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Power cut homes reconnected as New Year's Day rain forecast

Fire crews described the start of last week into Christmas Day and Boxing Day as "especially busy"

Eastern Road in Aldershot was hit by flooding again during the stormy weather

Engineers are continuing their efforts to restore power to homes in the Hook and Winchfield areas following the Christmas storms.

Strong winds and heavy rain led to damage and flooding across north-east Hampshire, with some residents without electricity since before Christmas Day.

Once again there was flooding in Eastern Road, Aldershot, affecting businesses on the industrial estate.

A tree that fell onto the scout hut belonging to the 2nd Aldershot Scouts is yet to be removed, and the damage there will be assessed once it is taken away.

Bunty Benham, 55, of Pinewood Park, Farnborough, saw her garden flooded by the heavy rain. Two fence panels also blew down in the strong winds.

 

Paul Robson, station commander at Rushmoor fire station, said: "We have been particularly busy recently, it has been a busy time right around the county.

"Monday [December 23] was especially busy, and Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

"The strong winds and heavy rain has caused a lot of floods and caused us to have a lot more calls."

A spokesman for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said things had quietened down by the start of the week, but the Met Office has a yellow warning of rain for New Year's Day with "the risk of further localised flooding".

Hundreds of homes in Aldershot remained without electricity on Friday afternoon (December 27), and mobile catering units were driven around the area providing hot food, drinks and charging facilities.

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