EMSWORTH has today suffered some of the worst-flooding of recent years.
High tide today (January 3) saw water rush inland.
Despite building up defences, the Lord Raglan Pub, in Queen Street, was flooded and was bracing for more around midnight when the tide is once again expected to flood the area.
Joint owner Sally Mahoney said: “We had our defences up today and it still broke through. We had builders in this morning putting up boards. It’s one of those things.”
Asked how it compared to previous years, she said: “This is the worst.”
The Environment Agency said its gangs were out in the town building temporary defences to try to protect property for the later flood tonight.
A spokeswoman for Havant Borough Council said: “Whilst every effort is being made to ensure flooding is kept to a minimum, residents are being asked to stay safe and not to visit areas where flooding is expected.
“Havant Borough Council have front line staff who are working in this area to assist people and are fully briefed regards to their own safety during this time. Residents are being urged to stay away from the promenade of Hayling Island for their own safety.
“Residents are being advised only to travel if necessary but if they do have to travel on the roads, to take extra care as flooding is expected.
“If anyone sees flooding near electricity substations in residential areas they are asked to report it to Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) on 0800 072 72 82.
“Advice on flooding can be found at www.hants.gov.uk/flooding and flood warnings can be found on the Environment Agency website www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods.
People can also call Floodline on 0845 988 1188.
She added if anyone had concerns about any older or vulnerable people in their community during times of adverse weather, they should call 0845 603 5630 or out of hours 0845 600 4555.
Residents were asked to be good neighbours and check on anybody elderly or who may be vulnerable during this time.
Highways teams will continue to be busy responding to weather related incidents and the public are encouraged to report road problems online at www.hants.gov.uk/roadproblems or call 0845 603 5633.