Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Hambledon flood alleviation scheme work begins

Hambledon in February 2014
Image caption Hambledon was flooded for more than 40 days earlier this year

Work on a £3.89m flood relief scheme in a Hampshire village that was flooded for more than 40 days has begun.

Groundwater began rising in Hambledon on 8 January, forcing many villagers to leave their homes.

A 3ft (1m) diameter pipe will be installed under the village and drainage ditches will be cleared.

The first phase involves improving and widening ditches downstream of the village and installing larger pipes under properties.

Phase two involves the creation of floodwater culverts in East Street, West Street and parts of Green Lane, road resurfacing and re-shaping of the road to help any floodwater stay within the kerbs of the road.

The works are due to be complete in Spring 2016.

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