Insurers are to make around £426 million worth of payouts for the destruction caused by severe flooding over Christmas and New Year.
Strongest winds between 3 am and 10 am. Heavy rain expected to cause localised flooding
Increasing amounts of litter from sweet wrappers to cigarette butts are being found on UK beaches according to a new survey.
Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery will visit the village of Hambledon this afternoon as it continues to be affected by flooding. Sandbag walls had to be raised in parts of the village yesterday after more than an inch of rain fell in 12 hours. A meeting will take place later for concerned residents.
The plight of a flood-hit village in Hampshire will be raised with an Environment Minister at a meeting in London on Monday as part of COBRA (Emergency Cabinet Office meeting). Nearly 140 properties in Hambledon are under threat from flood waters after record rainfall throughout January.
Sand bag walls are in a 'precarious position' according to a report today from the Hambledon Flood Action Group, after an inch of rain fell in a 12 hour period from yesterday lunchtime. Three roads - East and West St and part of Green Lane - were closed earlier this week.
The group's chairman Tony Higham said in the report: 'A number of properties are in an extremely fragile state - and others already flooded. Much work by the various services is required on the road - sandbagging, pumping and responding to calls.'
There are nearly 200 flood warnings and alerts in the Meridian region after heavy rain yesterday and overnight. Currently there are 40 flood warnings where flooding is expected and 144 flood alerts where flooding is possible.
Firefighters pumped out water and put down sand bags at a property in Worthing after its basement was flooded. Four inches of water seeped through overnight. The residents had already pulled the carpets up before it was flooded.
Rail services between Fareham and Eastleigh have been cancelled this morning after a landslide on the rail line at Botley. Trains are being diverted, extending journey times by up to 30 minutes.
Buses are running between Eastleigh and Fareham calling at Hedge End and Botley and First Great Western services are being diverted via Southampton Central.
As communities in the south east face another day of rising water levels, there are urgent calls for help to deal with the flooding. Pumps were needed when the car park at the Waitrose store in Tenterden flooded late last night.
– Sean Bone-Knell, KFRS Assistant Director
We are preparing for a potential weekend of flooding and have staff and special equipment including high volume pumps and water safety units such as boats, on standby to respond. While we appreciate that residents want to get the water out of their homes as quickly as possible, pumping may not always be the immediate solution but we will be working closely with partner agencies to ensure we are there when people need us.
People who are older, vulnerable or living on their own might become concerned or isolated at this time. Residents are asked to check in on friends, family and neighbours to make sure they are alright – and arrange to be in touch during bad weather.
Residents in parts of Kent are being urged to remain aware of the potential for more river, coastal and groundwater flooding this weekend.
High spring tides are also forecast along the south coast, which could result in Flood Alerts and possibly Flood Warnings being issued for coastal communities.
Property flooding in localised areas, and more widespread basement and road flooding are expected to continue, with areas particularly affected through the Nailbourne catchment in Kent.