New Forest District Council has set up collection points for sandbags given out to local communities during the recent flooding at:

  • Bath Road Car Park, Lymington
  • Marsh Lane Depot, Marsh Lane, Lymington
  • The Quay Car Park Lymington
  • Downs Park Crescent, Eling
  • Admiralty Way, Marchwood (by the sea wall)
  • Claymeadow Depot, Hounsdown Avenue, Totton
  • Pennys Close garage area, Fordingbridge
  • Fordingbridge Car Park
  • Ringwood Depot, Christchurch Road, Ringwood

While some parts of Hampshire are still benefitting from sandbags staying put, the threat of flooding in certain communities of the New Forest where the council deployed a significant number of sandbags has now eased.

The council distributed over 10,000 sandbags between 23 December 2013 and 28 February 2014 to help protect properties at threat of flooding.

Sandbags supplied by the council can be taken to the collection sites until Friday 28 March.

Residents are asked not to take any other items to the sites, but to dispose of them through the Household Waste Recycling Centres or call Customer Services on 023 8028 5000 for advice.

Residents can take up to 10 sandbags to their local Household Waste Recycling Centre. Please take appropriate caution when handling used sandbags, such as wearing gloves, and taking care when lifting. The sand in sandbags, even if not contaminated, is not suitable for children to play in or for use in children’s sandpits.

While high, groundwater levels are, in most of Hamsphire, now stable.

More advice on cleaning up after the flooding can be found at

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