The Environment Agency has contacted householders in Bishopstoke and Eastleigh this evening warning them:
“Flooding is expected. Take immediate action”
Continued heavy rain has exacerbated already precariously high river levels at Bishopstoke.
Yesterday Allbrook Hill was closed due to flooding at the Railway Arch and the playing fields at Bishopstoke and land at Brambridge and Highbridge have experienced flooding for some days.
Today’s Conference South match at Eastleigh FC’s ground on Stoneham Lane had to be called off due to the waterlogged pitch.
More rain is forecast for the weekend.
Residents that are likely to be affected have been contacted directly by the Environment Agency this evening and advised to move belongings upstairs and to take action to protect property.
This follows a similar warning on Wednesday morning – although no flooding occurred.
The Environment Agency published this information on their website on Thursday stating that a flood warning would be issued if the situation “deteriorates significantly’.
Water levels in the River Itchen are high and rising. They are being maintained by the sluice at Woodmill however they are impacted at each high tide as water levels become held up. Tide levels are now falling so the tide shouldn’t impact the river as much. However, further significant amounts of rain are forecast over the next few days so the overall situation is not going to improve. Levels will remain high over the next few weeks. Properties should remain prepared for flooding especially over high tide periods. A Flood Warning will be issued if the situation deteriorates significantly.
Keep up to date with the situation in Eastleigh here
Matthew Myatt has mailed in these pics of the Itchen at St Cross today and two weeks ago: