DESPITE prolonged heavy rain, Aldershot and Farnborough escaped the mass disruption seen in many parts of the country last week.

Residents, council officials and emergency services breathed a collective sigh of relief as many previous trouble spots remained relatively flood-free.

“We have been lucky compared to the rest of the county,” said Ken Millington, highways maintenance manager for Rushmoor Council.

“Kennels Lane and Fleet Road were among those to have some flooding, but compared to other years, there have been very few roads affected. It could have been a lot worse.”

A police spokesman at Farnborough traffic division said that most of the roads were passable with care.

Whetstone Road again lived up to its name, with water levels making it difficult for cars to pass on Thursday.

However, by the following morning most of the water had drained away.

However, residents have become increasingly angry at the lack of progress with sorting out the drainage system.

One woman said that she was fed up with the continual excuses from both Rushmoor and Hart Housing Associations, which owns several condemned homes on the Pyestock estate.

“Every time we get a few hours of heavy rain the roads get full of water and it goes over the pavements. It makes driving very difficult when you can’t see where the road finishes and the pavement begins.”

Mr Millington said the council was continuing to look at the problem, which he said was caused by tree roots and old piping.

“We have received some money from Hampshire County Council to identify old pipes and replace them.

“The difficulty in that area is that some of the gardens back on to the water course. An element of fly-tipping also increases flooding.”

Two years ago residents in Rectory Road in Farnborough signed a petition demanding action to combat serious flooding in their gardens.

Rushmoor replaced several of the problem pipes, and although it worked to a certain extent, the residents continue to fear a forecast of heavy rain.

Resident William Oldfield said: “Drainage on the road has been okay. But they have not solved the problem of water coming down from the playing fields behind the houses.

“It goes straight into our back gardens and flows down the sides on to the road.”

Other areas of the county were less fortunate.

Between 40 and 50 people were evacuated from their homes in Shipton Bellinger, near Andover, after flooding left water thigh high.

The Hampshire flood response group held an emergency meeting on Thursday to co-ordinate emergency service response to the flooding.

Representatives from local authorities, the Environment Agency, water companies and the emergency services were on hand to brief the team.

The county council urged householders to take action if they think their property is at risk of flooding in the future.

They should get sandbags from the local council, switch off electricity and gas supplies, move any valuables and keep water courses clear.