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Plans unveiled to protect Gosport from flooding

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People living in Gosport have the chance to have their say on plans to safeguard hundreds of homes from coastal flooding.

The plans outline new or improved flood defences in Forton, Alverstoke and Seafield, designed to protect homes, businesses and vital structures until 2060.

The town was affected by flooding in 2006 and 2016 during heavy rain.

£2.4 million in funding is needed to construct the schemes, work could start in 2019.

Residents can see proposed schemes at a series of drop-in exhibitions:

  • Alverstoke - 17 July, 1pm-6.30pm, at the Scout Activities Centre, Clayhall Road
  • Seafield - 20 July, 1pm-6.30pm, at the Discovery Centre, Gosport High Street
  • Forton - 25 July, 1pm-6.30pm, at St Vincent College, Mill Lane

Protecting ourselves from the risk of flooding is one of the most important tasks we have to think about. These schemes are hugely important if you live or work in these areas, or use the coastline in your leisure time. It's vital that residents see these initial proposals and tell us what they think."

– Cllr Graham Burgess

Major flooding incident at Hastings skatepark

Fire crews are currently at the scene of what's being described as a major flooding incident in Hastings.

Fire crews were called to the Source skatepark on the A259 near the seafront at around 1:30pm this afternoon.

The Fire Service has now been given approval by the Environment Agency to start pumping the water away from the park, across the beach and into the sea.

The operation is expected to last well into the night.

"We can confirm it is not a burst water main, we’ve had a specialist team checking everything in the area and can find no faults with any of our assets. After much investigation the fault appears to be due to an internal sump pump which had failed, causing the basement to flood with groundwater – although this has yet to be confirmed as this is not a Southern Water asset."

– Southern Water

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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.

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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