ROMSEY’S mayor has praised authorities tackling flooding problems in the town.

Councillor Ian Richards said: “Despite the adverse conditions, Test Valley Borough Council had the most vulnerable properties protected with sandbags outside of the immediate danger area of Budds Lane and Greatbridge Road.

I believe the Fire Service took the lead role in constructing the flood barrier across Greatbridge Road which saved a wider area from flooding and distress because Greatbridge Road was flooded down to the Priestlands junction on Saturday.

“Environment Agency staff have been clearing fallen trees, branches and other debris from waterways between Belbins and Fishlake. They are trying to do what they can to prevent further problems. ”

Councillor Richards and his wife, Cheryll, were out and about at the weekend visiting flooded areas.

Warning people not to go into flood water, Mr Richards disclosed that a dog died as a result of suffering from hypothermia after going into a flooded field near the town a couple of weeks ago.

“My advice to people is don’t venture out in flooded areas because you don’t know how deep the water is. Even pets can suffer in floodwater. I am aware of a spaniel has died from hypothermia after going into freezing water in a flooded field,” concluded Mr Richards.