the Tanneries Industrial Estate, and there is a strong chance of more surface warning in Titchfield High Street.

More heavy rain is forecast over the next few hours with the river expected to peak tomorrow morning.

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Residents have been urged to take action to protect property from flooding if possible.

For more information on flood alerts in your area visit the Environment Agency website.

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