Romsey, a picturesque town in Hampshire, experienced an unprecedented rainfall over the weekend of 15-16 February. With a staggering 45mm of rain, which is more than half the monthly average, it was a testament to the wet winter the region had already endured. This downpour left vast expanses of Romsey, including fields, footpaths, and gardens, under extensive flooding.
However, the swift response of the Environment Agency, in conjunction with local councils and emergency services, ensured the town's safety. River levels surged, prompting the agency to roll out the Geodesign temporary barriers along key areas like the Greatbridge Road and Riverside Gardens. Their goal was clear: to significantly mitigate the flood risks to the town and its residents.
A Geodesign Barriers staff member inspects the Industrial P101 Flood Barrier in Romsey, expertly deployed to safeguard the community from surging water levels following the heavy rainfall.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue, Test Valley Borough Council, and Hampshire County Council played pivotal roles in this deployment, exemplifying collaborative efforts in times of crisis. By Monday, 17 February, the proactive approach expanded to include the Causeway and Mainstone, shielding almost 200 properties from the raging waters of the river Test.
In this commendable effort to safeguard Romsey, approximately 800m of the Industrial P101 Flood Barrier was utilized. These barriers, renowned for their resilience and efficiency, stood as a bulwark against the relentless waters, protecting homes, businesses, and the historic charm of Romsey.