Residents evacuated from Iford Bridge Home Park as "precautionary measure" after flood warning issued

Bournemouth Echo: Flood warnings issued as more severe weather set to sweep across Dorset Flood warnings issued as more severe weather set to sweep across Dorset

RESIDENTS at Iford Bridge Home Park are being evacuated for a second time as a "precautionary measure" as more unsettled weather is expected to sweep in.

Around 90 people were rescued in dinghies at 4am on Christmas Day when the River Stour broke its banks.

The Environment Agency said in an update on their website: "Water levels in the lower Stour at Iford Bridge Home Park are rising and expected to peak at Iford between early this evening and tomorrow morning. With the uncertainty of the timing and the forecast high tides Bournemouth Borough Council are organising the evacuation of the park as a precautionary measure. Please follow instructions of the duty staff on site."

The managers of the home park called for an inquiry into the way the flooding was handled on Christmas Day as they felt they did not receive enough warning from the Environment Agency.

Site manager Wendy Ayres said: ““It’s definitely a good idea that we were evacuated as a precaution. We would much prefer to evacuate when there is still some light left rather than in the dark or the very early morning like last time.”

Bournemouth council has made arrangements for overnight accommodation for those who are unable to do so themselves.

Kim Drake, Silver Incident Lead for the Council said: “We have been able to begin the evacuation in plenty of time, with the benefit of daylight and sufficient hours to spare for residents to pack necessary belongings for a stay away from home.

“I am pleased that we have been able to mobilise staff quickly, to ensure a calm and safe site exit for the residents.”

The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings for several locations across Dorset.

Other warnings are currently in place for the Lower Stour from Sturminster Marshall to Christchurch, Lower Frome from Dorchester to East Stoke, Middle Stour from Sturminster Newton to Sturminster Marshall, Lower Frome from Dorchester to East Stoke.

The warnings are among 30 currently in place for the South West and mean flooding is expected and immediate action is required.

Emma Baker, South West Flood Executive at the Environment Agency, said: "The Environment Agency is monitoring the situation closely, working alongside partners including the Met Office and local authorities. Environment Agency teams are out on the ground making sure that flood defences are in good working order, monitoring sea levels and preparing to issue flood alerts and warnings."

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for wind, which is valid from 12.05am until 11.59pm and covers Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset.

The warning reads: "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 risks of large waves and coastal flooding."

A spokesman said: "A developing Atlantic low pressure system is expected to move northeastwards just to the west of Scotland on Friday. This will push further bands of locally heavy rain across the UK and winds will gust to around 60-70 mph over coasts and hills, locally 80 mph along some exposed Irish Sea coasts.

"Inland, gusts up to 50 mph are likely. Lowering pressure will combine with high tides around the UK coastline and bring the risk of some flooding."

Another 'yellow' warning for heavy rain and strong winds has been issued for Sunday.

 

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5:04pm Thu 2 Jan 14

SympatheticSam says...

I give it a few hours before they are moaning that they were evacuated for no reason.
I give it a few hours before they are moaning that they were evacuated for no reason. SympatheticSam

5:10pm Thu 2 Jan 14

skydriver says...

This site must have management in place , as the others wouldn't have made such a quick decision, I guess they will still want an inquiry , they may well get one, on how such silly people could manage a site with elderly folk as residence.
This site must have management in place , as the others wouldn't have made such a quick decision, I guess they will still want an inquiry , they may well get one, on how such silly people could manage a site with elderly folk as residence. skydriver

5:32pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Derf says...

Why are they worrying, the imaginary flood gates in Christchurch are closed, simply close the imaginary ones at Iford too.
Why are they worrying, the imaginary flood gates in Christchurch are closed, simply close the imaginary ones at Iford too. Derf

5:33pm Thu 2 Jan 14

muscliffman says...

'Evacuated as a precautionary measure' - no doubt this sounds very cruel but to be coldly realistic and ulitmately for their own sakes should this not read 'permanently evacuated and relocated' ?
'Evacuated as a precautionary measure' - no doubt this sounds very cruel but to be coldly realistic and ulitmately for their own sakes should this not read 'permanently evacuated and relocated' ? muscliffman

5:48pm Thu 2 Jan 14

crazybird says...

If you choose to live in a mobile home park right next door to a river that is fed by tidal waters then you take your chances. They only want an inquiry because most of them are probably daft enough to be without insurance - somebody has to pay for it and they expect us to ... tough luck I say
If you choose to live in a mobile home park right next door to a river that is fed by tidal waters then you take your chances. They only want an inquiry because most of them are probably daft enough to be without insurance - somebody has to pay for it and they expect us to ... tough luck I say crazybird

5:48pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Squars says...

Kim Drake, `Silver Incident Lead`...could there be a more risible job title? I wonder what the salary is?
Kim Drake, `Silver Incident Lead`...could there be a more risible job title? I wonder what the salary is? Squars

6:28pm Thu 2 Jan 14

MikeGB says...

Some sick comments on here from nasty people.
Some sick comments on here from nasty people. MikeGB

6:28pm Thu 2 Jan 14

alasdair1967 says...

skydriver wrote:
This site must have management in place , as the others wouldn't have made such a quick decision, I guess they will still want an inquiry , they may well get one, on how such silly people could manage a site with elderly folk as residence.
They could not manage a poo ,they blamed everyone apart from themselves for the recent evacuation
[quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: This site must have management in place , as the others wouldn't have made such a quick decision, I guess they will still want an inquiry , they may well get one, on how such silly people could manage a site with elderly folk as residence.[/p][/quote]They could not manage a poo ,they blamed everyone apart from themselves for the recent evacuation alasdair1967

6:35pm Thu 2 Jan 14

s-pb2 says...

Squars wrote:
Kim Drake, `Silver Incident Lead`...could there be a more risible job title? I wonder what the salary is?
Shes the head of Childrens Social Care. I believe this is a voluntary post with no additional salary as there are such groups in the council staffed by council volunteers who all have 'day' jobs to deal with any emergencies.
[quote][p][bold]Squars[/bold] wrote: Kim Drake, `Silver Incident Lead`...could there be a more risible job title? I wonder what the salary is?[/p][/quote]Shes the head of Childrens Social Care. I believe this is a voluntary post with no additional salary as there are such groups in the council staffed by council volunteers who all have 'day' jobs to deal with any emergencies. s-pb2

6:42pm Thu 2 Jan 14

anigel says...

Perhaps there should be an inquiry into why a site which houses elderly and in some cases housebound people is allowed to operate in such an unsuitable location
Perhaps there should be an inquiry into why a site which houses elderly and in some cases housebound people is allowed to operate in such an unsuitable location anigel

6:45pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Winton boy says...

How much does this cost the ratepayer ?
How much does this cost the ratepayer ? Winton boy

6:49pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Hessenford says...

anigel wrote:
Perhaps there should be an inquiry into why a site which houses elderly and in some cases housebound people is allowed to operate in such an unsuitable location
Its been there for years and flooded on a few occasions so its their decision to live there.
[quote][p][bold]anigel[/bold] wrote: Perhaps there should be an inquiry into why a site which houses elderly and in some cases housebound people is allowed to operate in such an unsuitable location[/p][/quote]Its been there for years and flooded on a few occasions so its their decision to live there. Hessenford

7:03pm Thu 2 Jan 14

crazybird says...

MikeGB wrote:
Some sick comments on here from nasty people.
The comments are hardly sick or from nasty people - I think most people are just asking the obvious questions that's all! Why should other people have to pay for certain people making a choice on where they live. Next people who live near trees will be asking us to go round and clear the leaves up!
[quote][p][bold]MikeGB[/bold] wrote: Some sick comments on here from nasty people.[/p][/quote]The comments are hardly sick or from nasty people - I think most people are just asking the obvious questions that's all! Why should other people have to pay for certain people making a choice on where they live. Next people who live near trees will be asking us to go round and clear the leaves up! crazybird

7:05pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Boscomite says...

"Bournemouth Borough Council are organising the evacuation"
Oh dear.
"Bournemouth Borough Council are organising the evacuation" Oh dear. Boscomite

7:19pm Thu 2 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Be nice ,th people that live under such circumstances.were probably sold the dream by some spiv
that lives in a red brick house way above the tide mark.Wish them well
Be nice ,th people that live under such circumstances.were probably sold the dream by some spiv that lives in a red brick house way above the tide mark.Wish them well kalebmoledirt

7:26pm Thu 2 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

crazybird wrote:
MikeGB wrote:
Some sick comments on here from nasty people.
The comments are hardly sick or from nasty people - I think most people are just asking the obvious questions that's all! Why should other people have to pay for certain people making a choice on where they live. Next people who live near trees will be asking us to go round and clear the leaves up!
Pompous and nasty .certain people,what Caulfication s do you have to judge the vulnerable and this that chose unwisely.
[quote][p][bold]crazybird[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MikeGB[/bold] wrote: Some sick comments on here from nasty people.[/p][/quote]The comments are hardly sick or from nasty people - I think most people are just asking the obvious questions that's all! Why should other people have to pay for certain people making a choice on where they live. Next people who live near trees will be asking us to go round and clear the leaves up![/p][/quote]Pompous and nasty .certain people,what Caulfication s do you have to judge the vulnerable and this that chose unwisely. kalebmoledirt

7:36pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Vicvic says...

these people should use their common sense and expect to have problems living in caravans near a site very well known to flood i mean really why should anyone bail them out? you make your bed and then you sleep in its life its not cruel or kind its just factual, wise up
these people should use their common sense and expect to have problems living in caravans near a site very well known to flood i mean really why should anyone bail them out? you make your bed and then you sleep in its life its not cruel or kind its just factual, wise up Vicvic

7:40pm Thu 2 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Winton boy wrote:
How much does this cost the ratepayer ?
Probably a similar budget to cleAr dog poo or clear up litter from drunks .repair smashed bus shelters .tell people to stop playing loud music .These are real people that pay rates taxes and live best they can without the benefits And pensions of the people that rescue them.Do any of them strike you as burden.Be nice
[quote][p][bold]Winton boy[/bold] wrote: How much does this cost the ratepayer ?[/p][/quote]Probably a similar budget to cleAr dog poo or clear up litter from drunks .repair smashed bus shelters .tell people to stop playing loud music .These are real people that pay rates taxes and live best they can without the benefits And pensions of the people that rescue them.Do any of them strike you as burden.Be nice kalebmoledirt

7:53pm Thu 2 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Are the emergency services consulted when dishing out licences for these sites.know that a percentage of the residents will be elderly and in no fit state to survive a disaster.much less afford the insurance.Do the council's owe theme a duty of care .
Are the emergency services consulted when dishing out licences for these sites.know that a percentage of the residents will be elderly and in no fit state to survive a disaster.much less afford the insurance.Do the council's owe theme a duty of care . kalebmoledirt

9:09pm Thu 2 Jan 14

O'Reilly says...

kalebmoledirt wrote:
Be nice ,th people that live under such circumstances.were probably sold the dream by some spiv
that lives in a red brick house way above the tide mark.Wish them well
My mother had one out Ringwood way. Try selling them..... it's a nightmare, the site owners control the sale and the seller is left with very little after 'expenses.'
[quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: Be nice ,th people that live under such circumstances.were probably sold the dream by some spiv that lives in a red brick house way above the tide mark.Wish them well[/p][/quote]My mother had one out Ringwood way. Try selling them..... it's a nightmare, the site owners control the sale and the seller is left with very little after 'expenses.' O'Reilly

9:26pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Seethebestinlife says...

1- part of owning one of these homes is that you HAVE to get insured.
2- the site managers started evacuating people before the EA advised them to.
3-the last serious flood was in 1979 since then the flood defences had held up well.
4- there is always dangers with Mother Nature !
5- people making unjust remarks are showing there true colours!
6- not one person on that site is claiming compensation, just want answers from the EA, over the lateness of their call.
1- part of owning one of these homes is that you HAVE to get insured. 2- the site managers started evacuating people before the EA advised them to. 3-the last serious flood was in 1979 since then the flood defences had held up well. 4- there is always dangers with Mother Nature ! 5- people making unjust remarks are showing there true colours! 6- not one person on that site is claiming compensation, just want answers from the EA, over the lateness of their call. Seethebestinlife

9:42pm Thu 2 Jan 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

crazybird wrote:
If you choose to live in a mobile home park right next door to a river that is fed by tidal waters then you take your chances. They only want an inquiry because most of them are probably daft enough to be without insurance - somebody has to pay for it and they expect us to ... tough luck I say
Exactly! The Environment Agency aren't their personal babysitters.
.
I wonder if the owners were so keen on their advice when setting up by the riverside that floods regularly?
[quote][p][bold]crazybird[/bold] wrote: If you choose to live in a mobile home park right next door to a river that is fed by tidal waters then you take your chances. They only want an inquiry because most of them are probably daft enough to be without insurance - somebody has to pay for it and they expect us to ... tough luck I say[/p][/quote]Exactly! The Environment Agency aren't their personal babysitters. . I wonder if the owners were so keen on their advice when setting up by the riverside that floods regularly? HRH of Boscombe

10:28pm Thu 2 Jan 14

bosco1 says...

You Choose where you live, whilst I do not wish harm or loss to those at this mobile site they should have been warned of the dangers of flooding.If....the sellers did not mention the problems then they are at fault. Its about time the solicitors selling , and buying asked the same questions "HAS THE PROPERTY EVER BEEN SUBJECT TO FLOODING.? Then its the choice of the buyer to continue buying or back out.>!
You Choose where you live, whilst I do not wish harm or loss to those at this mobile site they should have been warned of the dangers of flooding.If....the sellers did not mention the problems then they are at fault. Its about time the solicitors selling , and buying asked the same questions "HAS THE PROPERTY EVER BEEN SUBJECT TO FLOODING.? Then its the choice of the buyer to continue buying or back out.>! bosco1

11:24pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Yankee1 says...

I expect resale values will plummet. Google will let any future prospect know the truth about buying there...........
I expect resale values will plummet. Google will let any future prospect know the truth about buying there........... Yankee1

11:25pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Yankee1 says...

Question: How can the county council license a park that is flood prone?
Question: How can the county council license a park that is flood prone? Yankee1

11:38pm Thu 2 Jan 14

s-pb2 says...

Boscomite wrote:
"Bournemouth Borough Council are organising the evacuation"
Oh dear.
Why oh dear? The emergency groups are staffed by council workers from all areas of council work including carers, housing workers, parks people, social workers for adults and children. Thanks goodness they are willing to give up their time to help those going through these terrible times
[quote][p][bold]Boscomite[/bold] wrote: "Bournemouth Borough Council are organising the evacuation" Oh dear.[/p][/quote]Why oh dear? The emergency groups are staffed by council workers from all areas of council work including carers, housing workers, parks people, social workers for adults and children. Thanks goodness they are willing to give up their time to help those going through these terrible times s-pb2

1:07am Fri 3 Jan 14

GeorgeW64 says...

bosco1 wrote:
You Choose where you live, whilst I do not wish harm or loss to those at this mobile site they should have been warned of the dangers of flooding.If....the sellers did not mention the problems then they are at fault. Its about time the solicitors selling , and buying asked the same questions "HAS THE PROPERTY EVER BEEN SUBJECT TO FLOODING.? Then its the choice of the buyer to continue buying or back out.>!
Just as well we don't have any active volcanoes in this country, no doubt some fools would live there too because it would be cheap.
[quote][p][bold]bosco1[/bold] wrote: You Choose where you live, whilst I do not wish harm or loss to those at this mobile site they should have been warned of the dangers of flooding.If....the sellers did not mention the problems then they are at fault. Its about time the solicitors selling , and buying asked the same questions "HAS THE PROPERTY EVER BEEN SUBJECT TO FLOODING.? Then its the choice of the buyer to continue buying or back out.>![/p][/quote]Just as well we don't have any active volcanoes in this country, no doubt some fools would live there too because it would be cheap. GeorgeW64

8:54am Fri 3 Jan 14

skydriver says...

MikeGB wrote:
Some sick comments on here from nasty people.
No not nasty, they are facts, try pointing your comment to the site managers
[quote][p][bold]MikeGB[/bold] wrote: Some sick comments on here from nasty people.[/p][/quote]No not nasty, they are facts, try pointing your comment to the site managers skydriver

9:00am Fri 3 Jan 14

skydriver says...

Derf wrote:
Why are they worrying, the imaginary flood gates in Christchurch are closed, simply close the imaginary ones at Iford too.
The imaginary gates in Christchurch, as you refer to, are located on Bridge street next to the council offices.. I would be a good idea to get your fact before you comment. Christchurch extends past the Quomps.
The river this gate is on, is the Avon, as I'm sure your know.we have two rivers feeding into Christchurch.
[quote][p][bold]Derf[/bold] wrote: Why are they worrying, the imaginary flood gates in Christchurch are closed, simply close the imaginary ones at Iford too.[/p][/quote]The imaginary gates in Christchurch, as you refer to, are located on Bridge street next to the council offices.. I would be a good idea to get your fact before you comment. Christchurch extends past the Quomps. The river this gate is on, is the Avon, as I'm sure your know.we have two rivers feeding into Christchurch. skydriver

5:40pm Fri 3 Jan 14

stevobath says...

anigel wrote:
Perhaps there should be an inquiry into why a site which houses elderly and in some cases housebound people is allowed to operate in such an unsuitable location
Perhaps those who decide to retire to such a site need to stop moaning when it floods.
It's been flooding out on & off for 30+ years. That's what you get living on a stretch of a tidal river prone to serious flooding. Buy a houseboat instead.

It's not the site owners who need looking into, it's the OAP's who live there. Surely they must be aware of the flood risk?
[quote][p][bold]anigel[/bold] wrote: Perhaps there should be an inquiry into why a site which houses elderly and in some cases housebound people is allowed to operate in such an unsuitable location[/p][/quote]Perhaps those who decide to retire to such a site need to stop moaning when it floods. It's been flooding out on & off for 30+ years. That's what you get living on a stretch of a tidal river prone to serious flooding. Buy a houseboat instead. It's not the site owners who need looking into, it's the OAP's who live there. Surely they must be aware of the flood risk? stevobath

5:44pm Fri 3 Jan 14

stevobath says...

I forgot to add. The Environment Agency are cutting nearly 1600 jobs (due to Govt Cuts). A third of these are people who are experts in flood defences & flood prevention etc. Ironic that the news was released today!

Wonderful.
I forgot to add. The Environment Agency are cutting nearly 1600 jobs (due to Govt Cuts). A third of these are people who are experts in flood defences & flood prevention etc. Ironic that the news was released today! Wonderful. stevobath

6:44pm Fri 3 Jan 14

YInsider says...

Inside the Environment Agency Whistleblower Blog: http://www.insidethe
environmentagency.co
.uk
Inside the Environment Agency Whistleblower Blog: http://www.insidethe environmentagency.co .uk YInsider

7:51pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Boscomite says...

s-pb2 wrote:
Boscomite wrote:
"Bournemouth Borough Council are organising the evacuation"
Oh dear.
Why oh dear? The emergency groups are staffed by council workers from all areas of council work including carers, housing workers, parks people, social workers for adults and children. Thanks goodness they are willing to give up their time to help those going through these terrible times
I have a great deal of respect and admiration for these people who are willing to give up their time in order to help. I just feel that the BBC should butt out and let them get on with it.
[quote][p][bold]s-pb2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boscomite[/bold] wrote: "Bournemouth Borough Council are organising the evacuation" Oh dear.[/p][/quote]Why oh dear? The emergency groups are staffed by council workers from all areas of council work including carers, housing workers, parks people, social workers for adults and children. Thanks goodness they are willing to give up their time to help those going through these terrible times[/p][/quote]I have a great deal of respect and admiration for these people who are willing to give up their time in order to help. I just feel that the BBC should butt out and let them get on with it. Boscomite

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