Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Heavy rain causes flooding on the Isle of Wight

Heavy rain and strong winds overnight caused flooding on the Isle of Wight.

Fire crews dealt with flooding-related incidents at almost 100 properties with the majority of them in Ryde, where Monkton Mead Brook burst its banks.

Fire fighters waded into the water to clear away a wall which collapsed into it. Hovertravel has been forced to cancel services on the island.

Meanwhile, on the mainlaind in Hampshire, a sewer burst overnight in Hayling Island.

About 70 fire crews were involved in the clean up operation on the island.

More than 1,300 sandbags were delivered to private individuals across the island.

The council also delivered 265 sandbags to vulnerable residents.

'Matter of urgency'

Barry Gehan, one of Hovertravel's senior managers and senior pilots, told BBC Radio Solent: "We have withdrawn our services due to the bad conditions.

"At the moment, we have winds [at] 45 gusting to well over 50 knots which is beyond our limitations.

"We would not want to risk our passengers because safety comes first."

On Hayling Island, Southern Water said emergency crews are currently repairing the water main, which carries rain and waste water from Fishery Lane Pumping Station.

The firm added that 12 tankers, capable of carrying 4,000 litres, were drafted in to take away water from the station.

Engineers remain on site repairing the pipe and Selsmore Road has been temporarily shut, a spokeswoman said.

Clive Massey, from Southern Water, said: "An incident team was set up last night to find and fix the burst as a matter of urgency.

"There was flooding in the immediate area around the burst at the caravan park.

"I am pleased to say that this was contained, cleaned up and water has not entered properties."

Hampshire Police has issued a warning to drivers to take care on the roads as more heavy rain and strong winds are forecast.

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