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Floods and travel chaos as Storm Barra batters Southampton

STORM Barra swooped in on Southampton yesterday, causing road closures, travel disruption and in many areas, flooding.

Chaos ensued on Tuesday, December 7 as city residents battled against the storm, which is set to strike the country again today.

This comes after flood warnings and alerts were put in place across Southampton and Hampshire, with warnings in place for Beaulieu and Fareham.


Alerts were also issued for Mansbridge, Riverside Park, Hamble, Southampton Water, Milford on Sea, Lymington, and Beaulieu estuary.

Weston Shore

Water spilled into the road at Weston Shore, along Weston Parade, and the road was closed to traffic.

The water was remarkably deep and made it near impossible for drivers to pass through, with many turning around and going back in the direction they came.

Daily Echo: Weston Shore, December 7Weston Shore, December 7

The water stretched across the road and onto the grassland opposite the shore.

Daily Echo: Weston Shore, December 7Weston Shore, December 7

Flooding also affected other parts of Hampshire, and a baby and an adult had to be rescued from a flooded car at Hillhead Harbour.

According to coastguard services, water had breached the seawall and the car was submerged up to its wheel arches.

Both the adult and the baby were brought to safety. 

Elsewhere, Moorhill Road in West End was partially blocked after strong gusts blew down a tree. 

Daily Echo: Moorhill Road, West End. December 7Moorhill Road, West End. December 7

Vehicles were directed past the tree one side of the road at a time.

Areas such as Hythe, Lymington and Eling in Totton were also greatly impacted by flooding.

Daily Echo: Hythe. Photo: Donna BotleyHythe. Photo: Donna Botley

Strong winds and heavy rain showers impacted travel services across the county too. 

Daily Echo: Eling, Totton. Photo: Zoe SullivanEling, Totton. Photo: Zoe Sullivan

The service between Lymington Pier and Brockenhurst on South Western Railway was suspended due to poor weather conditions.

Numerous bus services in Southampton were diverted or cancelled as many routes were disrupted by flooding. 

Daily Echo: Photo by Rachel JennerPhoto by Rachel Jenner

A yellow weather warning for wind has been issued for today, but it narrowly misses Southampton. 

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