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New flood defences to protect homes in Portsmouth

New flood defences will protect more than two thousand homes in Portsmouth according to the Floods Minister.

Therese Coffey visited the city to see the work on the forty four million pound scheme for herself. They'll provide over five miles of new flood defences to North Portsea.

The scheme will also create new areas for wildlife and plants in Langstone Harbour.

Parts of Hambledon were completely flooded in 2014 Credit: ITV Meridian

"Portsmouth's new defences will better protect over 2,000 homes and businesses in the city - giving people living and working here peace of mind.

"This scheme is part of our commitment to invest over £142 million in Hampshire's flood defences and, as well as reducing the flooding risk, it will create new habitats to support local wildlife that will be enjoyed by both residents and visitors."

– Floods Minister Thérèse Coffey

Engineers build 7km wall in battle against climate change

It was almost three years ago to the day that many residents in an area of Shoreham-by-Sea found themselves mopping up flood water. Now work's underway on a multi-million pound flood defence scheme for the town.

The ambitious plan includes building a seven kilometre barrier along the River Adur.

The project began just a few weeks ago - and today the Secretary of State for the Environment went to see how it's progressing.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Andrea Leadsom MP, flood victim Lucy Gabriel and Dave Robinson of the Environment Agency.

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Power cuts and rain for Dorset & the New Forest

Heavy thunderstorms brought our extended summer to a dramatic end overnight - in a twist to what has been the hottest September in 100 years.

Dorset and the New Forest were among the hardest hit last night - homes struck by lightning, schools closed and roads flooded, and thousands of homes left without power. The storm arrived in Dorset at 1am and slowly made its way east. At it's peak, more than an inch of rain fell in Swanage in just one hour, overwhelming drains and flooding homes.

In Christchurch, a house caught fire when it was struck by lightning, causing the roof to collapse. Rachel Hepworth reports on today's clean-up after the storm.

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The day after the night before - flooding in Didcot

Many homes were left without power, and road and and railways in the Thames Valley were flooded overnight - with delays across the South West and Great Western rail networks. The towns mostly affected were Didcot, Newbury and Maidenhead.

All services in and out of Paddington were halted this afternoon due to signalling problems. Mel Bloor reports on the floods in Didcot.

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