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Train company says bad weather has affected performance

The Managing Director of South West Trains has issued a video statement about the company's performance during the recent bad weather.

In the statement Tim Shoveller says a number of landslips caused by rain and flooding has meant that trains have not been as punctual.

He added that the company was doing all it can to improve on this.

Rumours of looting in Buckskin are untrue, say police

Rumours on social media that properties in the Buckskin area of Basingstoke are being looted are untrue.

Hampshire Police have confirmed that there have been no incidents of theft, looting or any burglary offences in that area.

Homes have recently had to be evacuated due to the ongoing flooding.

There has only been one reported incident of anti-social behaviour caused by youngsters running through water.

Families forced to evacuate their flooded homes

Dozens of people have spent the night in hotels in Basingstoke after rising groundwater that had no where to go - started seeping up through the floors in their homes.

Around 50 properties in Buckskin had to be evacuated and residents moved to the local church and community centre before being placed in temporary accommodation.

Local people told ITV Meridian that within an hour of a few damp patches forming - their carpets were soon inches under water.

Here's Kerry Swain.


Storm clean-up continues in Poole

Council staff are continuing to clear up damage caused by the recent strong winds, high tides and flooding in Poole.Works to repair a 40-70 sq mtr section of pavement in Shore Road will take place on Thursday and Friday this week.

The pavement was damaged when the road was flooded by tidal water on Friday night.Two oak trees on Gravel Hill will be felled between 9.30pm and midnight tonight. To allow for their safe removal, a temporary road closure will be put in place between Darby's Corner and Dunyeats Road.

Stop/Go boards will also be in place on Thursday from 10am for the rest of the day to enable the large amount of debris and fallen trees stacked on the verges along Gravel Hill to be cleared.

It has been quite a challenge to get Poole back on its feet so quickly after the recent severe weather. Nearly every part of Poole has been affected in someway, not just the areas around the Harbour. Our staff are doing a fantastic job in dealing with the storm damage and we would like to thank the community for their patience while the clean up operation continues."

– Simon Legg, Street Scene Operations Manager

Long delays and reduced services for commuters

Rail passengers in the Thames Valley have been warned tonight that they face another two months of disruption - and cancellations - because of flooding and rising water levels on the network.

Flooding at Maidenhead means up to one in four First Great Western trains still aren't able to run. Tankers - which are in place to remove water from the lines - are on 24-hour standby at Newbury Station to keep things moving.

Many routes in and out of Paddington were able to re-open today after engineers worked through the weekend to clear lines. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.

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