VIDEO: Dorset battered once again as more wet weather misery strikes after Christmas chaos (From Bournemouth Echo)
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VIDEO: Dorset battered once again as more wet weather misery strikes after Christmas chaos
DORSET has been battered by heavy rain and winds again after a brief respite from severe weather on Boxing Day.
Parts of the Avon Causeway are flooded and there is surface water on many streets and roads around Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset.
B3078 Cranborne Road Colehill, Wimborne Minster was blocked both ways earlier due to flooding
Stapehill Road, Hampreston near Ferndown is also still believed to be flooded today.
And the A341 Magna Road is blocked due to flooding between King John Avenue, Bournemouth and Arrowsmith Road, Wimborne near Canford Magna Village.
Debris from trees is also causing some blockages on the roads although there are no major delays so far this morning.
Bournemouth Council footage of Iford Bridge evacuation on Christmas Day
Water levels on the River Stour at Iford are significantly lower than Christmas Day evacuation levels and a severe flood warning from the Environment Agency for Iford Bridge Home Park and Beaulieu Garden Park Home site has been downgraded.
There are still flood warnings and alerts in place for a number of other locations across Dorset including the Lower Stour at Sturminster Marshall to Christchurch, Jumpers, Canford and Redhill, and the Middle Stour from Sturminster Newton to Sturminster Marshall and the Lower Frome from East Stoke to Wareham.
South West Trains will today run a revised timetable due to major engineering work at London Waterloo.
This work will affect services throughout the South West Trains area and all passengers should check their journey details before travelling, spokesperson said.
Trains to Weymouth will run to and from London Waterloo but make additional stops with longer journey times. Some services will start earlier than normal from London Waterloo.
An Audi which has been broken down in flood waters at Magna Road for three days
A spokesperson said: "Following the adverse weather experienced across the South of England on Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 December when over 140 trees fell and there was flooding at nine separate locations, maintenance teams have worked through Christmas Day and Boxing Day to carry out repairs.
"Most routes are now running, there has been some delay to services while routes have been re-checked for obstructions."
Motorists still trying navigate flooded Magna Road near Canford School
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning which remains in place until 9pm on Friday for heavy rain.
A spokesperson said: “Spells of rain affecting the UK late Thursday and Friday are expected to be heavy at times with 10 to 20 mm expected to fall quite widely.
“Locally in excess of 30 mm is likely over parts of Wales, Northern Ireland and southern England by mid-morning whilst more than 40 mm are expected over parts of Scotland and northern England.
“The public should be aware of the potential for disruption, especially where ground is already saturated and where high winds are combined with heavy rainfall.”
The chief forecaster said: “Another deep area of low pressure developing over the Atlantic Ocean will bring another spell of wet and windy weather across the UK as it tracks northeastwards past northwestern Britain later on Thursday and during Friday.
“Relative to recent storms that have affected the UK, Friday's depression is looking less intense and the extent of associated impacts are currently thought to be less severe. However, at this stage there remain some uncertainties concerning the track and depth of this storm and this warning will be re-assessed and updated on Boxing Day.”
Simon Parker, emergency planning officer at Dorset County Council said: “For us the majority of the problems came on Christmas Eve although Christmas Day it has impacted on the Bournemouth side.
“We were dealing with the area around Ferndown with the caravan parks on Christmas Day and managed to re-house about 30 of them but a lot of them ended up going to a local furniture store - David Phipps - before they were taken back to the day centre overnight.
“One farmer had around 130 sheep washed away down the Stour and services helped to deal with that, collecting the sheep down the River Stour.
“The rain that is forecast for Friday is going to be fairly intense, falling onto already saturated land and the effects of this could mean the situation worsens because of that.
“Where there are already swollen rivers and the ground is saturated, this could mean a repeat of what we have seen.
"It's a situation which is being closely monitored by all our staff and I would like to thank them for their efforts this week.”
Many Dorset and New Forest residents remained without power yesterday with Scottish and Southern Energy working into Boxing Day night to restore power to customers.
A spokesperson for Southern Electric Power Distribution saoid: "Teams began work at first light this morning, continuing the efforts to restore power to customers affected by the storm conditions over the Christmas period.
"Good progress is being made with all customers expected to have their electricity supplies restored by the end of today.
"There are currently 1800 homes still without electricity in rural areas where access has proved particularly challenging and working conditions in areas where existing flooding continues to hamper the restoration efforts."
Around 175 homes in the New Forest are still waiting to be reconnected and 20 in Poole.
Director of Distribution Stuart Hogarth said: "We would like to thank customers for their continued patience while our teams continue their work in these areas where homes are still without electricity.
"We are confident that electricity will be restored to these homes today and we will not stop working until every customer is reconnected. Conditions continue to be challenging for our teams, particularly in areas where flooding makes access difficult."
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