At the moment we are seeing unprecedented rainfall and this is making a significant impact on the road condition generally with potholes popping up faster than weeds, but also real flooding which is affecting homes and properties, especially in Finchdean, Rowlands Castle and Hambledon, all three communities very close to us here. Thankfully the problems Hampshire is experiencing are significantly less than Sommerset.
Finchdean and Rowlands Castle.
These two areas in East Hants are heavily affected by rising ground water from the South Downs, and the villages are not only affected by heavy rain, but the following days the flooding increases as the rain fall from a few miles away makes it into the villages through the Lavant, an underground river. EHDC are helping with temporary toilets, sandbags and support for the community and the Executive Management Team have a 24 hour rota for emergency call outs to support where we can. This includes regular and direct communication with the EA, HCC and groups such as the flood wardens who are making significant efforts to minimise the damage. HCC are also putting in resources to assist.
Click here for the EA Flood Map Website where you can see an up to date version of the above image.
These are causing immense irritation in the community, and several roads are growing large holes at an alarming rate. really we would like these to be repaired immediately, but there are some problems with this:
1 – The roads are looked after by Hampshire County Council who are stretched with far more significant problems with homes flooding across the county. The potholes are an inconvenience, and also a safety risk, but we do need to remember the households that currently need HCC’s resources far more than us at this time.
2 – While the water table is so high and with persistent rainfall, the repairs do not last long. most potholes are formed by water pressure from below lifting the tarmac, and for proper repairs that will last the ground does need to dry out. In the meantime, HCC are repairing the deepest holes, or those that present the greatest safety risks, but these will most likely need to be done again.
Hopefully in a few months the rainfall will recede and the pothole repair teams will be able to make their way through our community.
You can report potholes by clicking here
There are road closures across the county and these change day by day to minimise disruption. HCC mainatin a list of roads that are affected by flooding and you can view them by clicking here and for those of you who have not discovered ROMANSE this provides real time reporting on flooding, accidents and highways issues county wide and is an excellent all year round resource. Click here to find guaranteed ROMANSE
Environment Agency Floodline: 0845 988 1188
Hampshire County Council Emergency Hotline: 0800 807 060