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Wherwell water meadows soak up the flood water

Wherwell is set in the heart of the Test Valley, and its quaint cottages and beautiful river often feature on the front of postcards, promoting England and, in particular, Hampshire. Yet the price to pay for such beautiful nature and scenery is high at this time of year, and especially with the dramatic weather fronts that we have been experiencing throughout the past month.

Photo courtesy of Ian Pickett

Photo courtesy of Ian Pickett

Residents of Wherwell have watched the water creep in, over the last few weeks, and the River Test has gradually spilled over to join the surrounding meadows. The water has just started to spill into Winchester Road and, already, Wherwell Primary School and the surrounding playing fields are beginning to struggle with the water levels.

Wherwell water meadows taken from the Winchester Road

 Wherwell water meadows taken from the Winchester Road

Luckily the residents of Wherwell are used to the rising water, and the meadows surrounding much of the village are doing what they’re designed to do and are easing the impact of flooding. However, more rain is forecast and so far we haven’t seen much of a reprieve yet, and the photos below show how much of a difference a few weeks has made in Wherwell.

Wherwell water meadows taken from the Longparish Road

Wherwell water meadows taken from the Longparish Road February 11th 2014

Wherwell water meadows taken on the 20th January 2014 which shows the difference in water levels since.

Wherwell water meadows taken on the 20th January 2014 which shows the difference in water levels since. Photos courtesy of Kathryn Dawson

If you are concerned about the rising flood water in Wherwell then you can contact Test Valley Borough Council (TVBC) on 01264 368000. The general recommendation, according to TVBC, are six sandbags for french doors, one per air brick at ground level and three for each other door within the property. If you have any local photographs of Wherwell, please send them in to katydawson@andoverandvillages.co.uk