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Community battles against 'phenomenal flooding'

Residents have been dealing with serious flooding as more heavy rain fell across parts of north-east Hampshire

Streams and rivers overflowed in Eversley

Residents in Eversley have pulled together to fight what has been described as "phenomenal flooding".

Reading Road, the main route that runs through the rural village was closed from Saturday morning (January 4) until Sunday morning and controlled by members of the public as running water made the area dangerous for traffic.

Councillor Shawn Dickens, chairman of open spaces at Eversley Parish Council, described the heavy rain as "chaotic" as residents manned the main road, put sandbags out and shovelled away debris.

“It was like a river was flowing down Chequers Lane towards Reading Road,” Cllr Dickens said. “I had not seen anything like this since the floods in 2007 and the floods 12 years ago.

“The cottages up by the post office were pumping out water and the front gardens in Chequers Lane were flooded.

“The Christmas period and New Year’s Day was bad, but last weekend was phenomenal. People were really shocked.”

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Eversley Cross, Eversley Common and the centre of the village was particular affected by flooding.

Roads including Marsh Lane and Hollybush Lane were also underwater.

The voluntary road closure was put in place as a partnership between residents, councillors and the Highways Agency.

The situation in the parish has improved with the heavy rain easing off, but homes continue to pump out water.

The parish council is encouraging anybody affected to call the flooding 24-hour helpline on 0845 9881188.

Hart District Council issued an official weather warning and reminded residents that sandbags are available to them if needed. Builders merchants that supply sandbags include Jewson and Travis Perkins in Fleet and Albion Place in Hartley Wintney.

 

 
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