Flash Flooding On South Coast

Hampshire police say they had a steady stream of calls about flooding on roads across the county on Thursday August 18th 2011.

The heavy rain brought with it incidents of flooding and plenty of surface water.

Police worked with the fire service and local highways authorities to close roads affected in areas including Basingstoke, Winchester, Southampton and the New Forest.

In Ringwood, Gorley Road, Southampton Road, Highfield Road and Eastfield Lane were all flooded.

Elsewhere in the Forest area, the A338 at Fordingbridge as well as Hightown, Picket Post, Linbrook and Cupernham Lane in Romsey also saw flooding.

Police also had reports of vehicles breaking down in the water in those areas.

At Burley, a motorcyclist and passenger were treated by ambulance crews after coming off the vehicle on Forest Road around 1.20pm. Both were ok but the motorcycle itself ended up submerged in water.

In the Winchester area, there were reports of flooding and high surface water at Droxford, Martyr Worthy, and at the services at Sutton Scotney on the A34.

Police also had reports of vehicles stuck in flood water close to the Three Maids Roundabout

In the Basingstoke area, there was flooding and high surface water on the B3440 Whitchurch to Overton road, the A339 at Wolverton, Stockbridge Road at North Waltham and Pack Lane at Oakley.

In Southampton, Paynes Road and Millbrook Road were closed because of water coming through the manhole covers, people also struggled to get out of the car park at the West Quay shopping centre.

All the roads were back to normal by the evening.

Dorset was worst-affected by the freak downpours - see our article, photos and video footage here.