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Flood warning issued for Andover

Test Valley Borough Council is busy delivering sandbags to Andover residents potentially affected by flooding after the Environment Agency issued a warning for the town.

Areas covered by the warning include Andover, Upper Clatford and Goodworth Clatford on the River Anton. The council has requested military assistance to help fill sandbags and more than 8,000 have been distributed so far.

A letter will also be hand delivered to all at risk properties later today. The letter provides guidance and information about how to protect homes and the steps people should take should flooding occur. In addition the authority is deploying housing staff to liaise with residents whose homes are at risk, to identify where there is a need to provide accommodation.

The council set up its emergency control centre on Saturday morning. This has been operating 24 hours a day to deal with flooding issues affecting the borough. The centre helps coordinate the response of partner agencies across Test Valley, including Hampshire County Council, Environment Agency, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, Hampshire Constabulary and Southern Water.

Sandbags are available free of charge to those at imminent risk of flooding. Any residents requiring sandbags are asked to contact the council on 01264 368000 or 01794 527700.

It is expected that this situation will continue into next week. Keep checking the latest information from the Environment Agency, local authority websites, social media and local radio.