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Homes in Eastleigh are in danger of flooding this morning following persistent overnight rain which is expected to continue throughout the day the Environment Agency has warned.

The agency has put a red alert in place which reaches along the River Itchen from Bishopstoke to Shawford urging nearby householders and businesses to take “immediate action”.

Residents in Eastleigh’s central Newtown area were woken by phone calls from the Environment Agency at 6.30 this morning warning that they too were in the path of expected flooding.

A statement has been issued on the EA website as follows:

“The river levels in the River Itchen have risen over the last few weeks. High groundwater is feeding into the rivers and streams, keeping levels up and out of bank in places along the catchment. Over 15mm of rainfall has fallen in the past 12 hours, river levels have continued to rise in response to the rainfall that has fallen over these last few hours. The Met Office forecast approximately 15mm for the remainder of Wednesday and this will cause the river levels to rise further. Significant amounts of rain are forecast for the remainder of this week.”

The Flood Warning is due to be updated at 3pm today.

Check this webpage for further details


  29 comments for “EASTLEIGH ON FLOOD ALERT

  1. February 6, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Does the building of more homes in the borough increase surface run off?Does this mean building more homes is likely to cause more flooding ? So why exactly are we building more?

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      February 7, 2014 at 11:53 pm

      I believe this is a major concern at the Boorley Green site.

      • Graham Hunter
        February 8, 2014 at 7:11 am

        You bet it is.
        The golf course is currently flooded, the site for 1400 proposed homes, ground water comes up in the car park of the hotel, Maddoxford Lane / Wang field Lane is flooded due to run off from the saturated golf course.
        This road floods very frequently. Sewerage floods gardens in Boorley Green near the mentioned road.
        It is madness to build here.

        • Graham Hunter
          February 8, 2014 at 1:37 pm

          The point where the flooding of the road takes place where the road crosses the River Hamble.
          The river cannot cope now with the run off, when 1400 homes are built it will be terrible.
          This is a fluvial 3 flood plain, that floods very frequently.

  2. February 7, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    The main cause-“Years of neglect and Poor maintenance.”
    Sam Snook

  3. Sam Snook.
    February 8, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Hi Boorley Green,
    Suggest, You “Contact Southern Water”

    (“Check Planning Application”) “Southern Waters” comments.

    Need help-give me a call.
    Sam Snook.

    Sam Snook

    • Graham Hunter
      February 8, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      Thanks Sam. The EA no objections also do not help!
      The river is clogged up at this point. Dredging???

    • Graham Hunter
      February 8, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      Southern Water have been out numerous times ..well their contractor actually.
      The have cleaned the drains and sewers as much as they can, so say the contractors and there is nothing more they can do so say the contractor, as the infrastructure is overloaded, has been for years.

      • February 9, 2014 at 1:19 pm

        Hi Graham,
        Spot on!
        (Insurance cover for new homes???)

        My Regards

  4. John Renard
    February 9, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    I have been looking in vain for any comment from Keith House to the concerns expressed above re. flooding at Boorley Green . . .

    I might add that Botley’s Woodhouse Lane also sees gallons of water flooding off the fields in heavy rain, indicating that the fields are so saturated they can take no more. Where will that water go when the fields are covered in concrete / tarmac under Eastleigh’s Local Plan?

    It’s salutary to see angry Somerset farmers saying “we warned of this flood risk and were ignored.” Will the Botley locals be on telly saying the same in a few years’ time?

    • Graham Hunter
      February 11, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      The NPPF clearly states that development should not take place on flood plains or where is could cause flooding or aggrivaste existing flooding.

      • Graham Hunter
        February 11, 2014 at 1:55 pm

        The NPPF Section 99 onwards has the words.x

    • February 11, 2014 at 10:35 pm

      Our council leader has been Rough Shod by greedy developers.
      and HE don’t like.
      Sam Snook.

  5. Graham Hunter
    February 9, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Not a few years time!

    • February 10, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      I would like to point out that it’s not just Botley that floods and has an outrageous quantity of homes planned. Mortimers Lane, Bishopstoke Road and Botley Road have all flooded recently and yet developments are planned which will only make things worse at these locations. I know the numbers is Bishopstoke and Fair Oak don’t match what’s proposed in Botley but with these developments in place it makes a compelling argument for the additional development in Horton Heath. What makes this whole thing stink is that Cllr Roger Smith who is both a borough and parish councillor (Fair Oak and Horton Heath) has listed Bloor Homes in “Interests in securities”. I’m sure you will agree this is the pinnacle of Lib Dem political representation.


  6. Pete Stewart
    February 10, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    As Sam says, the main reason is years of neglect of our drainage system.

    EU privatization directives broke up of our councils skilled labour base and led to profit-led maintenance, rather than results-led maintenance which we used to have with in-house work.

    Rivers are no longer dredged properly. Roadside ditches likewise. Roadside gullies and drainage pipes are not properly cleared. They cannot take as much water, so they flood with the slightest provocation.

    Just look at our roads! They are perpetually waterlogged. Sam notes that this destabilizes the road foundations, leading to rapid break up of the tarmac and pot holes galore. The cost of potholes is staggering, not just the so-called “repairs”, but the damage they do to vehicles.

    Our roads are 50% under-funded, i.e. £1 billion annually short.

    My question is: Why are we diverting £19 billion each year into EU Contributions?

    P.S. Just in case you try to convince me that the true figure is only £10 billion (net Contributions) I should point out that we lose control of that £19 billion. The EU decides where our rebate is spent. And I assure you it is not spent on improving our drainage system.

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      February 10, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      Flipping EU. First immigrants, now water. What next?

    • Graham Hunter
      February 11, 2014 at 11:34 am

      What a load of tosh!

  7. John Renard
    February 10, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    As for the maintenance of roadside ditches, gullies etc – there was a time when Hants County Council employed a small army of (often retired) men. For a very small retainer, each man took responsibility for a length of road near his home. This is why they were known as ‘length men’.

    Each took pride in maintaining the ditches, verges, road signs etc on his length of highway.

    But that was in less enlightened times. ‘Progress’ got rid of the length men, and now we suffer clogged ditches, drains choked with leaves, littered verges, and road signs unreadable through dirt or overhanging foliage.

  8. February 11, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    What are you talking about? “Have a rest”
    Let your County Councillors have their say!!

  9. Rigel
    February 12, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    they did the ditches along Allington lane last year!

  10. Graham Hunter
    February 12, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    I really hope that all residents In the county and borough are kept safe.
    The current situation is very distressing and scary.
    It is time some very serious rethinking takes place on very many aspects of our lives and that of planning.
    It is easy to finger point at this time, but what is needed is realistic and very very serious changes in our way of life and how we plan for the future.
    My sincere sympathies and thoughts go to all residents who are and have been affected by this current terrible situation.

  11. Sam Snook
    February 13, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    Neglect started in the 70s-stop talking about the EU. “PLEASE”.

  12. Pete Stewart
    February 14, 2014 at 8:11 am

    The EU is very relevant to flooding!

    WHY are we spending £19 billion a year on EU Contributions when we should be investing that in drainage?

    WHY are the gullies, ditches and rivers clogged up and our roads inadequately maintained to permit proper drainage?

    HOW MUCH flooding is due to road surfaces being too high, when the cheaper long term solution might have been to scarify the road surface first?

    WHY are we still mass house building when it is known that this causes masses of water to enter rivers suddenly?

    WHY are we building on flood plains? Is it to satisfy demand for mass house building caused by open EU borders?

    WHY did we implement EU Procurement Directives and privatize our public utilities, leading to “profit led” rather than “results led” maintenance when it was obvious this would lead to reduced maintenance-investment in human labour and heavy plant and machinery and lead to “on-demand” maintenance, smaller gangs and lightweight machinery which could not cope with demand?

    Oh yes, the EU is very relevant to flooding.

  13. Sam Snook
    February 15, 2014 at 12:35 am

    Hi Peter
    (Correction! —-water wont go- uphill)

    Unless changes have been made-you are not allowed to build on flood plain’s. John said: We took pride in our work-John is right today its bodge up and go.

    Pop down to Stoneham Lane have look-the ditches full of water and debris
    –we cleaned out every Friday. “We looked after our town”

  14. Pete Stewart
    February 15, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Hi Sam,

    I love that truism about water not going uphill but what relevance does it have to what I said?

  15. Sam
    February 15, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Hi Peter
    Its exactly the same as Twyford Rd, Pete.

    The water can’t go UP! to the gully-its lays on the road.
    its called ponding.

    The importance of drainage cannot be overemphasized
    in road construction and maintenance. Water affects the
    affects the entire service serviceability of a road. Whether
    it is mud in the spring or frost heaves in the winter, the
    presence of water on the roads is nothing but trouble.

    Here endive the first lesson!!!!

  16. Sam Snook
    February 25, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    “Woodside Ave” was resurfaced at the end of last year!
    “But more money goes down the drain-“It’s Ponding”
    Sam Snook

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