MP says Christmas flood warnings at Iford Bridge Home Park were "inadequate"

Bournemouth Echo: Iford Bridge after the Christmas deluge Iford Bridge after the Christmas deluge

AN MP is calling for answers over “insufficient” flood warnings given before people fled their homes on Christmas morning.

A total of 90 residents were evacuated from Iford Bridge Home Park at 4am on Christmas Day as the River Stour burst its banks and water was entering the site as they left.

They were evacuated again on Thursday, January 2.

And Tobias Ellwood, MP for Bournemouth East, is calling for a formal review by the Environment Agency.

Mr Ellwood told the agency in an email that many “feel that had they been given more warning, even a couple of hours, valuables in the properties could have been saved”.

Despite a reply from the Environment Agency Mr Ellwood remains “deeply concerned that there seems to have been insufficient warning”.

Mr Ellwood said some residents had offered to evacuate on Christmas Eve “but were told this was not necessary”.

He added: “Whilst the area was on 'flood alert', the lowest of the three warnings, only at 4am were residents woken to be told to evacuate immediately.

“I therefore ask for a formal review in decisions made and advice given.”

Ken Ayres and his wife Wendy, managers at the park, have also called for an inquiry.

 

ENVIRONMENT Agency officers told Tobias Ellwood a flood alert about the River Stour and a warning about the park were issued on Christmas Eve before the severe warning came at 4am on Christmas Day.

Paul Sadler and Nick Lyness, Wessex Area flood and coastal risk managers, confirmed that Wendy Ayres rang the flood incident room at around 8.20pm on Christmas Eve asking if the residents should evacuate, she was advised the severe flood warning would not be issued until sufficient resources were arranged for a safe evacuation.

The coastal risk managers added: “The rapid onset of flooding was a consequence of faster than expected travel time of the main body of water from our river gauge at Throop, upstream of Iford on the Stour, and emergence of groundwater within the park before it came over the river banks.”

They stated it was the fifth “significant event” at the site since December 1999 and said they have “long held concerns” about the “vulnerable” site.

They stated a flood plan and flood group is in place to improve preparation.

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7:41am Sat 4 Jan 14

DemonDiva says...

How did I know the MP in question would be Elwood, before I even scrolled down to read it.

He's totally absent from anything to do with anything, until he is assured of having his name and photo in the paper! A complete waste of space who wouldn't know a warning about flooding if he saw it!
How did I know the MP in question would be Elwood, before I even scrolled down to read it. He's totally absent from anything to do with anything, until he is assured of having his name and photo in the paper! A complete waste of space who wouldn't know a warning about flooding if he saw it! DemonDiva

7:54am Sat 4 Jan 14

Lord Spring says...

If he had looked out of his back window he could see the historic problem was about to reoccur , cradle marks come to mind.
If he had looked out of his back window he could see the historic problem was about to reoccur , cradle marks come to mind. Lord Spring

8:10am Sat 4 Jan 14

Hessenford says...

Do the residents really need to be told to get out in the face of flood, this site is right nest to the river stour, it has flooded on numerous occasions and anybody with an ounce of sense could see that the river was at its highest level for years, have people in this country become so blinkered that they cant recognise danger when it s about to hit them in the face.
Myself and friends have been over Iford bridge a few times leading up to Christmas and we could all tell that a flood was imminent yet residents on the site couldn't or just wanted the nanny state to tell them that there was danger.
Its about time this site was removed and sited somewhere safer.
As for Ellwood, its his government that are cutting jobs in the agency that he is complaining about, what a nutter
Do the residents really need to be told to get out in the face of flood, this site is right nest to the river stour, it has flooded on numerous occasions and anybody with an ounce of sense could see that the river was at its highest level for years, have people in this country become so blinkered that they cant recognise danger when it s about to hit them in the face. Myself and friends have been over Iford bridge a few times leading up to Christmas and we could all tell that a flood was imminent yet residents on the site couldn't or just wanted the nanny state to tell them that there was danger. Its about time this site was removed and sited somewhere safer. As for Ellwood, its his government that are cutting jobs in the agency that he is complaining about, what a nutter Hessenford

9:23am Sat 4 Jan 14

politicaltrainspotter says...

Too late Ellwood.You really got a neck on you.While people suffered over the christmas period not once did you go and see the flooding yourself over the christmas period.Now Christmas and New Year is over, you come crawling from under the stone and want publicity to show those constiuents you care.I hope 2015,they remember this and kick you out.

You'll a disgrace.
Too late Ellwood.You really got a neck on you.While people suffered over the christmas period not once did you go and see the flooding yourself over the christmas period.Now Christmas and New Year is over, you come crawling from under the stone and want publicity to show those constiuents you care.I hope 2015,they remember this and kick you out. You'll a disgrace. politicaltrainspotter

9:27am Sat 4 Jan 14

Old Colonial says...

Blame, blame, blame. But always someone else.
Blame, blame, blame. But always someone else. Old Colonial

9:43am Sat 4 Jan 14

skydriver says...

I thought the echo stated managers where advised Xmas eve to evacuate, so why did the the managers know best? They are the ones who should be accountable, stop blaming others. Managers should manage or get out and leave it to those who can.
I'm pleased to see on the news last night bournemouth council have take charge of the present situation .
I'm interested to note some people are not insured, how can this happen I would have thought this should have been compulsory, I wonder if basic 3 rd party insurance come with the site management fee.
I thought the echo stated managers where advised Xmas eve to evacuate, so why did the the managers know best? They are the ones who should be accountable, stop blaming others. Managers should manage or get out and leave it to those who can. I'm pleased to see on the news last night bournemouth council have take charge of the present situation . I'm interested to note some people are not insured, how can this happen I would have thought this should have been compulsory, I wonder if basic 3 rd party insurance come with the site management fee. skydriver

10:14am Sat 4 Jan 14

arthur1948 says...

And so is the government...
And so is the government... arthur1948

11:00am Sat 4 Jan 14

selectortone says...

Talk about jumping on the bandwagon. Ellwood is only an MP because they'd vote for a chimp if it was wearing a blue rosette in his constituency. He is less use than a chocolate fireguard.
Talk about jumping on the bandwagon. Ellwood is only an MP because they'd vote for a chimp if it was wearing a blue rosette in his constituency. He is less use than a chocolate fireguard. selectortone

1:09pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Matthew_Y says...

How fortunate it is that those residents who elected not to insure themselves against the prevailing risks, were housed in a hotel at the council’s (taxpayer’s) expense when their homes became uninhabitable. I have to pay extra for that protection on my home insurance!

This caravan park location may be suitable for a seasonal “holiday” park during the summer months, but it’s clear to almost all concerned that it is wholly unsuitable for permanent residential use.
How fortunate it is that those residents who elected not to insure themselves against the prevailing risks, were housed in a hotel at the council’s (taxpayer’s) expense when their homes became uninhabitable. I have to pay extra for that protection on my home insurance! This caravan park location may be suitable for a seasonal “holiday” park during the summer months, but it’s clear to almost all concerned that it is wholly unsuitable for permanent residential use. Matthew_Y

3:00pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Nice But Dim says...

Me Elwood jumping on the bandwagon again trying to get good publicity. He's done nothing for the local area unless it has raised his own profile. The man is an idiot. I feel really sorry for the residents who were evacuated, but Mr Elwood don't try to raise your own profile on the back of their misery.
Me Elwood jumping on the bandwagon again trying to get good publicity. He's done nothing for the local area unless it has raised his own profile. The man is an idiot. I feel really sorry for the residents who were evacuated, but Mr Elwood don't try to raise your own profile on the back of their misery. Nice But Dim

3:03pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Nice But Dim says...

VOTE HIM OUT AT THE NEXT ELECTION. ARROGANT HALF WIT
VOTE HIM OUT AT THE NEXT ELECTION. ARROGANT HALF WIT Nice But Dim

3:55pm Sat 4 Jan 14

TheDistrict says...

Mr. Ellwood, how pathetic can one be. Iford Bridge community have been warned year after year of flooding. The Local Government and Council are aware of the flooding, but what has been done to ensure the safety of these properties and the elderly people who dwell in them. Sod all in reality. And yet again, we have the councils, MPs trying to afford blame on others. I read of many warnings ahead of the floods, not only from the Environment Agencies, but from local and national weather forecasts. If you cannot help Bournemouth East Mr. Ellwood, stay out of it, and take all others with you.
Mr. Ellwood, how pathetic can one be. Iford Bridge community have been warned year after year of flooding. The Local Government and Council are aware of the flooding, but what has been done to ensure the safety of these properties and the elderly people who dwell in them. Sod all in reality. And yet again, we have the councils, MPs trying to afford blame on others. I read of many warnings ahead of the floods, not only from the Environment Agencies, but from local and national weather forecasts. If you cannot help Bournemouth East Mr. Ellwood, stay out of it, and take all others with you. TheDistrict

4:59pm Sat 4 Jan 14

stevobath says...

What do you expect from a 'Tobias'?

The morons who decide to live in an area that's ALWAYS flooded over the years are responsible. The stupidity shown is unbelievable.
A caravan park, built by a FORD near the mouth of a TIDAL river known for it's terrible flooding. Great idea.
Didn't any owners look into flooding problems? Unbelievable.
What do you expect from a 'Tobias'? The morons who decide to live in an area that's ALWAYS flooded over the years are responsible. The stupidity shown is unbelievable. A caravan park, built by a FORD near the mouth of a TIDAL river known for it's terrible flooding. Great idea. Didn't any owners look into flooding problems? Unbelievable. stevobath

6:15pm Sat 4 Jan 14

SympatheticSam says...

I wonder how much these "home" owners bragged about living next to the river during the summer.
I wonder how much these "home" owners bragged about living next to the river during the summer. SympatheticSam

8:46pm Sat 4 Jan 14

elaine191261 says...

stevobath wrote:
What do you expect from a 'Tobias'?

The morons who decide to live in an area that's ALWAYS flooded over the years are responsible. The stupidity shown is unbelievable.
A caravan park, built by a FORD near the mouth of a TIDAL river known for it's terrible flooding. Great idea.
Didn't any owners look into flooding problems? Unbelievable.
These people have them selves to blame ,my parents live by the field across the river since early 60's and were flooded in 79 ,had 4ft of water they didn't complain ,this park used to be just touring park the then owners were offered flood defences but said no due that it would spoil the view !! Then went to mobile homes ,the river has a history due to floods however big ,so why live right on top of it? And whose to pay for accommodation and anything else? Sorry no sympathy ,every year the same ,those managers aren't doing their job as owners or flood wardens ,she said herself they were warned 3 days before in the video on the echo website ,
[quote][p][bold]stevobath[/bold] wrote: What do you expect from a 'Tobias'? The morons who decide to live in an area that's ALWAYS flooded over the years are responsible. The stupidity shown is unbelievable. A caravan park, built by a FORD near the mouth of a TIDAL river known for it's terrible flooding. Great idea. Didn't any owners look into flooding problems? Unbelievable.[/p][/quote]These people have them selves to blame ,my parents live by the field across the river since early 60's and were flooded in 79 ,had 4ft of water they didn't complain ,this park used to be just touring park the then owners were offered flood defences but said no due that it would spoil the view !! Then went to mobile homes ,the river has a history due to floods however big ,so why live right on top of it? And whose to pay for accommodation and anything else? Sorry no sympathy ,every year the same ,those managers aren't doing their job as owners or flood wardens ,she said herself they were warned 3 days before in the video on the echo website , elaine191261

5:31am Mon 6 Jan 14

WTFRUON says...

I can only repeat what has already been said, the only people to blame are the people who sat on their ars* waiting for somebody else to come along and wipe it for them.
I can only repeat what has already been said, the only people to blame are the people who sat on their ars* waiting for somebody else to come along and wipe it for them. WTFRUON

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