The Environment Agency have issued flood warnings for the estuaries of the River Itchen and the River Hamble. The flooding is expected to occur when a storm surge co-incides with high tide and a period of heavy rain on Friday morning.
Apart from the coastal areas around Netley and Hamble and the tidal section of the River Hamble which extends to Botley, there are currently no other flood warnings that affect the Borough of Eastleigh.
Flood warnings mean that flooding is expected and immediate action is required;
The latest updates can be obtained by monitoring the Environment Agency website, but the official flood warnings as we write this are as follows;
Itchen Estuary: Issued Thu, 02 Jan 2014 18:28:00 GMT
Time and date of high water 11:53 on 03/01/2014 Predicted astronomical tide level 2.16 mAOD Forecast surge height 0.56 m Forecast high water level 2.72 mAOD Forecast high water level in Chart Datum 5.46 mCD Forecast wind direction South Westerly Forecast wind strength Force 8 This warning is being issued for potential flooding to a small number properties in Priory Road, St Denys which directly back onto the Estuary. The main road at Woodmill may flood which may affect Woodmill Activity Centre. The White Swan Pub at Mansbridge may also be affected at high water as river levels become backed up by the tide.
Hamble Estuary: Issued Thu, 02 Jan 2014 18:19:00 GMT
Time and date of high water 11:53 on 03/01/2014 Predicted astronomical tide level 2.16 mAOD Forecast surge height 0.56 m Forecast high water level 2.72 mAOD Forecast high water level in Chart Datum 5.46 mCD Forecast wind direction South Westerly Forecast wind strength Force 8 Areas expected to flood include the boat yards at Bursledon and Rope Walk, Hamble. The car park of the Rising Sun pub at Warsash will also flood.
What actually happens remains to be seen, but the maps suggest that the flooding could impact further than that which is specifically mentioned in the text of the flood alert, possibly including the St Mary’s Stadium, and possibly extending to the gas holders at Northam.
Southern Gas Networks responded to a Tweet earlier this afternoon, saying;
We are not currently using our Southampton gas holders for storage. However, we do constantly monitor weather warnings to ensure security of supplies across our gas network.