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Flood warnings for Christchurch, Lymington, Milford, Beaulieu, Marchwood, Hythe, Fawley and Eling as Storm Barra hits area

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WITH high winds predicted to hit the area today (Tuesday) thanks to Storm Barra, flood warnings have also been issued for coastal spots.

The Met office has given the New Forest and Christchurch a yellow weather warning for today and Wednesday as Storm Barra bears down with winds up to 70mph.

Now the Environment Agency has also chipped in with alerts of flooding for this afternoon.

The lightly shaded areas are flood alerts, and the darker are more serious flood warnings
The lightly shaded areas are flood alerts, and the darker are more serious flood warnings

The tide between 12.20pm and 2.34pm will be higher than normal, with flood alerts for the Ship Inn pub on Lymington Town Quay. Saltgrass Lane will be completely impassable to traffic

In Milford High Street, near the Smugglers Inn pub, the river will rise close to the top of the river bank, possibly flooding footpaths but not property.

Tidal defence gates at Keyhaven and Lymington will be closed for two hours either side of high water, and all private defence gates should be closed. Any cars parked at Saltgrass Lane will be at risk of floodwater.

Flooding will affect the lower floor level of Eling Tide Mill and Eling Lane. Road and car park flooding will hit Ashlett Creek in Fawley, Magazine Lane in Marchwood, and Promenade and Shore Road in Hythe.

In Beaulieu, Palace Lane and the B3056 Hatchet Lane north of the Mill Pond will flood, making access to the village temporarily difficult. On the downstream side of the pond, the Mill House garden will flood. The EA has warned motorists to drive slowly through the village to avoid flooding properties, particularly on Hatchet Lane.

For Christchurch, the tide at 10.30am today and 12.30am tomorrow will affect spots around Christchurch harbour including Mudeford, Stanpit, the Quomps and Wick. The Lower Stour and Avon areas will be most at risk today at 11am and 11.45pm

The EA has also warned residents to take care along beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths and roads, due to the danger of large waves and sea spray.

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