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Flooded road rage and illegal driving sparks MP’s anger

Walkers brave strong winds and heavy rain showers to walk the shingle covered Esplanade, Southsea. 
 
Picture: Allan Hutchings (14386-176)

Walkers brave strong winds and heavy rain showers to walk the shingle covered Esplanade, Southsea. Picture: Allan Hutchings (14386-176)

RECKLESS drivers who have been spotted racing down flood-hit streets in the area have been condemned by an MP.

Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery has hit out at motorists who have reportedly been speeding at 40mph through the flooded roads of Hambledon.

He has also criticised the ‘unbelievable behaviour’ of a driver who attacked a resident when he was asked to slow down.

Travel problems have been easing across the area but more heavy rain is due today.

Mr Hollingbery said: ‘Quite frankly, I have been appalled by the absolutely unbelievable behaviour of some drivers who do not live in these areas and who don’t seem to care that they are driving inconsiderately at the least and very dangerously at the most.

‘These roads are treacherous at the moment and I urge motorists to exercise some common sense and slow down.’

The MP said he was out at the weekend speaking to residents in Hambledon, Rowlands Castle, and Bramdean, about the floods which are covering the Meon Valley area.

While speaking to people in the area, one resident told Mr Hollingbery he was attacked by an angry driver when he asked him to slow down through the water.

The man waved his hand at the motorist to ask the driver to cut his speed.

But the motorist stopped, got out of his vehicle, and tried to punch the man.

‘Luckily the driver only managed to connect with his torch, which hopefully must have hurt his hand before he ran back to his car and drove off,’ added Mr Hollingbery.

‘Sadly this was not the only incident. I was completely soaked by one car driving straight through deep flood water at high speed and in other places I have had to jump out of the way on several occasions to avoid getting wet. This is inconsiderate and illegal, and people should have more sense.’

Hampshire Constabulary has also issued warnings about entering floodwater.

Inspector Mark Lewis said: ‘Flood water can seem very attractive to youngsters and dogs to play in, but we would strongly advise staying out of it, and keep yourself safe from potential harm.’

 

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