Magna Road reopened after flooding causes closure "nightmare"

Bournemouth Echo: Magna Road closed due to 2ft deep flooding after heavy rain Magna Road closed due to 2ft deep flooding after heavy rain

RESIDENTS and motorists have described the flooding of a busy road in Poole as a “nightmare” as the road has been closed for nine days.

Magna Road was submerged with water two feet deep on Christmas Eve between King John Avenue at Bear Cross and Queen Anne Drive.

The road was reopened a week later, but torrential rain caused the stretch of the A341 near Canford School to flood again on New Year’s Day.

Highways operatives from Poole Council pumped away the floodwater this afternoon but said the road could be flooded once again if there is another downpour. 

Local resident Christine Selby, 66, said: “The road closure is an absolute nightmare and it’s causing a lot of problems for residents and motorists as it is a route which a lot of people use to get into Bournemouth.”

Despite road closure warnings put up by Poole Council at one end and Bournemouth Council at the other, several motorists have ventured into the deep water and become stuck.

Motorcyclist Fergus Cairns, 41, said: “I came down from Reading on Christmas Eve and the road was closed. I even saw two cars submerged, so I went the longer way round as there is no way I would try and go through such deep water.

“It’s inconvenient because this is the only road which leads directly through to Bournemouth.”

Jason Bond, 37 said: “I had to go a different way to work because of the flooding. It’s been like this for well over a week and the water is at least two feet deep.”

A spokesperson from Poole council said: “We have been working hard to ensure disruption to the road network is minimised. Magna Road has been closed but reopened after staff successfully cleared the flood water using pumps.”

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12:58pm Thu 2 Jan 14

funkyferret says...

This part of the road floods most years - when will Poole Borough Council suitably re-engineer the drains here?
This part of the road floods most years - when will Poole Borough Council suitably re-engineer the drains here? funkyferret

1:26pm Thu 2 Jan 14

JMcKrill says...

I live at the bearcross end of magna road, and there are no signs there anymore, hence why people are continuing to drive down. The signs disappeared on Boxing Day!
I live at the bearcross end of magna road, and there are no signs there anymore, hence why people are continuing to drive down. The signs disappeared on Boxing Day! JMcKrill

1:45pm Thu 2 Jan 14

speedy231278 says...

As usual, the councils have been spending their money on frivalous crap, rather than maintaining their infrastructure. It takes little rain anywhere around here to cause major floods. TRY KEEPING THE DRAINAGE SYSTEMS CLEAR!!!
As usual, the councils have been spending their money on frivalous crap, rather than maintaining their infrastructure. It takes little rain anywhere around here to cause major floods. TRY KEEPING THE DRAINAGE SYSTEMS CLEAR!!! speedy231278

1:51pm Thu 2 Jan 14

TheDistrict says...

I drove on the Magna Road last Sunday to Longleat. No signs at Bear Cross, and was not aware of the road closure until we passed the Hamworthy Club and laying. Incidentally had DORSET CC got in machinery to move the mud (no water), traffic could have got through, rather than turning round on going back and round via Hampreston. Councils and Highway departments are useless. New drainage would be cheaper than continuous draining and maintenance of roads.
I drove on the Magna Road last Sunday to Longleat. No signs at Bear Cross, and was not aware of the road closure until we passed the Hamworthy Club and laying. Incidentally had DORSET CC got in machinery to move the mud (no water), traffic could have got through, rather than turning round on going back and round via Hampreston. Councils and Highway departments are useless. New drainage would be cheaper than continuous draining and maintenance of roads. TheDistrict

2:48pm Thu 2 Jan 14

nosuchluck54 says...

When did they extend that road to Longleat then ? Well done to the highways department that will certainly save some time on my next trip to see the lions
When did they extend that road to Longleat then ? Well done to the highways department that will certainly save some time on my next trip to see the lions nosuchluck54

4:46pm Thu 2 Jan 14

60plus says...

That road has flooded for years they need to get it sorted it would not be allowed to happen at sandbanks.
That road has flooded for years they need to get it sorted it would not be allowed to happen at sandbanks. 60plus

5:45pm Thu 2 Jan 14

muscliffman says...

speedy231278 wrote:
As usual, the councils have been spending their money on frivalous crap, rather than maintaining their infrastructure. It takes little rain anywhere around here to cause major floods. TRY KEEPING THE DRAINAGE SYSTEMS CLEAR!!!
Quite, let's watch our Council's put in some new raised pedestrian crossings, 20mph speed limits, traffic calming, improved lighting and a few pretty coloured cycle lanes here - that should really sort out the highway predictably flooding virtually every year!
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: As usual, the councils have been spending their money on frivalous crap, rather than maintaining their infrastructure. It takes little rain anywhere around here to cause major floods. TRY KEEPING THE DRAINAGE SYSTEMS CLEAR!!![/p][/quote]Quite, let's watch our Council's put in some new raised pedestrian crossings, 20mph speed limits, traffic calming, improved lighting and a few pretty coloured cycle lanes here - that should really sort out the highway predictably flooding virtually every year! muscliffman

5:55pm Thu 2 Jan 14

north dorset AFCB says...

The Lion of Longham, now that was a long time ago.
The Lion of Longham, now that was a long time ago. north dorset AFCB

6:33pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Hobad1 says...

Apparently, according to the Echo......"Despite road closure warnings put up by Poole Council at one end and Bournemouth Council at the other, several motorists have ventured into the deep water and become stuck"......I drove along that road yesterday, as did many many other motorists, and there were no warnings at all. The first I knew of it, and indeed the other motorists, was when I got to the flood and had to turn around. So here's a crazy idea.....how about Poole and Bmth Councils actually put up the road closure warnings to warn motorists.....then we dont have to waste our time drving along roads that we can't get through. It'll never happen though....as that would be common sense, and its Poole and Bmth councils.
Apparently, according to the Echo......"Despite road closure warnings put up by Poole Council at one end and Bournemouth Council at the other, several motorists have ventured into the deep water and become stuck"......I drove along that road yesterday, as did many many other motorists, and there were no warnings at all. The first I knew of it, and indeed the other motorists, was when I got to the flood and had to turn around. So here's a crazy idea.....how about Poole and Bmth Councils actually put up the road closure warnings to warn motorists.....then we dont have to waste our time drving along roads that we can't get through. It'll never happen though....as that would be common sense, and its Poole and Bmth councils. Hobad1

6:57pm Thu 2 Jan 14

jaysun says...

north dorset AFCB wrote:
The Lion of Longham, now that was a long time ago.
And Ajax the lion in Ferndown
[quote][p][bold]north dorset AFCB[/bold] wrote: The Lion of Longham, now that was a long time ago.[/p][/quote]And Ajax the lion in Ferndown jaysun

7:02pm Thu 2 Jan 14

jaysun says...

I don't know what these people are on about..Nightmare?An elderly RAF pilot once explained the meaning of "Nightmare"
When he flew back from a bombing raid in Germany,he was over the channel with a thimbleful of petrol,and the Luftwaffe up his arse.
Now that was a nightmare.
I don't know what these people are on about..Nightmare?An elderly RAF pilot once explained the meaning of "Nightmare" When he flew back from a bombing raid in Germany,he was over the channel with a thimbleful of petrol,and the Luftwaffe up his arse. Now that was a nightmare. jaysun

8:55pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Turtlebay says...

jaysun wrote:
north dorset AFCB wrote:
The Lion of Longham, now that was a long time ago.
And Ajax the lion in Ferndown
You used Ajax on a lion? Thought it was for cleaning baths not lions.
[quote][p][bold]jaysun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]north dorset AFCB[/bold] wrote: The Lion of Longham, now that was a long time ago.[/p][/quote]And Ajax the lion in Ferndown[/p][/quote]You used Ajax on a lion? Thought it was for cleaning baths not lions. Turtlebay

9:18pm Thu 2 Jan 14

goingsolo says...

Jayson, couldn't agree more. Everthing slightly unpleasant or inconvenient is now 'a nightmare'. People here don't know what a real scary situation is - having someone hold a knife at you is scary, not a road closure. Also, surely water and flooding and drainage is Wessex Water or the Environment Agency who are the ones who send our flood warnings?
Jayson, couldn't agree more. Everthing slightly unpleasant or inconvenient is now 'a nightmare'. People here don't know what a real scary situation is - having someone hold a knife at you is scary, not a road closure. Also, surely water and flooding and drainage is Wessex Water or the Environment Agency who are the ones who send our flood warnings? goingsolo

9:42pm Thu 2 Jan 14

jaysun says...

Turtlebay wrote:
jaysun wrote:
north dorset AFCB wrote:
The Lion of Longham, now that was a long time ago.
And Ajax the lion in Ferndown
You used Ajax on a lion? Thought it was for cleaning baths not lions.
Going a bit off topic,I know,but who cares for these people who have a "nightmare"
Ajax was a lion in Ferndown Zoo in the early 50.s.His roar upset some of the residents of the area,which was partly a reason for the demise of the Zoo.
Residents moaning in Ferndown...nothing new there then
[quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jaysun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]north dorset AFCB[/bold] wrote: The Lion of Longham, now that was a long time ago.[/p][/quote]And Ajax the lion in Ferndown[/p][/quote]You used Ajax on a lion? Thought it was for cleaning baths not lions.[/p][/quote]Going a bit off topic,I know,but who cares for these people who have a "nightmare" Ajax was a lion in Ferndown Zoo in the early 50.s.His roar upset some of the residents of the area,which was partly a reason for the demise of the Zoo. Residents moaning in Ferndown...nothing new there then jaysun

7:31am Fri 3 Jan 14

nosuchluck54 says...

jaysun wrote:
Turtlebay wrote:
jaysun wrote:
north dorset AFCB wrote:
The Lion of Longham, now that was a long time ago.
And Ajax the lion in Ferndown
You used Ajax on a lion? Thought it was for cleaning baths not lions.
Going a bit off topic,I know,but who cares for these people who have a "nightmare"
Ajax was a lion in Ferndown Zoo in the early 50.s.His roar upset some of the residents of the area,which was partly a reason for the demise of the Zoo.
Residents moaning in Ferndown...nothing new there then
More interesting than the topic and I didn't want to show my ignorance by asking so thanks for the info, i didn't realise what the story was concerning Ajax nor the fact there ever was a zoo that close to Bournemouth.One of the only reasons I follow the comment section is that between all the worthless comments now and again along comes one that contains interest and knowledge for that I thank you.Have a good day.
[quote][p][bold]jaysun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jaysun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]north dorset AFCB[/bold] wrote: The Lion of Longham, now that was a long time ago.[/p][/quote]And Ajax the lion in Ferndown[/p][/quote]You used Ajax on a lion? Thought it was for cleaning baths not lions.[/p][/quote]Going a bit off topic,I know,but who cares for these people who have a "nightmare" Ajax was a lion in Ferndown Zoo in the early 50.s.His roar upset some of the residents of the area,which was partly a reason for the demise of the Zoo. Residents moaning in Ferndown...nothing new there then[/p][/quote]More interesting than the topic and I didn't want to show my ignorance by asking so thanks for the info, i didn't realise what the story was concerning Ajax nor the fact there ever was a zoo that close to Bournemouth.One of the only reasons I follow the comment section is that between all the worthless comments now and again along comes one that contains interest and knowledge for that I thank you.Have a good day. nosuchluck54

7:36am Fri 3 Jan 14

nosuchluck54 says...

nosuchluck54 wrote:
jaysun wrote:
Turtlebay wrote:
jaysun wrote:
north dorset AFCB wrote:
The Lion of Longham, now that was a long time ago.
And Ajax the lion in Ferndown
You used Ajax on a lion? Thought it was for cleaning baths not lions.
Going a bit off topic,I know,but who cares for these people who have a "nightmare"
Ajax was a lion in Ferndown Zoo in the early 50.s.His roar upset some of the residents of the area,which was partly a reason for the demise of the Zoo.
Residents moaning in Ferndown...nothing new there then
More interesting than the topic and I didn't want to show my ignorance by asking so thanks for the info, i didn't realise what the story was concerning Ajax nor the fact there ever was a zoo that close to Bournemouth.One of the only reasons I follow the comment section is that between all the worthless comments now and again along comes one that contains interest and knowledge for that I thank you.Have a good day.
Just Googled it, quite an interesting story. Thanks again LOL
[quote][p][bold]nosuchluck54[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jaysun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jaysun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]north dorset AFCB[/bold] wrote: The Lion of Longham, now that was a long time ago.[/p][/quote]And Ajax the lion in Ferndown[/p][/quote]You used Ajax on a lion? Thought it was for cleaning baths not lions.[/p][/quote]Going a bit off topic,I know,but who cares for these people who have a "nightmare" Ajax was a lion in Ferndown Zoo in the early 50.s.His roar upset some of the residents of the area,which was partly a reason for the demise of the Zoo. Residents moaning in Ferndown...nothing new there then[/p][/quote]More interesting than the topic and I didn't want to show my ignorance by asking so thanks for the info, i didn't realise what the story was concerning Ajax nor the fact there ever was a zoo that close to Bournemouth.One of the only reasons I follow the comment section is that between all the worthless comments now and again along comes one that contains interest and knowledge for that I thank you.Have a good day.[/p][/quote]Just Googled it, quite an interesting story. Thanks again LOL nosuchluck54

10:51am Fri 3 Jan 14

harrythered says...

From Wimborne just before you get to the Magna Rd junction there is an electronic traffic sign that has been telling people not to drive through standing water, 100 yards further on you were able to turn let onto the flooded Magna Road and then have to turn round and find another route. Hasn't anyone in the Council or Highways Authority got the brains to use that sign to tell people the road is closed and save them from turning left !!!! Sort yourselves out for gods sake.,
From Wimborne just before you get to the Magna Rd junction there is an electronic traffic sign that has been telling people not to drive through standing water, 100 yards further on you were able to turn let onto the flooded Magna Road and then have to turn round and find another route. Hasn't anyone in the Council or Highways Authority got the brains to use that sign to tell people the road is closed and save them from turning left !!!! Sort yourselves out for gods sake., harrythered

4:31pm Fri 3 Jan 14

ol'bag lady says...

Turtlebay wrote:
jaysun wrote:
north dorset AFCB wrote:
The Lion of Longham, now that was a long time ago.
And Ajax the lion in Ferndown
You used Ajax on a lion? Thought it was for cleaning baths not lions.
Nah - thats Lord BATH of Longleat - bit of a tiger he is!
[quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jaysun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]north dorset AFCB[/bold] wrote: The Lion of Longham, now that was a long time ago.[/p][/quote]And Ajax the lion in Ferndown[/p][/quote]You used Ajax on a lion? Thought it was for cleaning baths not lions.[/p][/quote]Nah - thats Lord BATH of Longleat - bit of a tiger he is! ol'bag lady

9:15pm Sat 4 Jan 14

north dorset AFCB says...

I lived at Stapehill Crescent, Stapehill in the 50's we could hear Ajax having a deep roar now and again, just to let us know he was well.
Growing up then next to Wimborne Timber Company and the river Stour, with long warm summers, and the youth club every Thursday evening at Stapehill Village Hall.
Very happy times.
I lived at Stapehill Crescent, Stapehill in the 50's we could hear Ajax having a deep roar now and again, just to let us know he was well. Growing up then next to Wimborne Timber Company and the river Stour, with long warm summers, and the youth club every Thursday evening at Stapehill Village Hall. Very happy times. north dorset AFCB

9:55pm Sat 4 Jan 14

nosuchluck54 says...

north dorset AFCB wrote:
I lived at Stapehill Crescent, Stapehill in the 50's we could hear Ajax having a deep roar now and again, just to let us know he was well.
Growing up then next to Wimborne Timber Company and the river Stour, with long warm summers, and the youth club every Thursday evening at Stapehill Village Hall.
Very happy times.
Good stuff,nice memories
[quote][p][bold]north dorset AFCB[/bold] wrote: I lived at Stapehill Crescent, Stapehill in the 50's we could hear Ajax having a deep roar now and again, just to let us know he was well. Growing up then next to Wimborne Timber Company and the river Stour, with long warm summers, and the youth club every Thursday evening at Stapehill Village Hall. Very happy times.[/p][/quote]Good stuff,nice memories nosuchluck54

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