St Mary Bourne has had its share of water troubles over the years, with Southern Water spending much time and money in the area to attempt to sort out the problem with the rising water levels and the old drainage system unable to cope. This is why, when the flood warnings started to trickle through, it possibly touched those residents of St Mary Bourne more than most. The Environment agency issued a flood alert for the area on 10th January 2014 and since then villagers have watched the Bourne rise after each rain fall.
On Tuesday 28th January, the Environment Agency descended on the village and started to install bright blue flood barriers opposite the junction of the War Memorial on the river, which has already started to spread beyond the river’s banks, water-logging the surrounding area.
Andover & Villages spoke to the Environment Agency, who told us that the measures are being put in place as they believe the river levels will continue to rise over the coming week. Sand bangs are being placed along the river banks to protect the immediate properties and the flood defences have been installed to attempt to protect properties towards the centre of the village who could fall victim to the rising water levels.
These measures have not been put in place to assist with the Southern Water directives. However, we were told by the Environment Agency that the rising water levels will not help with the issues villagers are having with their drainage.
The Environment Agency will be releasing an update regarding the Flood Alert for the River Bourne today.