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The aftermath of Storm Dennis in Guildford and Godalming

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The aftermath of Storm Dennis in Guildford and Godalming

Published by Grace Mcgachy at 1:56pm 17th February 2020. (Updated at 9:07am 18th February 2020)

Guildford and Godalming are still feeling the after effects of Storm Dennis today (17 February). 

We are warned there's a risk of further flooding - after heavy rain in Surrey and Hampshire at the weekend.

It saw rivers overflowing and temporary defence barriers going up in Guildford, Godalming and Leatherhead.

Bedford Road car park 

The lower level of Bedford Road car park has been shut off due to flooding. 

Guildford Borough Council urged drivers to remove their vehicles last night (16 February) as the water began to rise. 

beford road carpark guildford flooded
beford road carpark guildford flooded
beford road carpark guildford flooded

Millmead car park

The car park in Guildford is completely flooded and unusable as the River Wey has burst its bank. 

The water is moving fast and has risen as high as the benches. 

Guildford Borough Council said on social media last night:

"Access to Millmead is currently closed due to river levels.

"Please don't ignore road closed signs or attempt to drive through floodwater."

Milmead car park flooded guildford
The view from Porridge Pot Alley in Guildford
Milmead car park flooded guildford

The show will go on in Guildford

The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre says performances will go ahead as planned despite nearby flooding: 

"Please be aware that the area behind the theatre is currently flooded, with no access via Millmead Car Park.

"Performances will be going ahead as planned - keep an eye on our social media for updates. 

"Please factor this into your travel and parking time"

Yvonne Arnaud theatre high river

Riverside Walk Guildford 

The river is very high and fast flowing at Riverside walk.

Millmead Road next to the White House Pub has been closed. 

riverside walk guildford high river flood
riverside walk guildford high river flood
The river is flowing fast on Riverside Walk today

Eagle Radio asked Guildford Borough Council what their plans were for the affected areas over the next few days:

"We are working closely with our partners and the Environment Agency to deal with the flooding currently affecting the River Wey in the borough.

"Water levels are currently still rising on the River Wey.

"The Environment Agency installed temporary flood defences on Mary Road in the town centre on Sunday morning and these remain in place.

"Sandbags are available at 6 town centre locations plus 2 locations on Walnut Tree Close (The Mews and Oakleaf) for residents at risk of property flooding  – if you are unable to physically carry sandbags please call us on 01483 505050 for assistance.

"Millmead is flooded and the on-street car parking there is closed, along with the footbridge over the river to protect the public.

"If you need to visit the Council offices today or tomorrow, please use the back entrance on Lawn Road.

"We recognise that this is a worrying time for those living close to the river – please sign up for flood alerts and follow @EnvAgencySE on Twitter.

"We will also share regular updates on our own social media channels - @GuildfordBC (Twitter) and GuildfordBC (Facebook)"

flood barriers guildford

The Lammas Lands Godalming 

The River Wey has also been causing issues in Godalming and temporary defence barriers have been installed. 

The Lammas Lands have flooded. 

flooding godalming
flooding godalming

Some roads in Surrey and Hampshire remain shut because of the weekend's heavy rainfall. 

You can read more here.

Guildford Borough Council is providing emergency sandbags to those who need them. 

They can be collected at the following locations in Guildford town centre:

  • Fays Passage, Bedford Road
  • Mary Road car park
  • Millbrook car park
  • Millmead Court, Millmead
  • Portsmouth Road car park
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