Storm and floods described as a "one-in-a-hundred years" event in some Dorset areas

Bournemouth Echo: New Road between Parley and Northbourne is flooded New Road between Parley and Northbourne is flooded

Roads remain blocked by fallen tres and flooding this morning as the Met Office warns of more heavy rain throughout Christmas Day.

New Road in Bournemouth is flooded but cars are getting through it carefully after fast-moving water across the carriageway was causing problems for motorists earlier this morning.

Longham Bridge is also closed due to flooding and there is surface water on the Avon Causeway and reports of a fallen tree.

Magna Road in Bournemouth is also closed and there are reports of flooded sewers in Sturminster Marshall also causing problems for residents.

The B3347 road between Ringwood and Christchurch was also blocked due to a fallen tree at Avon but this is now understood to be clear.

Matchams Lane is also partially closed in Christchurch due to surface water.

More than 100 residents have also been evacuated from mobile home parks overnight due to rising water levels in the Stour. 

The residents have been taken to a day centre in Boscombe due to the River Stour bursting its banks overnight.

Bournemouth Echo:

Emergency services carried out the evacuation in the early hours of this morning and many remain on scene to monitor the water levels after high tide this morning.

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The Met Office have issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rain for Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset today until 6am tomorrow.

The warning, which was put out in the early hours of Christmas Day, says further heavy showers are likely to affect southern counties of England at times during Christmas Day and into the early hours of Boxing Day.

A spokesperson said: "Following recent heavy rainfall and continuing problems with flooding in some parts of southern England, the public should remain aware of the risk of further disruption to travel.

"Showers will move inland from the English Channel at times today, some being heavy with a risk of hail and thunder.

"Most of the showers will move through fairly quickly giving no more than 2 to 5 mm of rain, but there is the possibility that they will become slow moving in narrow lines through the evening and into the early hours of Thursday, leading to a risk of 20 mm of rain falling very locally within 3 hours, mainly near English Channel coasts."

Many people in East Dorset are still homeless after Gladelands in Ferndown was evacuated on Christmas Eve.

A spokesperson for Dorset County Council said: “Council staff have been working through the night to support local people affected by the recent flooding. In some areas this has been classed as a 1 in 100 years event and the effects have been extremely serious for some.

One of our main roles has been to set up a rest centre for caravan park residents in East Dorset who've been evacuated. We have been working with Christchurch and East Dorset councils to temporarily house those affected and will continue to support throughout Christmas Day and in the coming days.

Highways teams have also been busy helping to keep our road network as clear as possible.

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7:10pm Wed 25 Dec 13

O'Reilly says...

It must be the Tribulation we here so much about .....well only if you are a Biblical scholar.
It must be the Tribulation we here so much about .....well only if you are a Biblical scholar. O'Reilly

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