22/02/2014 - Flood Support in Romsey

ARMY BRIEF MP CAROLINE NOKES ON FLOOD SUPPORT IN ROMSEY

Brigadier Andrew Hughes and Lt Colonel Jo Fossey briefed Romsey MP Caroline Nokes on Saturday morning of the work done during the week to save Romsey from more extensive flooding.

Starting from the Environment Agency in Romsey the senior officers who were commanding military support across Hampshire showed the MP, who was accompanied by County Council Leader, Roy Perry, sites around the town where there had been extensive placinng of sand bags to the more extensive engineering works on the River Test at Greatbridge.

Lt Colonel Fossey who was in particular command in Romsey, explained that at times there had been more than 400 military personnel involved including Royal Navy and Army. He particularly praised the hard work done by the sailors who became expert at constructing sandbag barriers. The famous cat flap was designed by engineer officers on site and only worked at the third attempt but now seems to be operating very successfully slowing the flow into the Fishlake Stream. He said some of the lessons learned in Afghanistan at Camp Bastion were used in the techniques to control the flow of the river.

Caroline Nokes expressed her appreciation and that of the whole town for the tremendous effort by the military.

Roy Perry County Councillor for Romsey Extra and Leader of the County Council said:

This is a situation none of us would wish to see repeated but it has demonstrated a tremendous community effort. It has involved the military, police and fire and the county and district council staff and the Environment Agency and the utility companies. As we walked down to the flooded Memorial Park it was touching when two local residents stopped the Brigadier and Colonel to say they had been out of the country when the floods came and how grateful they were that the army had saved Romsey and their home. I think they spoke for the whole of Romsey and Hampshire