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More rain misery as flood alerts continue

Flood alert remains in place in north east Hampshire as impact of downpours are felt on Friday, while trains are cancelled between Aldershot and Ascot

The River Blackwater has broken its banks in Ford Lane, Bramshill. Photo by Geoff Hill

Residents are being warned of rising river levels as a flood alert remains place for the River Blackwater.

People across north east Hampshire awoke on Friday February 7 to the aftermath of more torrential rain. The Environmental Agency (EA) flood alert for the Aldershot, Farnborough, Camberley, Sandhurst, Eversley, Bramshill, Swallowfield and Cove areas, issued on Saturday February 1, remain in place.

The EA said that river levels were rising again after 12mm of rain fell in a 12-hour period yesterday, with a further 20mm expected overnight on Thursday and into Friday.

By a meeting point of the rivers Blackwater, Whitewater and Long River in Ford Lane, Bramshill, water has already burst its banks.

Councillor Shawn Dickens, of Eversley Parish Council, said: "Flooding is back in the village today.

"It is really flooded by The Fielders again and also just beyond the village hall heading towards Safari Engineering.

"There is flooding in Lower Common and Webbs Corner."

Sewage water was also reported to be coming up out of the manholes in Lower Common.

The EA said last week that groundwater levels in Crondall are high and continuing to rise, causing some flooding and making the area sensitive to further rainfall. It said this situation could continue for 'several weeks or longer' with impacts expected to be similar to the flooding during the winter of 2000/01.

After flooding on the rail line at Bagshot, trains were disrupted between Aldershot and Ascot but South West Trains had cleared the problem by 11am.

The operator warned that delays and revised timetables being issued at short notice and customers, including those travelling from Farnborough Main, will be able to use their train tickets on Stagecoach buses.

Hampshire County Council advised that all roads in Hart and Rushmoor are currently clear of major flooding, while many other areas of the county are impassable.

A Met Office amber weather warning of rain remains for north east Hampshire for Friday and Saturday, with a yellow warning for wind for Saturday only.

 

 
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