UPDATE: Roads flooded and people told to stay away from coast as heavy rain and strong winds sweep across Dorset

UPDATE: Roads flooded and people told to stay away from coast as heavy rain and strong winds sweep across Dorset

The flooded Avon Causeway at Christchurch on Saturday morning

Mudeford Quay on Saturday morning

UPDATE: Roads flooded and people told to stay away from coast as heavy rain and strong winds sweep across Dorset

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PEOPLE are being advised to stay away from the coast this weekend as strong winds and heavy sweep through Dorset.

Flood warnings remain in place for several places in the west of the county, while strong winds have been buffeting the east.

The Met Office has issued warnings for wind covering the rest of Saturday and the early hours of Sunday morning. 

A number of roads were closed following heavy rain on Friday and early on Saturday. But the area escaped the worst of the storms that were buffeting the south west throughout Saturday.

However, flood warnings remain for Weymouth searont, Portland Harbour and Preston beach.

See more weather stories, pictures of the floods and advice in our weather section

Dorset County Council’s emergency planning and highways teams are working with a number of agencies to keep residents informed, roads open and facilities available if needed.

Simon Parker, the county council’s emergency planning officer, said: “We’re gearing up to make sure we are ready for this weekend’s weather. It’s also a reminder to residents to prepare, either by protecting their homes or checking travel advice before they start a journey.

“Earlier in the month we had drivers ignoring road closed signs and creating waves that flooded properties. If road users cannot avoid driving through water then take care and drive slowly.”

 

Bournemouth Echo:

 

Bournemouth Echo:

Mudeford Quay on Saturday morning. Pictures by Sally Adams.

 

Bournemouth Echo:

Iford Bridge on Saturday morning. Pictue by Sally Adams.

Christchurch Quay was flooded on Friday afternoon as was the A35 between Bakers Arms Roundabout and B3075 Morden Pk Corner at Slepe. The bottom of The Avenue at Branksome Chine was partially blocked due to flooding.

The B3065 Pinecliff Road in Poole was closed between the Beach Road junction and the Westminster Road junction, because of flooding, but was later re-opened.

Bournemouth Echo:

The bottom of The Avenue near Branksome Chine beach on Friday evening

The Environment Agency has said high winds and tides will bring an increased risk of coastal flooding along the Dorset coast this weekend.

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: “Areas at risk on Saturday and Sunday include coasts and tidal areas of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire as gales and big waves combine to cause possible overtopping of flood defences and sea walls, property flooding and travel disruption.

Bournemouth Echo:

This picture was taken by Mike Ruddick at Christchurch Quay on Friday morning.

“At the same time the risk of river flooding continues as with the ground already saturated, rivers are very responsive to rainfall. Groundwater levels also remain high in southern counties.”

Kate Marks, Environment Agency Flood Risk Manager, said: “A low pressure system combining with high tides brings a risk of coastal flooding to many parts of England later this week and over the weekend. The risk is highest for south west England and the public should stay away from the coasts and tidal areas and not drive through flood water.

“At the same time the risk of river flooding continues for the southern counties as with the ground already saturated, rivers are very responsive to rainfall. Groundwater levels also remain high in southern counties.”

Bournemouth Echo:

Picture of Christchurch Quay by Echo photographer Jon Beal

Bournemouth Echo:

Picture of Christchurch Quay by Echo photographer Jon Beal

Bournemouth Echo:

Picture of Christchurch Quay by Echo photographer Jon Beal

Bournemouth Echo:

Picture by Mike Ruddick of Christchurch Quay on Friday morning

A spokesperson for the Met Office said about the weekend forecast: “A further area of heavy rain will spread eastwards across the UK on Friday, clearing the southeast of England during the early hours of Saturday. 20-30 mm of rain will fall quite widely, with around 40 mm on some high ground in the southwest of England and south Wales. The heavy rain will be accompanied by strong to gale force winds.

The public should be aware of possible disruption, primarily due to further flooding, chiefly in areas already, or recently, affected.”

Two fire crews from Christchurch were called to rescue a motorist who had become stuck in their car in floodwater on Derritt Lane on Friday lunchtime. The road remains submerged today.

Bournemouth Echo:

Picture by Simon Rowley of the rescue at Derritt Lane in Bransgore

Uddens Drive, near Ferndown, is also closed due to flooding on the A31, with a vehicle stuck in the water.

The Met Office added: “Winds will increase on Saturday, with gusts widely to 50 to 60 mph, and perhaps to around 70 mph in exposed parts of the west and north.

“Additionally large waves could lead to over-topping along some coastlines.”

And just before 12.30pm today, the Met Office updated their warning to include ice.

The warning is valid from 11pm tonight until 11am on Saturday for areas across Dorset.

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11:46am Fri 31 Jan 14

adspacebroker says...

Good headline warning but the muppets cant help themselves, you know, those muppets that put the lives of the emergency services at risk because they want to stand on the sea wall, rocks or beach to see if they can dodge the waves and end up getting washed away, and those drivers who are attracted to flooded roads and then wonder why they get stuck and have to be rescued. After all it is only common sense isn't it!!!
Good headline warning but the muppets cant help themselves, you know, those muppets that put the lives of the emergency services at risk because they want to stand on the sea wall, rocks or beach to see if they can dodge the waves and end up getting washed away, and those drivers who are attracted to flooded roads and then wonder why they get stuck and have to be rescued. After all it is only common sense isn't it!!! adspacebroker
  • Score: 56

12:45pm Fri 31 Jan 14

suzigirl says...

So what's new then?
So what's new then? suzigirl
  • Score: -7

1:41pm Fri 31 Jan 14

live-and-let-live says...

i can and i will decide for myself whether i should go to the coast or not.
i can and i will decide for myself whether i should go to the coast or not. live-and-let-live
  • Score: -41

2:08pm Fri 31 Jan 14

RED on tour says...

live-and-let-live wrote:
i can and i will decide for myself whether i should go to the coast or not.
course you can, however, the emergency service personnel do not have that option and usually risk their lives when faced with such selfish and breathtaking stupidity
[quote][p][bold]live-and-let-live[/bold] wrote: i can and i will decide for myself whether i should go to the coast or not.[/p][/quote]course you can, however, the emergency service personnel do not have that option and usually risk their lives when faced with such selfish and breathtaking stupidity RED on tour
  • Score: 63

2:12pm Fri 31 Jan 14

craigyshere says...

Every duck has his day!
Every duck has his day! craigyshere
  • Score: 2

3:50pm Fri 31 Jan 14

bosco1 says...

live-and-let-live wrote:
i can and i will decide for myself whether i should go to the coast or not.
That a fair comment but dont expect the emergency services to help you out should you get stranded.The warnings are given for a reason, you are free to make a choice, but why should others risk their lives to help people who ignore the warnings, they have families at home who want to see them that evening.!
[quote][p][bold]live-and-let-live[/bold] wrote: i can and i will decide for myself whether i should go to the coast or not.[/p][/quote]That a fair comment but dont expect the emergency services to help you out should you get stranded.The warnings are given for a reason, you are free to make a choice, but why should others risk their lives to help people who ignore the warnings, they have families at home who want to see them that evening.! bosco1
  • Score: 45

4:00pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Hessenford says...

The nanny state is still alive and kicking.
The nanny state is still alive and kicking. Hessenford
  • Score: -21

5:36pm Fri 31 Jan 14

RED on tour says...

live-and-let-live wrote:
RED on tour wrote:
live-and-let-live wrote:
i can and i will decide for myself whether i should go to the coast or not.
course you can, however, the emergency service personnel do not have that option and usually risk their lives when faced with such selfish and breathtaking stupidity
dont get your cotton wool balls in a twist
You are without the slightest doubt a fully paid up member of the I KNOW BEST CLUB. Perhaps you should contemplate that your attitude may have consequences whereby others may have to put their lives at risk to rescue you and others of your ilk.
[quote][p][bold]live-and-let-live[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RED on tour[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]live-and-let-live[/bold] wrote: i can and i will decide for myself whether i should go to the coast or not.[/p][/quote]course you can, however, the emergency service personnel do not have that option and usually risk their lives when faced with such selfish and breathtaking stupidity[/p][/quote]dont get your cotton wool balls in a twist[/p][/quote]You are without the slightest doubt a fully paid up member of the I KNOW BEST CLUB. Perhaps you should contemplate that your attitude may have consequences whereby others may have to put their lives at risk to rescue you and others of your ilk. RED on tour
  • Score: 22

7:01pm Fri 31 Jan 14

live-and-let-live says...

RED on tour wrote:
live-and-let-live wrote:
RED on tour wrote:
live-and-let-live wrote:
i can and i will decide for myself whether i should go to the coast or not.
course you can, however, the emergency service personnel do not have that option and usually risk their lives when faced with such selfish and breathtaking stupidity
dont get your cotton wool balls in a twist
You are without the slightest doubt a fully paid up member of the I KNOW BEST CLUB. Perhaps you should contemplate that your attitude may have consequences whereby others may have to put their lives at risk to rescue you and others of your ilk.
i live ten foot from the coast. i can see it from my windows. ive never needed rescuing from my house. perhaps nanny would like me to abandon my house and move to Coventry.
[quote][p][bold]RED on tour[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]live-and-let-live[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RED on tour[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]live-and-let-live[/bold] wrote: i can and i will decide for myself whether i should go to the coast or not.[/p][/quote]course you can, however, the emergency service personnel do not have that option and usually risk their lives when faced with such selfish and breathtaking stupidity[/p][/quote]dont get your cotton wool balls in a twist[/p][/quote]You are without the slightest doubt a fully paid up member of the I KNOW BEST CLUB. Perhaps you should contemplate that your attitude may have consequences whereby others may have to put their lives at risk to rescue you and others of your ilk.[/p][/quote]i live ten foot from the coast. i can see it from my windows. ive never needed rescuing from my house. perhaps nanny would like me to abandon my house and move to Coventry. live-and-let-live
  • Score: -5

7:14pm Fri 31 Jan 14

GeorgeW64 says...

If it wasn't raining I'd go up on the cliff top to have a look.
If it wasn't raining I'd go up on the cliff top to have a look. GeorgeW64
  • Score: 6

7:17pm Fri 31 Jan 14

live-and-let-live says...

GeorgeW64 wrote:
If it wasn't raining I'd go up on the cliff top to have a look.
cant do that. nanny has told you keep away.
[quote][p][bold]GeorgeW64[/bold] wrote: If it wasn't raining I'd go up on the cliff top to have a look.[/p][/quote]cant do that. nanny has told you keep away. live-and-let-live
  • Score: -2

10:53pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Yankee1 says...

News Flash:

Hose Pipe Ban in August!

Phew! What a Scorcher!!!!!

It rains. Get over it.
News Flash: Hose Pipe Ban in August! Phew! What a Scorcher!!!!! It rains. Get over it. Yankee1
  • Score: 2

11:02pm Fri 31 Jan 14

mpo1967 says...

bosco1 wrote:
live-and-let-live wrote:
i can and i will decide for myself whether i should go to the coast or not.
That a fair comment but dont expect the emergency services to help you out should you get stranded.The warnings are given for a reason, you are free to make a choice, but why should others risk their lives to help people who ignore the warnings, they have families at home who want to see them that evening.!
Why is this country riddled with people that have to try and proove themselves right have a good laugh when they get rescued but when it goes wrong the emergency services family left behind never forget.Absolute tozzers
[quote][p][bold]bosco1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]live-and-let-live[/bold] wrote: i can and i will decide for myself whether i should go to the coast or not.[/p][/quote]That a fair comment but dont expect the emergency services to help you out should you get stranded.The warnings are given for a reason, you are free to make a choice, but why should others risk their lives to help people who ignore the warnings, they have families at home who want to see them that evening.![/p][/quote]Why is this country riddled with people that have to try and proove themselves right have a good laugh when they get rescued but when it goes wrong the emergency services family left behind never forget.Absolute tozzers mpo1967
  • Score: 2

10:06am Sat 1 Feb 14

live-and-let-live says...

well, i'm back from my walk along the beach. no lives were lost, or even put at risk. i didnt need rescuing. the worst thing was being blinded by the sun.. but thanks everyone for your concerns. i hope you stay safe under your duvets.
well, i'm back from my walk along the beach. no lives were lost, or even put at risk. i didnt need rescuing. the worst thing was being blinded by the sun.. but thanks everyone for your concerns. i hope you stay safe under your duvets. live-and-let-live
  • Score: -8

10:23am Sat 1 Feb 14

garthm49 says...

thank you live-and-let live for your wit and humour.
I almost recognise it!
thank you live-and-let live for your wit and humour. I almost recognise it! garthm49
  • Score: 1

12:46pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Isosceles says...

1245 pm.
Blue sky and brilliant sunshine outside now!
Small amount of rain earlier.
1245 pm. Blue sky and brilliant sunshine outside now! Small amount of rain earlier. Isosceles
  • Score: 3

1:00pm Sat 1 Feb 14

live-and-let-live says...

Isosceles wrote:
1245 pm.
Blue sky and brilliant sunshine outside now!
Small amount of rain earlier.
stay away from the coast all you duvet divers. the sun is blinding
[quote][p][bold]Isosceles[/bold] wrote: 1245 pm. Blue sky and brilliant sunshine outside now! Small amount of rain earlier.[/p][/quote]stay away from the coast all you duvet divers. the sun is blinding live-and-let-live
  • Score: 1

2:39pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Repo says...

Call me crazy, but I've just come back from a walk along the beach at high cliff. Outrageous, I know, I took the kids as well - I suppose I should have been working on their obesity at home instead!
Call me crazy, but I've just come back from a walk along the beach at high cliff. Outrageous, I know, I took the kids as well - I suppose I should have been working on their obesity at home instead! Repo
  • Score: 3

2:42pm Sat 1 Feb 14

scrumpyjack says...

Yankee1 wrote:
News Flash:

Hose Pipe Ban in August!

Phew! What a Scorcher!!!!!

It rains. Get over it.
I'm sure the hundreds of homeowners in the UK who have been flooded and those who are still flooded weeks later will the first to support your macho retort.

They may even offer to buy a drink for being so brave and happy that you are lucky enough not to be affected.
[quote][p][bold]Yankee1[/bold] wrote: News Flash: Hose Pipe Ban in August! Phew! What a Scorcher!!!!! It rains. Get over it.[/p][/quote]I'm sure the hundreds of homeowners in the UK who have been flooded and those who are still flooded weeks later will the first to support your macho retort. They may even offer to buy a drink for being so brave and happy that you are lucky enough not to be affected. scrumpyjack
  • Score: 1

4:18pm Sat 1 Feb 14

JohnGS says...

Bosco1. Make sure you write your will before you go and put your life at risk.
I agree you have every right to make up your own mind as to if you go to the beach or stay safe I n front of a warm fire.
If I was you I would not let any one tell or advise you on going to or staying away from the sea.
Be a man and make up your own mind.
However please leave me your computer in your will.
Best wishes
John
Bosco1. Make sure you write your will before you go and put your life at risk. I agree you have every right to make up your own mind as to if you go to the beach or stay safe I n front of a warm fire. If I was you I would not let any one tell or advise you on going to or staying away from the sea. Be a man and make up your own mind. However please leave me your computer in your will. Best wishes John JohnGS
  • Score: -5

5:16pm Sat 1 Feb 14

stevobath says...

live-and-let-live wrote:
i can and i will decide for myself whether i should go to the coast or not.
That's fair enough.
The problem is when total idiots decide to venture out 'Wave watching' etc when conditions are obviously dangerous.

Surely a bit of common sense needs to be engaged?

There are those who seem devoid of that & NEED reminding of how unforgiving nature is.
EG the idiot photographed with his toddler child, standing close to the edge of a sea wall & almost being swept out by huge waves.
Surely that is stupidity or do you think it's OK to put your' child in danger?
[quote][p][bold]live-and-let-live[/bold] wrote: i can and i will decide for myself whether i should go to the coast or not.[/p][/quote]That's fair enough. The problem is when total idiots decide to venture out 'Wave watching' etc when conditions are obviously dangerous. Surely a bit of common sense needs to be engaged? There are those who seem devoid of that & NEED reminding of how unforgiving nature is. EG the idiot photographed with his toddler child, standing close to the edge of a sea wall & almost being swept out by huge waves. Surely that is stupidity or do you think it's OK to put your' child in danger? stevobath
  • Score: 0

6:34pm Sat 1 Feb 14

nickynoodah says...

Bet that deep seated settee you got there in your bedsit
stinks alarmingly
open all the windows george
Bet that deep seated settee you got there in your bedsit stinks alarmingly open all the windows george nickynoodah
  • Score: -1

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