Corfe Castle under water as snow returns

Bournemouth Echo: Lytchett Matravers, by Michelle Luther Lytchett Matravers, by Michelle Luther

SNOW returned to Dorset yesterday with flurries falling across the county, causing flooding and temporary road closures.

Residents in Lytchett Matravers witnessed settling flakes of snow, which left roads and pavements a white-out, as well as other rural areas across the county.

Parts of Upton were also white, causing delays to drivers, as the snow started turning to ice on the main roads.

In the early evening, traffic faced problems in Corfe Castle after a day of precipitation led to the river flooding across the A351. It left the road below the castle under water and caused problems on the Church Knowle Road as well.

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Picture via facebook.com/corfecastle

Wilts and Dorset suspended its bus service through the village, running it as a shuttle to and from Poole.

Police closed the road at the Norden roundabout and on the Swanage side of the village. There were also reports of flooding on the Wallisdown Road in Bournemouth.

Two people were rescued from their vehicles due to flooding near Corfe Castle on Tuesday evening.

Firefighters from Swanage, Wareham and the special rescue team from Poole were sent to the A351 around 5pm following reports of a person stuck in their vehicle.

On arrival crews discovered three vehicles stuck in flood water with one driver already safe.
One person was rescued by boat while another driver was led to safety.

A spokesperson for Dorset Fire and Rescue said the public should take particular care and reminded people of the dangers of driving into flood water.

However, Bournemouth and other parts of Poole seemed to miss out on the cold blast, instead receiving a deluge of rain and sleet throughout yesterday afternoon, interspersed with shorter spells of snow that failed to settle.

Following a frosty and icy night, today is expected to be another very cold day with patchy sleet and snow beginning to fade and drizzle persisting along |the coast during the afternoon. But it will remain very cold with maximum temperatures 3C (37F).

Tomorrow is forecast to be largely cloudy and staying dry with cold and icy conditions continuing and maximum temperatures 4C (39F).

On Friday, bright spells are forecast with light rain showers and the mercury rising to 5C (41F).

On Saturday more sleet is predicted with snow possibly turning to rain later and temperatures climbing to 4C (45F).

Children hoping for a repeat performance of last Friday’s shutdown are expected to be disappointed with schools likely to remain open for the remainder of this week.

Dorset resembled a winter wonderland last Friday, Saturday and Sunday, leading to mass school closures and blocked roads.

RAIN and snow started to cause some flooding last night. In the early evening, traffic faced problems in Corfe Castle after a day of precipitation led to the river flooding across the A351. It left the road below the castle under water and caused problems on the Church Knowle Road as well.

Wilts and Dorset suspended its bus service through the village, running it as a shuttle to and from Poole.

Police closed the road at the Norden roundabout and on the Swanage side of the village.
There were also reports of flooding on the Wallisdown Road in Bournemouth.

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9:54am Wed 23 Jan 13

polblagger says...

I suggest the writer looks up the correct definition of 'white-out'.
I suggest the writer looks up the correct definition of 'white-out'. polblagger

10:53am Wed 23 Jan 13

speedy231278 says...

So, the council still don't bother keeping the drains clear, and wonder why we get floods in the area whenever it rains a bit....
So, the council still don't bother keeping the drains clear, and wonder why we get floods in the area whenever it rains a bit.... speedy231278

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