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Multi-million pound flood defence work to get underway

Floods in Berkshire Credit: ITV News Meridian

A Berkshire town is set to benefit from a £4m grant to protect it from flooding.

Thatcham was amongst the worst hit places during the 2007 floods. West Berkshire Council say this latest round of Government funding will allow completion of vital flood defence work over the coming years.

This is great news. I'm delighted that we have been given the funding to provide comprehensive flood protection for Thatcham. We have already completed the Cold Ash Scheme and are on track with Tull Way. This cash will now enable us to complete the major elements of the flood protection programme for Thatcham."

– Garth Simpson, Executive Member for Highways & Transport, West Berkshire Council

Burst water main floods homes in Hedge End

Their homes were submerged in up to four feet of water, and for several hours, a housing estate in Hampshire turned into a lake.

A burst water main was to blame in Hedge End.

17 homes around Old Shamblehurst Lane were flooded on Saturday morning. But the leak affected the supply of more than 20 thousand properties.

Today, homeowners are assessing the damage and counting the cost - as Andrew Pate reports.

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Homes left flooded after burst water main

17 homes in and around Old Shamblehurst Lane were flooded on Saturday Credit: ITV Meridian

Homeowners in Hedge End, Hampshire are assessing the damage caused by a burst water main, which turned a housing estate into a lake.

Seventeen homes in and around Old Shamblehurst Lane were flooded on Saturday, with more than 20,000 houses in the area left without a water supply.

Today the homeowners have been attempting to clear up.

Keeping Oxford's roads open during flooding

Plans to keep roads in Oxford open during heavy rainfall and flooding are set to be unveiled.

Oxfordshire County Council is aiming to use high volume pumps to clear water during severe weather, and keep the roads open for as long as possible.

Areas most prone to flooding will be specifically targeted.

Parts of Oxford were badly hit by flooding in January 2014 Credit: ITV Meridian

"This is an interim plan to keep the road infrastructure open as long as physically possible during severe weather. We have developed the plan having learned from flooding in previous years. We will begin by using a high volume pump to keep the Abingdon Road open by pumping the water onto nearby land and into the Thames.

"In Botley Road we have actually inserted two six inch pipes under the road so we can pump the water onto the flood plain and into the river. In Binsey and South Hinksey we will be using pumps to get the water off the roads and back onto the adjoining land. We are doing this in a particular order to ensure we don't cause problems elsewhere in the city and surrounding area.

"All the agencies involved will be working and sharing equipment to keep Oxfordshire PLC open for business, allowing large and small companies to thrive and relocate to Oxford with confidence.

"Significant flooding forecasts have greatly improved and river levels are monitored electronically so this plan will be put into place when flooding is forecast. We can't guarantee that these roads will never flood again as no one knows what mother nature might throw at us but there is now a much greater chance of the roads staying open."

– Deputy Leader of Oxfordshire County Council Rodney Rose

Residents to share ideas for flood protection

Plans needed to protect Oxford from floods Credit: ITV News Meridian

People in Oxford will have the chance for their say on protecting the city against floods.

The Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme is aimed at reducing the risk to over one thousand properties. The consultation starts today and will last six weeks.

The public events will be open from 2.30pm to 7pm in the following locations:

* Tuesday 19 January, Oxford Town Hall, OX1 1BX

* Wednesday 20 January, Abbey House, Abingdon, OX14 3JE

* Friday 22 January, South Oxford Community Centre, OX1 4RP

* Wednesday 27 January, Kennington Village Centre, OX1 5PG

* Thursday 28 January, West Oxford Community Centre, OX2 0BT

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Pregnant woman rescued from flooded home

A pregnant woman and a man have been rescued by firefighters following flooding at a property in Canterbury Road, in Hawkinge, near Folkestone.

Crews worked with the local authority, Environment Agency and Southern Water to place sandbags and pump water from the property with cooperation from a neighbouring landowner.

Two dogs were also rescued.

There are no reports of any injuries and no further health concerns for the people rescued.

Flood warnings across Kent

The Environment Agency has issued 14 flood warnings across Kent.

One red flood warning has been issued in Hellingly and Horsebridge.

The Environment Agency expect flooding here and recommend immediate action be taken.

Elsewhere, 13 amber flood alerts have been issued - flooding is possible and residents should be prepared around:

  • Upper River Medway Area
  • Rivers Eden & Eden Brook Area
  • River Rother Area
  • Rivers Tillingham and Brede Area
  • Lower River Stour Area
  • River Beult Area
  • River Bourne Area
  • Lower River Medway Area
  • River Teise and Lesser Teise Area from Horsmonden to Yalding Middle
  • River Medway Area
  • River Teise Area from Lamberhurst to Goudhurst
  • Upper Ouse
  • Cuckmere River

Warning to walkers after cracks appear in sea defences

The cracks appeared during wet and windy weather Credit: Donna Jones

Walkers have been told to stay clear of sea defences at Southsea in Hampshire because of major cracks. The leader of Portsmouth Council, Donna Jones, says that the damage appeared during wet and windy conditions over Christmas. Contractors have put up barriers while inspections are carried out.

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