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List of roads affected by flooding grows as heavy rain arrives again

The number of roads either impassable or passable with care in Hart and Rushmoor has increased from six to 11 over the course of a week

Flooding in Eversley

Flooding has made an underpass in Farnborough impassable, as heavy rain and storms batter north east Hampshire once again.

More downpours this week have forced Hampshire County Council to declare the underpass to Summit Avenue, in Fleet Road, closed due to flooding.

This adds to the Ford Lane, between in Upton Grey and South Wanborough, which has been closed all week due to it being impassable.

In addition to the underpass and Ford Lane, there are a further nine stretches of road in Hart and Rushmoor said to be affected by flooding and 'passable with care'.

In Hart these are Chandlers Lane, near the junction of Shires Way in Yateley, Long Lane, in Odiham, the B3349 Alton Road, between the Hayley Lane/Ford Lane crossroads and South Warnborough, and the B3349, in South Warnborough.

Motorists are advised to take care in Rushmoor on the B3014 Fleet Road, in Cove, Minley Road and Middleton Gardens, both in Farnborough, and Church Lane East in Aldershot.

Standing water is also causing difficulties in another part of the B3014 Fleet Road, between the junction of Trunk Road and the A3013 Cover Road, in Farnborough.

Strong winds on Wednesday February 12 blew over trees in Gun Hill, close to Burger King in Aldershot High Street. The trees were lying across the footpath the next day, with councillors calling for their urgent removal.

Trees blown over and blocking the footpath in Gun Hill, Aldershot, on Thursday February 13

As heavy rain began to fall again on Friday morning, yellow weather warnings for rain were put in place for the south east by the Met Office going into Saturday, with amber wind warnings further south in Hampshire.

Flood alerts from the Environment Agency (EA) remain in place for the River Hart and River Whitewater, affecting North Warnborough, Hook, Crondall, Crookham Village, Hartley Wintney and Fleet. River levels in the Lodge Farm area had fallen, but heavy and persistent rainfall forecast during Friday and Saturday meant they were expected to rise again.

There are some soggy areas running alongside the River Blackwater that passes through Aldershot, Farnborough, Camberley and Eversley, but the flooding has been manageable, according to the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership.

Steve Bailey, manager of the partnership, said: "We recently increased the capacity of our flood plain which has reduced the impact of flooding in the area."Obviously some areas are not as pleasant to use as they are muddy and damp, but they are still accessible."

All South West Trains services were running normally on Friday morning.

Since Christmas Eve, Hampshire County Council’s Highways staff have responded to more than 7,000 incidents on the roads, including clearing around 1,000 fallen trees.

More than 50,000 sandbags have been filled and deployed across Hampshire.

Councillor Seán Woodward, executive member for economy, transport and environment, said: “With strong winds and more heavy rain due, we’ve directed all the resources we can to help tackle the flooding.

"With already saturated ground, there’s nowhere for any additional water to go, so I think we can expect more roads to be flooded, and more trees to come down over the next 24 hours.

"We’ve taken staff from all sorts of areas of non-emergency work within the council, to support our Highways staff who are already working shifts around the clock to help keep Hampshire moving.

"It really is a case of ‘all hands to the pump’."

The Basingstoke Canal Authority said it was 'strongly advising' people not to use the towpath and navigation on Friday or Saturday and it has closed its canalside car parks at Reading Road South in Fleet and Crookham Wharf in Crookham Village. They will remain closed until the winds have died down and are confirmed safe by a member of staff.

They are unlikely to reopen before Monday February 17 at the earliest.

"Should you use the towpath or navigation after Monday, please remain vigilant as we still have many fallen trees and branches to clear from recent storms," warned the authority.

Anyone who finds any further fallen trees or branches or notice any faults should report them to the authority by calling 01252 370073.

 
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