‘We still don’t know why Iford Bridge home park flooded so quickly’ say experts

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EXPERTS are still trying to establish why Bournemouth’s Iford Bridge mobile home park was flooded so quickly and so dramatically at Christmas.

A meeting heard the town had experienced one of its wettest Decembers ever – but that practically all the rain fell in the last two weeks.

Matthew Boon, team leader for partnerships and strategy at the Environment Agency in the south west, said high water levels at several Dorset rivers came together to cause problems.

But he said the agency was still looking at why Iford Bridge flooded in a very short time.

“Why was the onset of flooding so quick at Iford? We don’t know why that is and we’re looking into it,” he said. He expected to have more information in February.

The meeting heard Littledown and Iford councillor Lawrence Williams call for measures to protect Iford Bridge Home Park.

“From the residents’ point of view, they need some sort of reassurance that they’re safe on a long-term basis,” he said.

The meeting heard Bournemouth saw twice as much rain as normal in December, making it the third wettest December since 1975.

But Paul Ambrose, drainage and flooding manager for Bournemouth Borough Council, said: “All the rain fell in the last two weeks of December.”

Between 3.23am on December 23 and 1.38am on December 24, there was 50.6mm of rainfall.

But the rate of rainfall never exceeded 5mm an hour – and the town’s rainfall gauges have alarms set to sound 7mm an hour.

Mr Ambrose said: “We never really had any intensive rainfall – it just kept raining.”

He said Holdenhurst Village had been well protected by its flood bank. “If that flood bank hadn’t been there, most of Holdenhurst Village would be under 18 inches of water,” he added.

Cllr John Trickett said the town should be prepared for more flooding. “It may even get worse so we have to be very mindful of what we can do to mitigate the effect of surface water flooding in the urban areas.

“The thing with park homes is always going to be with us if park homes are located where they are and we haven’t got systems to spread the water far upstream.”

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7:06am Tue 21 Jan 14

Derf says...

Ummm... A flood bank at Holdenhurst simply moves more water downstream. A very large volume of water heading downstream is going to want to go straight on if it meets a load of tidal water coming upstream at a right angled left hand bend near the tidal limit.
Hardly rocket science!
Ummm... A flood bank at Holdenhurst simply moves more water downstream. A very large volume of water heading downstream is going to want to go straight on if it meets a load of tidal water coming upstream at a right angled left hand bend near the tidal limit. Hardly rocket science! Derf

7:25am Tue 21 Jan 14

the_baron1 says...

Simple ! It is situated right next to a river that floods!!!!!!!!!!
Simple ! It is situated right next to a river that floods!!!!!!!!!! the_baron1

7:37am Tue 21 Jan 14

Lord Spring says...

As my old mate Bill Shakespeare said "Time and Tide wait for no man"
As my old mate Bill Shakespeare said "Time and Tide wait for no man" Lord Spring

7:43am Tue 21 Jan 14

skydriver says...

What sort of experts are these people, the homes near the site are high above the water, just goes to prove its a flood plan, surely not that difficult.
Therefor not suitable for a mobile home park. The council mucked up long ago allowing it to used as a home park........nowhere else in the local area was as badly effected. Simple move the mobile home park.
What sort of experts are these people, the homes near the site are high above the water, just goes to prove its a flood plan, surely not that difficult. Therefor not suitable for a mobile home park. The council mucked up long ago allowing it to used as a home park........nowhere else in the local area was as badly effected. Simple move the mobile home park. skydriver

7:47am Tue 21 Jan 14

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

Loss of flood plains upstream? One reason locally for this, pointed out many years ago, is the straightening of the river and loss of the mill pool at Throop.

Experts?
Always be weary of anyone who refers to themselves as an expert.
'Ex' is a 'has been', 'spurt' is a drip under pressure.
Loss of flood plains upstream? One reason locally for this, pointed out many years ago, is the straightening of the river and loss of the mill pool at Throop. Experts? Always be weary of anyone who refers to themselves as an expert. 'Ex' is a 'has been', 'spurt' is a drip under pressure. The-Bleeding-Obvious

9:02am Tue 21 Jan 14

wokboy60 says...

Just possibly a lot less time at the keyboard doing "computer modelling of flooding scenarios" Mr Expert and a bit more time out and about and using the MK 1 eyeball ......!! You will never beat the River , it has a thing called a Flood Plain for a VERY good reason and if you think YOU can stop it going on to it ......you have not learnt the lesson that King Canute tried to demonstrate over a thousand years ago .! If you think the recent rainfall was some thing unique ,go and talk to some of the older residents of the area and as they can tell you ..." you aint seen nothing yet !!" Iford Park was put in the wrong place and the Residents and the Management should be VERY firmly reminded of that , and they should NOT be allowed, as they did after the last water ingress ( 1979/82 ?) , to move the Mobile homes EVEN closer to the edge of the River !!! ( More profit ! ) Their has been some utterly ridiculous pronouncements during this recent event, most of it coming from the politically motivated Environment Agency and its fresh faced "Experts " and it would do well for one of our local MP's to start asking some questions about the Agency's scandalous waste of public money !!
Just possibly a lot less time at the keyboard doing "computer modelling of flooding scenarios" Mr Expert and a bit more time out and about and using the MK 1 eyeball ......!! You will never beat the River , it has a thing called a Flood Plain for a VERY good reason and if you think YOU can stop it going on to it ......you have not learnt the lesson that King Canute tried to demonstrate over a thousand years ago .! If you think the recent rainfall was some thing unique ,go and talk to some of the older residents of the area and as they can tell you ..." you aint seen nothing yet !!" Iford Park was put in the wrong place and the Residents and the Management should be VERY firmly reminded of that , and they should NOT be allowed, as they did after the last water ingress ( 1979/82 ?) , to move the Mobile homes EVEN closer to the edge of the River !!! ( More profit ! ) Their has been some utterly ridiculous pronouncements during this recent event, most of it coming from the politically motivated Environment Agency and its fresh faced "Experts " and it would do well for one of our local MP's to start asking some questions about the Agency's scandalous waste of public money !! wokboy60

10:01am Tue 21 Jan 14

Redgolfer says...

The-Bleeding-Obvious wrote:
Loss of flood plains upstream? One reason locally for this, pointed out many years ago, is the straightening of the river and loss of the mill pool at Throop.

Experts?
Always be weary of anyone who refers to themselves as an expert.
'Ex' is a 'has been', 'spurt' is a drip under pressure.
As my old dad was assistant river bailiff on that very stretch of river, prior to 1966, The-Bleeding-Obvious is quite right in what he states because prior to taking Throop Mill out of the river system, there was NEVER any flooding of the caravan park, it all use to flood in the fields above Longham all the way up to Blanford, straighten the river, volume of water hits neap tide, bingo where does it flood first, it ain't rocket science.
[quote][p][bold]The-Bleeding-Obvious[/bold] wrote: Loss of flood plains upstream? One reason locally for this, pointed out many years ago, is the straightening of the river and loss of the mill pool at Throop. Experts? Always be weary of anyone who refers to themselves as an expert. 'Ex' is a 'has been', 'spurt' is a drip under pressure.[/p][/quote]As my old dad was assistant river bailiff on that very stretch of river, prior to 1966, The-Bleeding-Obvious is quite right in what he states because prior to taking Throop Mill out of the river system, there was NEVER any flooding of the caravan park, it all use to flood in the fields above Longham all the way up to Blanford, straighten the river, volume of water hits neap tide, bingo where does it flood first, it ain't rocket science. Redgolfer

10:42am Tue 21 Jan 14

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

Redgolfer wrote:
The-Bleeding-Obvious wrote:
Loss of flood plains upstream? One reason locally for this, pointed out many years ago, is the straightening of the river and loss of the mill pool at Throop.

Experts?
Always be weary of anyone who refers to themselves as an expert.
'Ex' is a 'has been', 'spurt' is a drip under pressure.
As my old dad was assistant river bailiff on that very stretch of river, prior to 1966, The-Bleeding-Obvious is quite right in what he states because prior to taking Throop Mill out of the river system, there was NEVER any flooding of the caravan park, it all use to flood in the fields above Longham all the way up to Blanford, straighten the river, volume of water hits neap tide, bingo where does it flood first, it ain't rocket science.
I remember the fields at Longham being flooded and Millams lane being under water when it was a thoroughfare from Kinson to Longham bridge. Doesn't happen now because of the land being raised due to the municipal tip.
[quote][p][bold]Redgolfer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The-Bleeding-Obvious[/bold] wrote: Loss of flood plains upstream? One reason locally for this, pointed out many years ago, is the straightening of the river and loss of the mill pool at Throop. Experts? Always be weary of anyone who refers to themselves as an expert. 'Ex' is a 'has been', 'spurt' is a drip under pressure.[/p][/quote]As my old dad was assistant river bailiff on that very stretch of river, prior to 1966, The-Bleeding-Obvious is quite right in what he states because prior to taking Throop Mill out of the river system, there was NEVER any flooding of the caravan park, it all use to flood in the fields above Longham all the way up to Blanford, straighten the river, volume of water hits neap tide, bingo where does it flood first, it ain't rocket science.[/p][/quote]I remember the fields at Longham being flooded and Millams lane being under water when it was a thoroughfare from Kinson to Longham bridge. Doesn't happen now because of the land being raised due to the municipal tip. The-Bleeding-Obvious

11:34am Tue 21 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

‘We still don’t know why Iford Bridge home park flooded so quickly’ say experts....

Rain?

you know
‘We still don’t know why Iford Bridge home park flooded so quickly’ say experts.... Rain? you know nickynoodah

11:36am Tue 21 Jan 14

John T says...

Expert says 'he expects to have more information in February'.

Yes, by then Iford Bridge home park will probably have flooded at least once more!
Expert says 'he expects to have more information in February'. Yes, by then Iford Bridge home park will probably have flooded at least once more! John T

1:07pm Tue 21 Jan 14

speedy231278 says...

Simple answer. It's is because it is on a floodplain, with inadequate defences and incompetent management, whose flood plan is simply to do nothing in the face of the bleedin' obvious until far too late then get sorted out by the emergency services.
Simple answer. It's is because it is on a floodplain, with inadequate defences and incompetent management, whose flood plan is simply to do nothing in the face of the bleedin' obvious until far too late then get sorted out by the emergency services. speedy231278

1:43pm Tue 21 Jan 14

oy@Bmth says...

How much of an effect did the dredging in October & November and the building up of the bank on the other side of the river by the OLD bridge do to cause funnel the water into the Park rather than the old flood plane on the other side of the river in front of the Caravan / Motorhome showroom ????
How much of an effect did the dredging in October & November and the building up of the bank on the other side of the river by the OLD bridge do to cause funnel the water into the Park rather than the old flood plane on the other side of the river in front of the Caravan / Motorhome showroom ???? oy@Bmth

6:35am Wed 22 Jan 14

Phixer says...

Demolish the Mudeford beach huts to allow the Avon and Stour to drain quicker.

Demolish the Mudeford beach huts to allow the Avon and Stour to drain quicker. [standing back to wait for the fireworks to start!] Phixer

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