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Rain lashes Dorset again as roads flood and a crash blocks the Upton Bypass
Updated 9:14am Sunday 5th January 2014 in News
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- Rain returns to Dorset again - roads affected
- A severe flood warning remains in place for Iford Bridge Home Park, meaning there is a "danger to life"
- Evacuees of Iford Bridge Home Park have been advised that they will not be allowed to return home after the weekend
- A number of other flood warnings are in place across Dorset
- All football & rugby matches on Bournemouth parks this weekend have been called off due to waterlogged pitches
- The Met Office has issued yellow 'be aware' warnings for heavy rain today from 9am until 2pm and Sunday from 9am until 11.59pm
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The A337 Lyndhurst Road at Brockenhurst is closed both ways due to a three-car accident. The crash happened at 5.15pm between B3055 Balmer Lawn Road and A35 Gosport Lane. The road could be closed for several hours.
@bournemouthecho There is black ice on some side roads tonight. Bikers go careful.— @MrskirstyHoll 04 January 2014
We're happy to receive photographs of the adverse weather conditions in Dorset - however, please ensure you're not putting yourself or others at risk
Severe flood warning for Iford no longer in place on Environment Agency website.
However, it's still on the list of warning sites as flooding is expected.
This is the most up-to-date info:
@ChrisMcKirgan no boat hire today, their hut is flooded...#christchurch #UKStorm http://t.co/k2BIEQn4QE— @StevenDawe_UK 04 January 2014
According to Wikipedia, goose barnacles are "filter-feeding crustaceans that live attached to hard surfaces of rocks and flotsam in the ocean intertidal zone".
They are frequently found on tidewrack on exposed or moderately exposed coasts
I've been contacted by Miles King, an independent conservation expert, who knows more about the strange object that washed up on the beach today:
@Winter_Alex goose barnacles Alex - they are an expensive delicacy in Spain. http://t.co/EIerT8qgfS— @MilesKing10 04 January 2014
We've been sent this photo of Roy Barker and Anthony Sheen who say they're "making the most of the flood in Ringwood":
We've been sent this photo by Malcolm Matthew - it's washed up on the beach near the Harvester at Durley Chine.
He's asked if anyone can identify it and I've got absolutely no idea at all. Any ideas?
Here's a closer image (which is giving me the shivers for some reason):
Following the images taken of the man at Swanage Pier, an RNLI spokesman made the following comment. "After the tragic deaths of two people swept out to sea in two incidents over the past few days, and with more windy weather forecast, please take extra care if you’re going down to the coast.
“In particular avoid exposed places where big waves can knock you off your feet.”
These photos of the horses being rescued from the flooded field were taken by photographer Corin Messer:
Boat just returning to shore now. Many very very concerned about horses have turned out to witness this. http://t.co/19pnFCNtZf— @KatieDailyEcho 04 January 2014
This photo was Tweeted by Andy Lyons of Swanage RNLI. It was taken at Swanage and we'd like to emphasise that this isn't a good idea at all:
Line between Brockenhurst and Bournemouth has reopened fully but due to speed restrictions delays will continue to trains Dorset to London.— @DorsetTransport 04 January 2014
Coastal paths and promenades are still dangerous, large waves can sweep you out to sea. Please stay away from the shoreline.— @EnvAgencySW 04 January 2014
Great news from Burton - seven horses are currently being rescued. Reporter Katie is there now:
Horses being rescued at Stony Lane, Burton. Lots of people here. RSPCA Teams and police. http://t.co/kSHSDQc5lS— @KatieDailyEcho 04 January 2014
I promise not to just keep blogging Richard's pictures - this is the last one, but too good not to share:
And a rainbow over Bournemouth Pier. Great end to a very wet day. @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/oX4Qzz1E3K— @RichardBmthEcho 04 January 2014
Another beautiful shot by photographer Richard Crease:
An array of colour over Poole Bay @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/yaDpw6BNGz— @RichardBmthEcho 04 January 2014
Trains are able to run between Bournemouth and Brockenhurst now but not in the opposite direction.— @DorsetTransport 04 January 2014
Sounds like it's turning into a gorgeous evening out there after all this rain:
Stunning sunset over the bay after all the black clouds. Amazing. @Bournemouthecho #sunsets http://t.co/V8L5tYJU8Z— @RichardBmthEcho 04 January 2014
#Southbourne #sunset #bournemouth, would have been a lovely afternoon for football....#afcb http://t.co/K8zBz6DvJZ— @geoffzzzzzz 04 January 2014
The RSPCA is still battling to free seven horses trapped on a flooded field in Christchurch, we believe.
We've had a lot of calls and emails during the day about the animals, who are on a field in Stony Lane, Christchurch.
The RSPCA have released an official statement which says: "We can understand the public's desire help the horses, but RSPCA and police are urging people not to attempt this as there is a significant risk to human life in doing so.
"This is a very dangerous situation and one of the hardest type of rescues the RSPCA undertake. The horses are wild and uncooperative, there is a fast flowing river next to the field and the field is flooded.
"The RSPCA managed to drive the horses to a small patch of dry land yesterday, with a view to moving them today (Saturday) to safety. Sadly, the horses became spooked by a number of people who wanted to help, and have since been driven back into the higher water.
"Due to these worsening conditions the RSPCA has deployed an 11- strong team of specially trained water rescuers, who will attempt to corral the horses to safer ground.
"We understand - and share - people's passion in wanting to protect these horses and would like to assure people once again that we are doing all we can to help.
"We would urge the public to stay away from the site, as conditions are very dangerous and could spook the horses further. We would like to thank people for their understanding and patience while this dangerous rescue is carried out."
Reporter Arron Hendy drove through the Bakers Arms Roundabout around 20 minutes ago.
He said it's very slow with lots of drivers unsure if they can go through the water
RT @jurassiccoastin: Slow through Bakers Arms roundabout due to lots of water but passable http://t.co/IugFAm7fa1— @BelaidiR 04 January 2014
@Bournemouthecho just got back to poole from Weymouth. Bits of A35 near Bloxworth covered in water but passable.— @ArronEcho 04 January 2014
Lunch time today @mudefordferry @SallyDailyEcho @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/jWeOZbDZsn— @Matt_Pinner 04 January 2014
This photo was taken by Robin Boultwood in Swanage. It shows that beach huts have been washed away by the sea at North Beach
The traffic lights at the junction of the A351 Sandford Road with Organford Road in Wareham are now working again
Dorset Police, Mudeford Lifeboat, Southbourne Mobile Coastguard and lifeguards were called to an incident on Boscombe Pier concerning a man who threatened to jump off this afternoon.
This man is now safe and being helped by police officers
We have closed the tidal doors at #Lymington Town Quay today due to the forecast high tide #Hants #floodaware http://t.co/sfkYMGSnzr— @EnvAgencySE 04 January 2014
The churchyard under water in Charminster. East hill & rd past church closed. Almost across Nth St by Higher Chmster. http://t.co/ItQk9jOxjS— @KeirFrancis 04 January 2014
The railway between Brockenhurst and Bournemouth is CLOSED due to flooding. Trains to/from South Dorset disrupted.— @DorsetTransport 04 January 2014
Not much trade for The Bakers Arms Pub today I think! http://t.co/UADdut5Cbe— @jurassiccoastin 04 January 2014
Upton Bypass has reopened - it is passable in both directions with extreme caution:
#A35 Upton Bypass passable both directions with extreme caution - Bakers Arms Rbt to #A350 will have nearside Lane closures due to flooding.— @TravelDorset 04 January 2014
South causeway (Wareham to Stoborough) closed again due to flooding.— @WarehamDorset 04 January 2014
Clenston Road, Winterborne Stickland #dorset #floods @EnvAgencySW @Bournemouthecho @BlandfordSNT http://t.co/8dBLdpWnhq— @dorsetmark 04 January 2014
Spotted by one of our guys on his way to work. This is why it's not safe to drive through flood water. #floodaware http://t.co/obqbJ0xjpK— @EnvAgencySW 04 January 2014
Dorset Police have just issued this statement:
"Dorset Police, together with partner agencies, are advising the communities of Dorset of the current situation with regards to floods for the weekend of Saturday 4 January and Sunday 5 January 2014.
This is a multi-agency operation and follows monitoring of river and sea levels over the last 24 hour period, the weather forecast indicating further severe weather together with predicted high tides.
At this time of adverse weather and severe flooding Dorset Police and partners issue the following strong advice:
• Coastal areas are very dangerous at present – do not visit for sightseeing or to observe the waves
• Tides and winds are very strong – do not paddle in the sea and or go out to sea unnecessarily
• River currents are very strong and conditions surrounding the rivers are unstable – do not visit unnecessarily or attempt to go into the water
• Do not ignore road closure signs
West Bay - Bridport
A flood alert remains in place for this area.
Portland and Chiswell
A flood warning remains in place for this area which has been downgraded from a severe flood warning.
Portland Beach Road remains open at this time and is being closely monitored by the police and local authority. Should this road become impassable, a diversion route will be put in place to try and maintain vehicular access to the island.
A flood alert is in place for this area for Saturday 4 January and Sunday 5 January.
There is a flood alert for this area.
A flood alert remains in place for Poole harbour.
A severe flood warning has been issued by the Environment Agency. This area is being carefully monitored and the alert may be downgraded however the situation is very changeable with further rain being forecast.
The flood warning remains in place for Christchurch harbour, including Wick.
This river has burst its banks at Charmouth and some flooding has occurred at the Dolphin River Caravan Park.
There is a further risk of flooding in the area around the Stour on Sunday due to the forecast for heavy rain.
There are currently 16 flood alerts in place across Dorset relating to rivers.
All areas are being closely monitored by the Environment Agency, Dorset Police and partners."
@Bournemouthecho @BBCSouthNews Cars using pavements http://t.co/gaYXt97PnH— @michemitchell 04 January 2014
#dorsetgrit - we will be out gritting parts of the county at midnight tonight http://t.co/PxIFQm2jY1— @TravelDorset 04 January 2014
The Coastguard has been tasked to one rescue this afternoon, although in the end it wasn't necessary.
A member of the public called to report a jet skier in trouble at Mudeford.
However, fortunately the person was absolutely fine and was "within his capabilities"
A spokesperson from the Portland Coastguard has warned everyone to keep away from the coastline while the weather is so grotty.
He said: "The wind has dropped a bit now this afternoon, but the sea is still very rough, and the weather is due to get worse again tomorrow.
"While it's like this, we'd urge people to be aware of the dangers and stay away from the coast."
He added: "I can understand why people want to see the impact the weather is having on the coastline, but the price of this curiosity can be colossal."
We've been contacted by someone who is asking us to remind everyone sending in photographs of the dangers of being near the coastline when the weather's like this.
That's absolutely right - it's grim out there, so please stay safe everyone!
RT @willcharlton96: Bournemouth know how to rub it in! http://t.co/paN4So1NoV— @Frosty_Potter89 04 January 2014
On the bright side.. We're in the 4th round draw! #afcb #FACup— @stuplummerr 04 January 2014
Bad news for AFCB fans - game has been called off because of the bad weather.
There were three pitch inspections over the course of the afternoon before it was cancelled according to fans
This hopefully won't be a long-term closure apparently - I understand police and the council looking to have the route open as soon as possible
So here's the latest on the bypass closure - the road is closed westbound only at the moment between the Upton sliproad and the Bakers Arms Roundabout.
Eastbound carriageway currently passable, but only with extreme care, so take it very slowly!
With all the #Floods & #RoadClosures around #Bournemouth, #Poole & #Dorset, why doesn't everyone just stay home Safe. #takeCareOutThere.— @CllrElaine 04 January 2014
The local authority will assess Upton Bypass before it can be reopened. If it's deemed to be dangerous because of the standing water, it'll stay closed.
However, police are on the scene and a diversion is in place
It's still raining hard at Dean Court - seems like match may yet be called off
Here's video from Sal of the flooding at the Bridge House Hotel in Longham:
The council has just tweeted that as a result of the Upton Bypass closure, there are delays through Lytchett Minster towards the Bakers Arms Roundabout
@Bournemouthecho where's the sand at sandbanks? #sandbanksprom http://t.co/b0y8xVXRi9— @lespick1 04 January 2014
Michelle says that floods in the Hightown and Crow area of Ringwood have closed roads to the A31
These pics are from Michelle Mitchell in Ringwood. She says cars are driving on pavements because roads are flooded.
This is Hightown Road and Gardens:
Here's Eastfield Lane:
Reporter Jim Durkin says there is significant standing water on both lanes, eastbound, of the A35 between the Bakers Arms Roundabout and Poole.
High water levels at The Bridge House citylodge in Longham @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/51stvH9egD— @SallyDailyEcho 04 January 2014
Oh no! Awful news
@Bournemouthecho Elm Tree pub also flooded & being pumped out. #hightown #Ringwood http://t.co/4EbBLWxR5n— @KrisPhoto 04 January 2014
@Bournemouthecho always one on a bike #floods http://t.co/9bvxvCBoFn— @KrisPhoto 04 January 2014
Two separate collisions this morning on same stretch of Upton-By-Pass. Currently closed Westbound at A350, at Upton due to flood.— @DorsetTraffic 04 January 2014
Just seen a Tweet that says following the Upton Bypass collisions this morning, the road is closed westbound at Upton due to the flood.
Jack Olley,6, finds the water not quite over his wellies at xch Quay. @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/OXe2BwQwv1— @RichardBmthEcho 04 January 2014
Christchurch quay at high tide. @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/KHkXU1Mkl5— @RichardBmthEcho 04 January 2014
Please drive carefully and appropriately for the weather conditions. Leave plenty of time for your journey.— @DorsetTraffic 04 January 2014
Richard Guppy has sent us this great photo of Mudeford at high tide today:
Traffic lights not working on the A351 Sandford Road in Wareham at the junction with Organford Road, Dorset County Council urging motorists to approach the area carefully
#afcb pitch being monitored every half an hour, passed at noon but the rain is still coming down. #bafc— @amitchellecho 04 January 2014
In non-weather related news, a lorry driver had a lucky escape last night after a blaze in the vehicle.
He'd gone to sleep in the cab in a lay-by near the Bakers Arms Roundabout, but a passer-by noticed a fire in the trailer.
The passing man stopped his car, woke up the driver and got him out before fire engines arrived.
A spokesperson from the service said: "The quick thinking and selflessness of the passer by no doubt stopped this from being a more serious incident."
If you know anything about this story, we'd love to have a chat to you!
Richard Guppy sent in this pic of Mudeford at high tide today
Lots of water on the A35 near the Bakers Arms roundabout. Take care in the area, 2 separate accidents already. Please observe the slow signs— @DFRSFireControl 04 January 2014
@Bournemouthecho Grass visible again in Blandford - Damage to the path in Stour Meadows http://t.co/JNUxO2N0O4— @dorsetmark 04 January 2014
Debris following the high tide this morning at Christchurch Quay @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/LzCnXI1GjF— @RichardBmthEcho 04 January 2014
The sliproad on the westbound carriageway at Upton Oil is closed, and the Dorset Fire and Rescue Service are on their way to free the car, which is trapped under a tree branch.
Please do take care out there today - sounds like the bypass is quite dangerous because of the standing water.
We've had confirmation about a second crash on the Upton Bypass today.
This involved a blue Lexus registered to a local keeper, and took place westbound just ahead of the Bakers Arms Roundabout.
Again, it's thought the crash involved standing water - the car flipped and struck a tree.
A man was treated by paramedics and suffered minor injuries.
The B3075 Corfe Road in Stoborough, Wareham, is now clear again after flooding earlier.
The road was closed both ways at Nutcrack Lane because of the water.
We have an update on the horses trapped in floodwater from Sam Groves, a horse-owner herself.
She says all seven horses have actually now swum across the River Stour, and someone has gone to the other side to try and open a gate for them as there is common land there.
The RSPCA are on their way to move them to a new field.
Just to repeat an earlier post, Inspector Patrick Bailey has asked for everyone to stay away - apparently lots of people being there is spooking the horses.
This picture by Linda Kirkman is of flooding at Stapehill Road. The water has been that high since December 23!
There's disruption on South West Trains between Brockenhurst and Lymington Pier and between Eastleigh and Basingstoke, due to a fallen tree on the line between Winchester and Micheldever. Replacement buses are running between Brockenhurst and Lymington.
We're hearing reports of a second crash on the westbound carriageway of the Upton Bypass. We'll keep you updated
Reporter Jim Durkin has sent over these photographs.
They're of a branch down at a property on Shore Road, Sandbanks; flooding under the bridge at Poole Park; and flooding on the road through Poole Park
We're now at the top of the tide and thankfully it hasn't impacted on the service. http://t.co/FWzywDCY3b— @SandbanksFerry 04 January 2014
@Bournemouthecho my boyfriend surfing at avon beach http://t.co/YWsR239V36— @alexxinman 04 January 2014
RSPCA officer Patrick Bailey talks to concerned horse lovers in burton @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/DeQPZdig0n— @RichardBmthEcho 04 January 2014
The A35 at East Morden is partially blocked due to flooding.
B3075 Corfe Road at Stoborough, near Wareham, has been closed for more than two hours due to flooding.
Concern is growing over horses in the floods near Burton @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/yogiTMJO0c— @RichardBmthEcho 04 January 2014
RT @David_Cameron: With more severe weather, it's important people in threatened areas keep up to date through local media, @metoffice and …— @doncollier 04 January 2014
The Dorset Fire and Rescue Service have released this information on their website about this morning's crash on the Upton Bypass:
2 Crews from Poole attended a Road Traffic Collision on the A35 where one casualty was physically trapped in the vehicle.
One vehicle left the carriageway and collided with a number of trees.
Male casualty was released using hydraulic equipment and was transported to hospital.
Both police and around 24 people, as well as the RSPCA, are currently at the field.
Insp Bailey said: "I appreciate and understand how concerned people are
"But these horses are not used to being handled, and the number of people here is actually forcing them to an area of land that we don't want them to be on."
We've been contacted this morning by a number of people concerned for the welfare of seven horses in Stony Lane, Christchurch.
The horses are in a flooded field, and there has been a lot of anger from residents who are very worried about them.
However, we've just had a chat with RSPCA Inspector Patrick Bailey, who tells us that the horses will be taken out of the field today at lunchtime.
He says both the RSPCA and the owner of the horses have been monitoring the situation daily since the Christmas floods, and for everyone to stay away as it's actually frightening the horses.
The tide was pretty high, @PooleHarbourC have just told us that the tide reading at North Haven was 2.75m, the predicted reading was 2.4m.— @SandbanksFerry 04 January 2014
Rain eased for the moment but a lot of surface water around-take care, kill your speed and nothing else! @Bournemouthecho— @SallyDailyEcho 04 January 2014
10:44am Sat 4 Jan 14
11.4mm of rain has fallen since 3am.
This picture has been sent to us by Dan Clark of Playgolf in Riverside Avenue, Bournemouth
Photographer Sal has taken this video from the bypass
Hearing that Upton Bypass is now open again following earlier collision
RT @RichardBmthEcho: Flooding in mudeford lane @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/HupF0C2H3Z— @madtimallan 04 January 2014
RT @RichardBmthEcho: Flooding in Mudeford Lane @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/flX3RF6DXs— @madtimallan 04 January 2014
He has received serious injuries, including broken bones, although they are not life-threatening
The man was cut out of his car after it flipped and rolled on the bypass.
It was a single-vehicle collision, and he's been described as "a lucky, lucky lad" by a police officer at the scene
Here's a pic from the Upton Bypass. Extent of damage of damage to car is shocking:
@Bournemouthecho @Dorsetecho @wave105radio @EnvAgencySW @dorsetforyou River Winterborne in the road W'borne Stickland http://t.co/p01faTwXds— @dorsetmark 04 January 2014
Portland Coastguard's reports from overnight are in. Just after 8pm last night, they helped Dorset Police to find a 78-year-old man suffering with dementia who was missing from his nursing home in Swanage.
After a short search the gentleman was found in an adjoining road near the home and returned to safety.
The B3075 Corfe Road in Stoborough, Wareham, is closed both ways at Nutcrack Lane because of flooding.
We're advising the public to avoid coastal areas, beaches and rivers. #keepsafe #floodaware— @EnvAgencySW 04 January 2014
Lindsey Harris took this photo of Shore Road, Sandbanks, yesterday, just before the road was shut.
Sally has sent in a photograph from the Upton Bypass. The road is currently completely blocked westbound:
Here's the official Met Office warning for today in full:
A spell of heavy rain is likely to affect southern parts of England during the first half of Saturday, clearing eastwards early in the afternoon.
A further 20 to 30 mm of rain is likely in places and much of this could fall within a 6-hour period. Further heavy showers may move eastwards later on Saturday.
The public should be aware of the risk of further localised surface water flooding and disruption to travel.
This is an update to the warning issued earlier on Friday to extend the yellow area a little further north.
This warning has been updated to include southwest England.
Met Office has a yellow warning for rain in place until noon today. Further warnings in place from 9am until 9pm tomorrow too
The @crosscountryuk trains from Bournemouth to the Midlands/North at 09.45 and 10.45 have been CANCELLED.— @DorsetTransport 04 January 2014
Just spoken to photographer Sal, who is at the scene of the Upton crash. Traffic being diverted from the bypass at the Blandford turn off - accident has happened just beyond there
A Dorset Police spokesperson has warned motorists about the dangers of standing water today.
She said: "Leave plenty of distance between your car and the car in front, slow down and take extra care."
We've got more information on that Upton Bypass crash.
A man driving a black Corsa hit standing water on the road, and the car flipped and rolled.
A member of public travelling in the other direction stopped and called the police and an ambulance.
Currently no report on any injuries suffered, although it is not believed to be a serious crash.
The man, who is local, has been taken to Poole General Hospital in an ambulance, and the road remains closed for recovery
Be careful driving out there. There's plenty of surface water on the county's roads. Areas which are particularly bad are the A352 at East Stoke and Winfrith.
@Bournemouthecho first high tide is approximately 11am although we don't envisage this causing us any problems.— @SandbanksFerry 04 January 2014
RT @SandbanksFerry: @Bournemouthecho despite the horrendous conditions, we are running a normal 20 minute service.— @Chil7th 04 January 2014
Plenty of flood warnings remaining in place today, including for areas close to Christchurch Harbour.
This means residents of Mudeford, Stanpit, the Quomps and Wick could be affected.
Other places that could be hit by floods includes Beaulieu Garden Park Home site and areas around the Lower Stour from Sturminster Marshall to Christchurch, including Cowgrove, Mill Street in Corfe Mullen, the Bridge House Hotel in Ferndown, Ringwood Road, Throop Road in Bournemouth, and Barrack Road and Willow Way in Christchurch
Good morning all. We're just been made aware of a crash blocking the Upton Bypass westbound between the A350 junction and Bakers Arms Roundabout, and will keep you updated
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