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More heavy rain as many return to school and work

More rain has fallen as children return to school and adults to work, causing further traffic problems

Manhole cover overflows following heavy rain

Many returned to work and school after the Christmas break to be greeted with traffic gridlock and treacherous driving conditions.

Wet and stormy weather since Christmas Eve has seen dozens of roads flooded across the county, properties damages, homes without power and transport disrupted.

Traffic was especially bad in Farnborough this morning (January 6) and public transport was particularly busy. But the road surfaces are said to be improving and flooding in North Camp has subsided.

The junction between Pegasus Avenue and Eastern Road in Aldershot remains flooded - an area blighted with the problem for several weeks.

Odiham was officially the wettest place in the UK on Friday and Saturday, January 3/4. Records show that 26mm of rain fell in 24 hours, making it the wettest out of 134 weather stations in the country. Farnborough was 12th with 18mm of rain.

Hartley Wintney Parish Council was forced to postpone its popular traditional Wassail Night celebrations on Friday due to the adverse weather. It will now be held on January 17 from 7pm outside the Waggon and Horses pub in the High Street.

Hartley Wintney Football Club's Cherry Red Records Combined Counties League Premier Division clash with Molesey was postponed on Saturday.

There were also reports of flooding in the village's Pale Lane and Village Way in Yateley where a manhole cover lifted at the weekend.

The access road to Winchfield railway station was also 'awash' while various roads on the Zebon Copse estate in Church Crookham and in Dogmersfield were also under water.

 

The Environment Agency has issued flood alerts after more rain fell last night and this morning on already saturated ground. Orange flood alerts are currently in place for the River Blackwater and Cove Brook meaning flooding is possible and residents should be prepared.

The river is currently stable but the Environment Agency warns that there may still be standing water in the low lying areas around them. The Met Office predicts further showers with 10mm to 20mm of rain expected today.

Hart District Council has issued an official weather warning and remind residents that sandbags are available to them if needed.

A spokesman said: "Residents who are aware that their homes are high risk of flooding are recommended to obtain sandbags from a builders' merchant to enable early preparation, as a times of flooding the council's contractor may not be able to reach all properties before flooding occurs.

"Builder's merchants that supply sandbags include Jewson and Travis Perkins in Fleet and Albion Place in Hartley Wintney."

Southern Electric has launched a consultation seeking feedback on what more can be done during power cuts. It comes after 90,000 homes around Aldershot lost power and many were still without on Christmas Day following a storm. The consultation closes on March 28.

 
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