UPDATE: Flood gates "closed" at Christchurch Harbour as Met Office issues warnings for heavy rain

Bournemouth Echo: Met Office issues warning for heavy rain on New Year's Day Met Office issues warning for heavy rain on New Year's Day

BRACE yourselves for more wet weather as New Year's Day is predicted to be a wash out.

A warning for heavy rain for Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset has been issued by the Met Office.

The warning, which is valid from 6am until 11.59pm on Wednesday, 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 mmover 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.”

The Environment Agency tweeted that they have closed the flood gates at Christchurch Harbour due to "the current weather and high tides due this weekend."

 

We have closed the flood gates at Christchurch Harbour due to the current weather and high tides due this weekend. #floodaware #ukstorm

— Environment AgencySW (@EnvAgencySW) December 31, 2013

It also issued a flood alert for Poole Harbour for high tide.  The water level was expected to reach 1.31m at 9am and 9.30pm in Poole and 1.33m at 9.30am and 9.45pm in Wareham.

 

The alert is in force for two hours following the times of high tides.

Bournemouth council is also making preparations for the extreme conditions.

Tony Williams, chief executive, said: “We have dedicated teams of council staff working closely with emergency services, agency partners and the Environment Agency to deal with any incidents that may affect our residents.

“From emergency planning through street services, social services, housing, seafront, environmental health, building control to building maintenance, there are hundreds of council workers who could be mobilised with well-rehearsed procedures in place in case of any emergencies.

“This meant over the Christmas period our staff worked through the night clearing highways, removing dangerous fallen trees, as well as dealing with the Iford flooding effectively and efficiently. We were able to minimise the risk and discomfort to the people living there, making them warm, comfortable and fed as quickly as possible.

“If anyone knows of any incidents such as trees fallings, flooding on the road, blocked drains or road diversions please do call us on 01202 451451.”

A second warning has also been issued for Friday.

The 'yellow' warning for rain is valid from 12.05am until 9pm and says: "Another spell of unsettled weather is expected on Friday with further wet and windy conditions likely across western areas in particular. Tides will be very high, and the public should be aware of the risk of flooding, particularly in coastal districts."

Heavy rain caused misery last week when hundreds of residents had to be evacuated from their homes in Bournemouth and Christchurch due to rising river levels.

Around 200 residents were evacuated from the Gladelands Caravan Park in Ferndown on Christmas Eve and residents of Iford Bridge Home Park had to leave their homes in the early hours of Christmas Day. Around 15 residents at Beaulieu Gardens Home Park in Christchurch were also evacuated.

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9:13am Tue 31 Dec 13

hooplaa says...

Who cares about new years day! Its new years eve people want to know about!!
Who cares about new years day! Its new years eve people want to know about!! hooplaa

10:51am Tue 31 Dec 13

Imaximus says...

Wow...I cant believe we are going to have winter weather in January.......
Wow...I cant believe we are going to have winter weather in January....... Imaximus

11:48am Tue 31 Dec 13

politicaltrainspotter says...

On the day of Bouremouth and the rest of the UK's biggest hangover.

Now where did i put those paracetamol ?
On the day of Bouremouth and the rest of the UK's biggest hangover. Now where did i put those paracetamol ? politicaltrainspotter

1:19pm Tue 31 Dec 13

High Treason says...

Just watched the live Sydney fireworks display. Fantastic and its not raining there.
Just watched the live Sydney fireworks display. Fantastic and its not raining there. High Treason

1:26pm Tue 31 Dec 13

ranger_bob says...

hooplaa wrote:
Who cares about new years day! Its new years eve people want to know about!!
Nope, much rather know about New Years Day as I would rather be outside walking, bird watching than suffering a hangover.
[quote][p][bold]hooplaa[/bold] wrote: Who cares about new years day! Its new years eve people want to know about!![/p][/quote]Nope, much rather know about New Years Day as I would rather be outside walking, bird watching than suffering a hangover. ranger_bob

1:51pm Tue 31 Dec 13

lymicherry says...

Can't quite see how a routine wet-winter story warrants the hysterical strap line "Weather mayhem - the worst is yet to come" in your print edition. Or is the Echo the new Daily Express?
Can't quite see how a routine wet-winter story warrants the hysterical strap line "Weather mayhem - the worst is yet to come" in your print edition. Or is the Echo the new Daily Express? lymicherry

2:34pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Sir Beachy Head says...

Fully braced here. The wife is tied to the clothesline pole just in case she blows off. I'll take her out a flask at about 8pm.
Fully braced here. The wife is tied to the clothesline pole just in case she blows off. I'll take her out a flask at about 8pm. Sir Beachy Head

3:07pm Tue 31 Dec 13

HRH of Boscombe says...

hooplaa wrote:
Who cares about new years day! Its new years eve people want to know about!!
Sounds like a perfect excuse to stay in and nurse a hangover :)
[quote][p][bold]hooplaa[/bold] wrote: Who cares about new years day! Its new years eve people want to know about!![/p][/quote]Sounds like a perfect excuse to stay in and nurse a hangover :) HRH of Boscombe

3:11pm Tue 31 Dec 13

HRH of Boscombe says...

ranger_bob wrote:
hooplaa wrote:
Who cares about new years day! Its new years eve people want to know about!!
Nope, much rather know about New Years Day as I would rather be outside walking, bird watching than suffering a hangover.
Not much chance of that now so might as well go out tonight.
.
You can still do bird watching if you go to the right clubs. You might prefer it lol
[quote][p][bold]ranger_bob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hooplaa[/bold] wrote: Who cares about new years day! Its new years eve people want to know about!![/p][/quote]Nope, much rather know about New Years Day as I would rather be outside walking, bird watching than suffering a hangover.[/p][/quote]Not much chance of that now so might as well go out tonight. . You can still do bird watching if you go to the right clubs. You might prefer it lol HRH of Boscombe

3:55pm Tue 31 Dec 13

GeorgeW64 says...

ranger_bob wrote:
hooplaa wrote:
Who cares about new years day! Its new years eve people want to know about!!
Nope, much rather know about New Years Day as I would rather be outside walking, bird watching than suffering a hangover.
I bet you're a right laugh on a night out.
[quote][p][bold]ranger_bob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hooplaa[/bold] wrote: Who cares about new years day! Its new years eve people want to know about!![/p][/quote]Nope, much rather know about New Years Day as I would rather be outside walking, bird watching than suffering a hangover.[/p][/quote]I bet you're a right laugh on a night out. GeorgeW64

4:26pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Wageslave says...

To the caravan dwellers of Iford, this time fill some sandbags before going to bed.
To the caravan dwellers of Iford, this time fill some sandbags before going to bed. Wageslave

4:50pm Tue 31 Dec 13

mikeymagic says...

Wageslave wrote:
To the caravan dwellers of Iford, this time fill some sandbags before going to bed.
Yeah, cos a few sandbags would have prevented several feet of water. You tool.
[quote][p][bold]Wageslave[/bold] wrote: To the caravan dwellers of Iford, this time fill some sandbags before going to bed.[/p][/quote]Yeah, cos a few sandbags would have prevented several feet of water. You tool. mikeymagic

6:19pm Tue 31 Dec 13

GeorgeW64 says...

Can we now close the floodgates at all major airports and ports to stop the next big flood that is more worrying than a drop of rain.
Can we now close the floodgates at all major airports and ports to stop the next big flood that is more worrying than a drop of rain. GeorgeW64

6:39pm Tue 31 Dec 13

nickynoodah says...

all this rain
and George no bath is wet between the ears.
all this rain and George no bath is wet between the ears. nickynoodah

7:55pm Tue 31 Dec 13

lionheart says...

Where are the floodgates in Christchurch Harbour?
Where are the floodgates in Christchurch Harbour? lionheart

8:18pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Turtlebay says...

Yes, where are these mythical flood gates? Never been mentioned before!
Yes, where are these mythical flood gates? Never been mentioned before! Turtlebay

8:28pm Tue 31 Dec 13

sc61 says...

Turtlebay wrote:
Yes, where are these mythical flood gates? Never been mentioned before!
I was wondering about that. Maybe the quotation marks should've been around "flood gates" rather than "closed", given the latter makes no sense anyway.
[quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: Yes, where are these mythical flood gates? Never been mentioned before![/p][/quote]I was wondering about that. Maybe the quotation marks should've been around "flood gates" rather than "closed", given the latter makes no sense anyway. sc61

8:37pm Tue 31 Dec 13

baylin says...

Can anyone tell me exactly where in Christchurch harbour the flood gates are.
Can anyone tell me exactly where in Christchurch harbour the flood gates are. baylin

8:37pm Tue 31 Dec 13

hooplaa says...

ranger_bob wrote:
hooplaa wrote:
Who cares about new years day! Its new years eve people want to know about!!
Nope, much rather know about New Years Day as I would rather be outside walking, bird watching than suffering a hangover.
On your own!
[quote][p][bold]ranger_bob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hooplaa[/bold] wrote: Who cares about new years day! Its new years eve people want to know about!![/p][/quote]Nope, much rather know about New Years Day as I would rather be outside walking, bird watching than suffering a hangover.[/p][/quote]On your own! hooplaa

9:21pm Tue 31 Dec 13

RSI says...

baylin wrote:
Can anyone tell me exactly where in Christchurch harbour the flood gates are.
I'd like to know as well!
[quote][p][bold]baylin[/bold] wrote: Can anyone tell me exactly where in Christchurch harbour the flood gates are.[/p][/quote]I'd like to know as well! RSI

9:28pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Glashen says...

RSI wrote:
baylin wrote:
Can anyone tell me exactly where in Christchurch harbour the flood gates are.
I'd like to know as well!
Christchurch quay area and near the council offices in Bridge street, we're not talking the Thames barrier just solid gates which close the gaps in the flood wall.
[quote][p][bold]RSI[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]baylin[/bold] wrote: Can anyone tell me exactly where in Christchurch harbour the flood gates are.[/p][/quote]I'd like to know as well![/p][/quote]Christchurch quay area and near the council offices in Bridge street, we're not talking the Thames barrier just solid gates which close the gaps in the flood wall. Glashen

9:46pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Mrs C. A Townend says...

My roof better not go through in this weather. It was reported a month ago, and I am still waiting. I have solar panelling up there, it will cause a mess if it goes through.
My roof better not go through in this weather. It was reported a month ago, and I am still waiting. I have solar panelling up there, it will cause a mess if it goes through. Mrs C. A Townend

10:00pm Tue 31 Dec 13

glendower2909 says...

So the flood gates are protecting council buildings. Priorities maybe a little wrong there. Sod the riff raff who pay out wages. We will keep our troughs nice and dry so we don't damage out snouts. Lol
So the flood gates are protecting council buildings. Priorities maybe a little wrong there. Sod the riff raff who pay out wages. We will keep our troughs nice and dry so we don't damage out snouts. Lol glendower2909

10:28pm Tue 31 Dec 13

wokboy60 says...

Just to help those who dont know the area , their are steel gates that can be closed in times of high risk , along the Flood Defence wall along Christchurch Quay/Quomps area and by the Civic buildings. Of necessity their are gaps in the flood wall to allow residents access to the above areas in normal times . The fact that the River has come over its banks regularly in the past few days is no longer news worthy ....so lets jazz it up a little with "Flood gates closed " stuff !!
Just to help those who dont know the area , their are steel gates that can be closed in times of high risk , along the Flood Defence wall along Christchurch Quay/Quomps area and by the Civic buildings. Of necessity their are gaps in the flood wall to allow residents access to the above areas in normal times . The fact that the River has come over its banks regularly in the past few days is no longer news worthy ....so lets jazz it up a little with "Flood gates closed " stuff !! wokboy60

10:53pm Tue 31 Dec 13

whataboutthat says...

I'm braced, very braced, extremely braced, I've never been so braced in my life. A brace or two ta ya Echo commentators to 2014 and beyond along with the choicest hacks this side of Penge working out their degree fees in the quiet oblivion that is the pie that caught fire, the wind that howls, the rain that makes things wet, snow that is cold, the odd obvious murder spun out for a month and oh, don't forget, the ads for big tellies and cheap flights. Salut!
I'm braced, very braced, extremely braced, I've never been so braced in my life. A brace or two ta ya Echo commentators to 2014 and beyond along with the choicest hacks this side of Penge working out their degree fees in the quiet oblivion that is the pie that caught fire, the wind that howls, the rain that makes things wet, snow that is cold, the odd obvious murder spun out for a month and oh, don't forget, the ads for big tellies and cheap flights. Salut! whataboutthat

7:23am Wed 1 Jan 14

Turtlebay says...

Who are you calling a Salut?
Who are you calling a Salut? Turtlebay

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