UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Trees down as high winds and heavy rain hit Dorset once again

Bournemouth Echo: Fallen tree blocks A35 at Christchurch. Pic: Sally Adams Fallen tree blocks A35 at Christchurch. Pic: Sally Adams

A FALLEN tree blocked a major road in Christchurch this morning after strong winds and heavy rain hit Dorset once again.

The A35 bypass was closed heading towards Bournemouth at around 7.08am after a tree fell over on the stretch between the B3347 Stony Lane and the B3059 Purewell Cross Road roundabout and the High Street.

Traffic built up in the area and buses were also delayed.

The tree has been cleared and the road reopened at 8.42am.

In Westbourne, a huge branch toppled into Surrey Road. Police said it was reported at 9.45am. Officers were on the scene directing traffic.

Rather than staying indoors and waiting for council officials to clear the mess, residents Jin Prompim and Aaron Baly leapt into action and had the road cleared within half an hour.

Despite the rain, the couple said it was important to help.

Jin, 24, said: “We heard the tree fall.

“It made this deep sound, and we knew straight away what had happened. My car was parked out here and we came rushing down.”

Jin's car wasn't damaged during the incident.

However, a neighbour's Peugeot 206 was crushed by the heavy branch.

Aaron, 25, used a chainsaw to chop up the branch and drag it off the road, while Jin swept debris to the kerb.

“There were police here straight away, which was really great,” said Jin.

“We just thought we'd get on with it because it was blocking the entire road and we didn't want there to be an accident.”

Another warning for heavy rain for Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset has been issued for New Year's Day and is valid from 6am until 11.59pm.

This morning the road at Church Knowle in Purbeck was closed after fears of it collapsing in places. It was reopened following an inspection.

The warning reads: "Further rain, heavy at times is expected to spread quickly northeastwards across southwest and parts of southern England on Wednesday. Rainfall totals are expected to be widely 10-20 mm, but as much as 30-40 mm over some south facing coasts and hills. South or southwesterly gales with gusts 50-60 mph may also accompany the rain.

"With ground already saturated over much of this area, the public should be aware of the risk of further localised flooding.

A spokesperson from the Met Office said: "Another active Atlantic frontal system and deepening area of low pressure is expected to push northeastwards across the UK on Wednesday, followed by active troughs.

"A combination of strong winds and moist air will give locally significant rainfall accumulations especially over south-facing coasts and hills. The more persistent rain should clear eastwards later on Wednesday and overnight, but heavy showers will follow on.

 

 

 

 

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8:19am Mon 30 Dec 13

Mudefordresident says...

Your description of the location differs from BBC travel site. Please check.
Your description of the location differs from BBC travel site. Please check. Mudefordresident

8:26am Mon 30 Dec 13

Xchurch87 says...

this is a problem because the highstreet is closed for the market, even though only a handful of traders have braved the weather. I dont think the description is correct, as when i looked there seemed to be a double decker bus infront of the tree as if it had ran into it....
this is a problem because the highstreet is closed for the market, even though only a handful of traders have braved the weather. I dont think the description is correct, as when i looked there seemed to be a double decker bus infront of the tree as if it had ran into it.... Xchurch87

8:28am Mon 30 Dec 13

Xchurch87 says...

remember the buses now have no way to get through christchurch
remember the buses now have no way to get through christchurch Xchurch87

9:07am Mon 30 Dec 13

BIGTONE says...

This is the consequence of TPO's (tree preservation orders)
They are left to grow too tall / wide and neither the Council or owner are willing to spend considerable sums of money to get them pruned through the red tape.
This is the consequence of TPO's (tree preservation orders) They are left to grow too tall / wide and neither the Council or owner are willing to spend considerable sums of money to get them pruned through the red tape. BIGTONE

10:12am Mon 30 Dec 13

twynham says...

Considering the Echo transport reports regard the Fountain Roundabout as being in Purewell is it any wonder they can't get the location right!
Considering the Echo transport reports regard the Fountain Roundabout as being in Purewell is it any wonder they can't get the location right! twynham

10:16am Mon 30 Dec 13

twynham says...

BIGTONE wrote:
This is the consequence of TPO's (tree preservation orders)
They are left to grow too tall / wide and neither the Council or owner are willing to spend considerable sums of money to get them pruned through the red tape.
Hardly looks too tall or too wide; possibly something to do with saturated ground and storm force gusts maybe¿¿¿
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: This is the consequence of TPO's (tree preservation orders) They are left to grow too tall / wide and neither the Council or owner are willing to spend considerable sums of money to get them pruned through the red tape.[/p][/quote]Hardly looks too tall or too wide; possibly something to do with saturated ground and storm force gusts maybe¿¿¿ twynham

10:31am Mon 30 Dec 13

Hessenford says...

twynham wrote:
BIGTONE wrote:
This is the consequence of TPO's (tree preservation orders)
They are left to grow too tall / wide and neither the Council or owner are willing to spend considerable sums of money to get them pruned through the red tape.
Hardly looks too tall or too wide; possibly something to do with saturated ground and storm force gusts maybe¿¿¿
Perhaps its time then to have a distance limit on trees near to major roads.
[quote][p][bold]twynham[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: This is the consequence of TPO's (tree preservation orders) They are left to grow too tall / wide and neither the Council or owner are willing to spend considerable sums of money to get them pruned through the red tape.[/p][/quote]Hardly looks too tall or too wide; possibly something to do with saturated ground and storm force gusts maybe¿¿¿[/p][/quote]Perhaps its time then to have a distance limit on trees near to major roads. Hessenford

10:34am Mon 30 Dec 13

twynham says...

Hessenford wrote:
twynham wrote:
BIGTONE wrote:
This is the consequence of TPO's (tree preservation orders)
They are left to grow too tall / wide and neither the Council or owner are willing to spend considerable sums of money to get them pruned through the red tape.
Hardly looks too tall or too wide; possibly something to do with saturated ground and storm force gusts maybe¿¿¿
Perhaps its time then to have a distance limit on trees near to major roads.
Or ban wind and rain!
[quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]twynham[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: This is the consequence of TPO's (tree preservation orders) They are left to grow too tall / wide and neither the Council or owner are willing to spend considerable sums of money to get them pruned through the red tape.[/p][/quote]Hardly looks too tall or too wide; possibly something to do with saturated ground and storm force gusts maybe¿¿¿[/p][/quote]Perhaps its time then to have a distance limit on trees near to major roads.[/p][/quote]Or ban wind and rain! twynham

12:06pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Townee says...

Well done the two guys who cleared the road in 1/2 hour. No doubt the council will send a Heath and safety officer to have words with them because H&S had not done a 2 hours risk assessment before the council workers would have spent 4 hours clearing the road watched by lots of police.
WELL DONE GUYS PERHAPS YOU COULD TEACH THE COUNCIL HOW TO CLEAR A ROAD.
Well done the two guys who cleared the road in 1/2 hour. No doubt the council will send a Heath and safety officer to have words with them because H&S had not done a 2 hours risk assessment before the council workers would have spent 4 hours clearing the road watched by lots of police. WELL DONE GUYS PERHAPS YOU COULD TEACH THE COUNCIL HOW TO CLEAR A ROAD. Townee

12:20pm Mon 30 Dec 13

jaysun says...

Trees that have stood for a thousand years suddenly will fall
Trees that have stood for a thousand years suddenly will fall jaysun

1:04pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Keffect says...

Next years firewood
Next years firewood Keffect

1:39pm Mon 30 Dec 13

one-way-switch says...

Townee wrote:
Well done the two guys who cleared the road in 1/2 hour. No doubt the council will send a Heath and safety officer to have words with them because H&S had not done a 2 hours risk assessment before the council workers would have spent 4 hours clearing the road watched by lots of police.
WELL DONE GUYS PERHAPS YOU COULD TEACH THE COUNCIL HOW TO CLEAR A ROAD.
You clearly have no idea! Why would it take 4 hours? Health and Safety can be a pain but has a place. Taking shortcuts for the sake of speed and a few inconvenienced people is not a great justification. Ever seen or had a cut from a chainsaw? If they can cut wood as quick as they do what will it do to your flesh?

What no one has said or asked is, is it a council tree or Private?
[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: Well done the two guys who cleared the road in 1/2 hour. No doubt the council will send a Heath and safety officer to have words with them because H&S had not done a 2 hours risk assessment before the council workers would have spent 4 hours clearing the road watched by lots of police. WELL DONE GUYS PERHAPS YOU COULD TEACH THE COUNCIL HOW TO CLEAR A ROAD.[/p][/quote]You clearly have no idea! Why would it take 4 hours? Health and Safety can be a pain but has a place. Taking shortcuts for the sake of speed and a few inconvenienced people is not a great justification. Ever seen or had a cut from a chainsaw? If they can cut wood as quick as they do what will it do to your flesh? What no one has said or asked is, is it a council tree or Private? one-way-switch

3:10pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Hessenford says...

twynham wrote:
Hessenford wrote:
twynham wrote:
BIGTONE wrote:
This is the consequence of TPO's (tree preservation orders)
They are left to grow too tall / wide and neither the Council or owner are willing to spend considerable sums of money to get them pruned through the red tape.
Hardly looks too tall or too wide; possibly something to do with saturated ground and storm force gusts maybe¿¿¿
Perhaps its time then to have a distance limit on trees near to major roads.
Or ban wind and rain!
I'll go with that.
[quote][p][bold]twynham[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]twynham[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: This is the consequence of TPO's (tree preservation orders) They are left to grow too tall / wide and neither the Council or owner are willing to spend considerable sums of money to get them pruned through the red tape.[/p][/quote]Hardly looks too tall or too wide; possibly something to do with saturated ground and storm force gusts maybe¿¿¿[/p][/quote]Perhaps its time then to have a distance limit on trees near to major roads.[/p][/quote]Or ban wind and rain![/p][/quote]I'll go with that. Hessenford

3:54pm Mon 30 Dec 13

scrumpyjack says...

one-way-switch wrote:
Townee wrote: Well done the two guys who cleared the road in 1/2 hour. No doubt the council will send a Heath and safety officer to have words with them because H&S had not done a 2 hours risk assessment before the council workers would have spent 4 hours clearing the road watched by lots of police. WELL DONE GUYS PERHAPS YOU COULD TEACH THE COUNCIL HOW TO CLEAR A ROAD.
You clearly have no idea! Why would it take 4 hours? Health and Safety can be a pain but has a place. Taking shortcuts for the sake of speed and a few inconvenienced people is not a great justification. Ever seen or had a cut from a chainsaw? If they can cut wood as quick as they do what will it do to your flesh? What no one has said or asked is, is it a council tree or Private?
Some people are just born to have fun eh?

bet you're a riot at parties.
[quote][p][bold]one-way-switch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: Well done the two guys who cleared the road in 1/2 hour. No doubt the council will send a Heath and safety officer to have words with them because H&S had not done a 2 hours risk assessment before the council workers would have spent 4 hours clearing the road watched by lots of police. WELL DONE GUYS PERHAPS YOU COULD TEACH THE COUNCIL HOW TO CLEAR A ROAD.[/p][/quote]You clearly have no idea! Why would it take 4 hours? Health and Safety can be a pain but has a place. Taking shortcuts for the sake of speed and a few inconvenienced people is not a great justification. Ever seen or had a cut from a chainsaw? If they can cut wood as quick as they do what will it do to your flesh? What no one has said or asked is, is it a council tree or Private?[/p][/quote]Some people are just born to have fun eh? bet you're a riot at parties. scrumpyjack

6:03pm Mon 30 Dec 13

BIGTONE says...

twynham wrote:
BIGTONE wrote:
This is the consequence of TPO's (tree preservation orders)
They are left to grow too tall / wide and neither the Council or owner are willing to spend considerable sums of money to get them pruned through the red tape.
Hardly looks too tall or too wide; possibly something to do with saturated ground and storm force gusts maybe¿¿¿
Well what else apart from wind resistance has brought them down then?
[quote][p][bold]twynham[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: This is the consequence of TPO's (tree preservation orders) They are left to grow too tall / wide and neither the Council or owner are willing to spend considerable sums of money to get them pruned through the red tape.[/p][/quote]Hardly looks too tall or too wide; possibly something to do with saturated ground and storm force gusts maybe¿¿¿[/p][/quote]Well what else apart from wind resistance has brought them down then? BIGTONE

6:07pm Mon 30 Dec 13

BIGTONE says...

BIGTONE wrote:
twynham wrote:
BIGTONE wrote:
This is the consequence of TPO's (tree preservation orders)
They are left to grow too tall / wide and neither the Council or owner are willing to spend considerable sums of money to get them pruned through the red tape.
Hardly looks too tall or too wide; possibly something to do with saturated ground and storm force gusts maybe¿¿¿
Well what else apart from wind resistance has brought them down then?
And what causes storm gusts to grip the tree and bring it down?

Oh......

Maybe the height or the width like my first post states.


I wish you retards would stop mumbling via the forum.
It makes you look more of a Dorset Dummy than you are.
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]twynham[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: This is the consequence of TPO's (tree preservation orders) They are left to grow too tall / wide and neither the Council or owner are willing to spend considerable sums of money to get them pruned through the red tape.[/p][/quote]Hardly looks too tall or too wide; possibly something to do with saturated ground and storm force gusts maybe¿¿¿[/p][/quote]Well what else apart from wind resistance has brought them down then?[/p][/quote]And what causes storm gusts to grip the tree and bring it down? Oh...... Maybe the height or the width like my first post states. I wish you retards would stop mumbling via the forum. It makes you look more of a Dorset Dummy than you are. BIGTONE

6:42pm Mon 30 Dec 13

EAInsider says...

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10:44pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Yankee1 says...

25c and still able to read this on my patio at 5.45 p.m.

Ah, well, Dorset can be lovely sometimes.........

Just not this time of year.
25c and still able to read this on my patio at 5.45 p.m. Ah, well, Dorset can be lovely sometimes......... Just not this time of year. Yankee1

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