LiveRain lashes Dorset again as roads flood and a crash blocks the Upton Bypass

First published in News
Last updated

This live event has finished

Summary

  • 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
  • Send your pictures to digital@bournemouthecho.co.uk. tweet @Bournemouth or text them to 80360, starting your message with BE.

7:40pm

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.

6:44pm

6:19pm

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

5:47pm

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:

http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/34678.aspx?page=2&type=Region&term=Southwest&Severity=2

5:45pm

Picture from Christchurch Quay taken by Steve Dawe
 

5:42pm

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

5:41pm

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:

5:11pm

We've been sent this photo of Roy Barker and Anthony Sheen who say they're "making the most of the flood in Ringwood":

Bournemouth Echo:

5:05pm

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?

Bournemouth Echo:

Here's a closer image (which is giving me the shivers for some reason):

Bournemouth Echo:

5:01pm

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.”
 

4:56pm

These photos of the horses being rescued from the flooded field were taken by photographer Corin Messer: 

Bournemouth Echo:

 

Bournemouth Echo:

 

Bournemouth Echo:

4:46pm

4:43pm

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:

Bournemouth Echo:

4:40pm

4:32pm

4:24pm

Great news from Burton - seven horses are currently being rescued. Reporter Katie is there now:

4:22pm

I promise not to just keep blogging Richard's pictures - this is the last one, but too good not to share:

4:21pm

Another beautiful shot by photographer Richard Crease:

4:20pm

4:12pm

Sounds like it's turning into a gorgeous evening out there after all this rain:

4:11pm

4:08pm

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."

3:51pm

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

3:48pm

3:45pm

3:41pm

3:41pm

This photo was taken by Robin Boultwood in Swanage. It shows that beach huts have been washed away by the sea at North Beach

 

Bournemouth Echo:

3:34pm

The traffic lights at the junction of the A351 Sandford Road with Organford Road in Wareham are now working again

 

 

3:32pm

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

3:31pm

3:24pm

3:24pm

3:18pm

3:16pm

Upton Bypass has reopened - it is passable in both directions with extreme caution:

3:13pm

3:12pm

3:11pm

2:31pm

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.

 

Weymouth Harbour

A flood alert is in place for this area for Saturday 4 January and Sunday 5 January.

Swanage

There is a flood alert for this area.

Poole harbour

A flood alert remains in place for Poole harbour.

Iford, Bournemouth

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.

Christchurch harbour

The flood warning remains in place for Christchurch harbour, including Wick.

River Char

This river has burst its banks at Charmouth and some flooding has occurred at the Dolphin River Caravan Park.

River Stour

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."

2:25pm

2:14pm

Oh crikey - more fabulous weather heading our way
 

2:12pm

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"

2:10pm

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."

2:01pm

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!

1:58pm

1:50pm

1:48pm

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

1:47pm

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

1:47pm

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!

1:42pm

1:41pm

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

1:36pm

It's still raining hard at Dean Court - seems like match may yet be called off

1:35pm

Here's video from Sal of the flooding at the Bridge House Hotel in Longham:

1:30pm

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

 

 

1:29pm

1:28pm

Michelle says that floods in the Hightown and Crow area of Ringwood have closed roads to the A31

1:27pm

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:

Bournemouth Echo:

Here's Eastfield Lane:

Bournemouth Echo:

1:27pm

Reporter Jim Durkin says there is significant standing water on both lanes, eastbound, of the A35 between the Bakers Arms Roundabout and Poole.

1:19pm

This tweet by Sally shows the high levels of water at the Bridge House Hotel in Longham. Residents from Gladelands who were forced out of their homes on Christmas Eve took shelter here:
 

1:18pm

Oh no! Awful news

1:08pm

1:05pm

1:04pm

Just seen a Tweet that says following the Upton Bypass collisions this morning, the road is closed westbound at Upton due to the flood.

12:44pm

12:44pm

12:42pm

12:36pm

Richard Guppy has sent us this great photo of Mudeford at high tide today:

Bournemouth Echo:

 

12:35pm

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

 

 

12:33pm

Sports reporter Andy Mitchell is at Dean Court, where fans are keeping everything crossed that today's FA Cup third round match with Burton Albion will go ahead despite the soggy pitch:
 

12:30pm

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!

12:27pm

 

 

Bournemouth Echo:

Richard Guppy sent in this pic of Mudeford at high tide today

12:19pm

12:15pm

Here's a sign that the water levels are beginning to recede:
 

12:14pm

12:14pm

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.

12:11pm

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.

11:59am

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.

 

11:58am

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.

11:53am

This picture by Linda Kirkman is of flooding at Stapehill Road. The water has been that high since December 23!

Bournemouth Echo:

11:48am

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. 

11:47am

We're hearing reports of a second crash on the westbound carriageway of the Upton Bypass. We'll keep you updated

11:46am

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

Bournemouth Echo:

Bournemouth Echo: Bournemouth Echo:

11:42am

11:39am

11:39am

11:36am

The A35 at East Morden is partially blocked due to flooding.

11:35am

B3075 Corfe Road at Stoborough, near Wareham, has been closed for more than two hours due to flooding.

 

11:34am

11:27am

Even David Cameron's reading our live blog today (probably):
 

11:26am

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.

11:25am

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."

11:22am

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.

11:11am

11:11am

11:08am

10:44am Sat 4 Jan 14

Jim_Springbourne says

11.4mm of rain has fallen since 3am.

11:07am

This picture has been sent to us by Dan Clark of Playgolf in Riverside Avenue, Bournemouth

Bournemouth Echo:

10:48am

Photographer Sal has taken this video from the bypass

10:39am

Hearing that Upton Bypass is now open again following earlier collision

10:25am

10:25am

10:19am

He has received serious injuries, including broken bones, although they are not life-threatening

10:18am

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

10:17am

Here's a pic from the Upton Bypass. Extent of damage of damage to car is shocking:

Bournemouth Echo:

10:11am

10:10am

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.

10:03am

The B3075 Corfe Road in Stoborough, Wareham, is closed both ways at Nutcrack Lane because of flooding.

10:01am

10:00am

Bournemouth Echo:

Lindsey Harris took this photo of Shore Road, Sandbanks, yesterday, just before the road was shut.

9:59am

Sally has sent in a photograph from the Upton Bypass. The road is currently completely blocked westbound:

Bournemouth Echo:

 

9:57am

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.

 

9:56am

Met Office has a yellow warning for rain in place until noon today. Further warnings in place from 9am until 9pm tomorrow too

9:53am

9:48am

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 

9:46am

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."

9:45am

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

9:40am

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.

9:38am

9:38am

9:36am

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

9:33am

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 

 

 

Comments (14)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

10:44am Sat 4 Jan 14

Jim_Springbourne says...

11.4mm of rain has fallen since 3am.
11.4mm of rain has fallen since 3am. Jim_Springbourne
  • Score: 0

11:12am Sat 4 Jan 14

speedy231278 says...

Nice of the Echo to obscure the plates on the crashed Corsa to protect the identity of the driver/owner......
Nice of the Echo to obscure the plates on the crashed Corsa to protect the identity of the driver/owner...... speedy231278
  • Score: 0

12:10pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Sue001 says...

speedy231278 wrote:
Nice of the Echo to obscure the plates on the crashed Corsa to protect the identity of the driver/owner......
I totally agree - only the Echo would do that, so thoughtless.. imagine if a member of the driver's family sees that before they know that the driver is ok? dreadful.
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: Nice of the Echo to obscure the plates on the crashed Corsa to protect the identity of the driver/owner......[/p][/quote]I totally agree - only the Echo would do that, so thoughtless.. imagine if a member of the driver's family sees that before they know that the driver is ok? dreadful. Sue001
  • Score: 0

12:19pm Sat 4 Jan 14

wokboy60 says...

Is it just me ...or is this "weather " being cynically over hyped for benefit of the various "interested" partys ?? The Press are way over the top with their reporting , TV in particular , sending reporters out to locations ...where their is a couple of inches at best of river /tidal water or absolutely nothing happening so resort to pictures of sandbags. The above Echo pictures make a good example , standing water in most pictures , the same surface water that usual appears when we have heavy rain ....and dont get me started on the tree branch !! The Environment Agency are bordering on the disgraceful for the way the are manipulating this current situation for their own ends ...they have had their funds cutback ..and keep using emotive words like "Severe FLOODING , Danger to life "........ arrant nonesense 99.95% of it ,just to help them in their "cause " to retain their funding .Ministers using their "spin version" , calling COBRA meetings and telling us its "Exceptional Weather " ! I went down to Mudeford Beach on the day of the "Exceptional Weather " and have a nice photo of a very NICE AND SUNNY if a bit blowy day !! Dear Lord what have we become if a bit of seasonal heavy rain can get us into this media/political feeding frenzy and stoking up the public's hysteria ? Next time you see a picture of a little old lady being "rescued " by a fully KITTED OUT RESCUER with a rubber dinghy ...have a look at just how high the water is up his legs !! ...its nearly always only ankle deep !!!.....and as for the Iford Caravan Park saga....its called a Flood Plain for a very good reason , the clue is in the title , and the fact that you have the benefits of a nice pleasant location year round, most of the time, has to be offset by the fact that occasionallly the River will do what Rivers do .....re occupy its flood plain ! So stop blaming it on everybody else and learn to live with it ..or move !
Its called "Weather " it happens every year !
Is it just me ...or is this "weather " being cynically over hyped for benefit of the various "interested" partys ?? The Press are way over the top with their reporting , TV in particular , sending reporters out to locations ...where their is a couple of inches at best of river /tidal water or absolutely nothing happening so resort to pictures of sandbags. The above Echo pictures make a good example , standing water in most pictures , the same surface water that usual appears when we have heavy rain ....and dont get me started on the tree branch !! The Environment Agency are bordering on the disgraceful for the way the are manipulating this current situation for their own ends ...they have had their funds cutback ..and keep using emotive words like "Severe FLOODING , Danger to life "........ arrant nonesense 99.95% of it ,just to help them in their "cause " to retain their funding .Ministers using their "spin version" , calling COBRA meetings and telling us its "Exceptional Weather " ! I went down to Mudeford Beach on the day of the "Exceptional Weather " and have a nice photo of a very NICE AND SUNNY if a bit blowy day !! Dear Lord what have we become if a bit of seasonal heavy rain can get us into this media/political feeding frenzy and stoking up the public's hysteria ? Next time you see a picture of a little old lady being "rescued " by a fully KITTED OUT RESCUER with a rubber dinghy ...have a look at just how high the water is up his legs !! ...its nearly always only ankle deep !!!.....and as for the Iford Caravan Park saga....its called a Flood Plain for a very good reason , the clue is in the title , and the fact that you have the benefits of a nice pleasant location year round, most of the time, has to be offset by the fact that occasionallly the River will do what Rivers do .....re occupy its flood plain ! So stop blaming it on everybody else and learn to live with it ..or move ! Its called "Weather " it happens every year ! wokboy60
  • Score: 0

1:37pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Carl Baron says...

In the wake of such devastation how does Cameron & Co justify unknown Billions on HS2 + 130 Billion Taxpayer Funded property investments whilst cutting Lifesaving environmental Emergency Services?
In the wake of such devastation how does Cameron & Co justify unknown Billions on HS2 + 130 Billion Taxpayer Funded property investments whilst cutting Lifesaving environmental Emergency Services? Carl Baron
  • Score: 0

2:21pm Sat 4 Jan 14

alasdair1967 says...

Keep up echo cherries match abandoned
Keep up echo cherries match abandoned alasdair1967
  • Score: 0

4:23pm Sat 4 Jan 14

spyinthesky says...

wokboy60 wrote:
Is it just me ...or is this "weather " being cynically over hyped for benefit of the various "interested" partys ?? The Press are way over the top with their reporting , TV in particular , sending reporters out to locations ...where their is a couple of inches at best of river /tidal water or absolutely nothing happening so resort to pictures of sandbags. The above Echo pictures make a good example , standing water in most pictures , the same surface water that usual appears when we have heavy rain ....and dont get me started on the tree branch !! The Environment Agency are bordering on the disgraceful for the way the are manipulating this current situation for their own ends ...they have had their funds cutback ..and keep using emotive words like "Severe FLOODING , Danger to life "........ arrant nonesense 99.95% of it ,just to help them in their "cause " to retain their funding .Ministers using their "spin version" , calling COBRA meetings and telling us its "Exceptional Weather " ! I went down to Mudeford Beach on the day of the "Exceptional Weather " and have a nice photo of a very NICE AND SUNNY if a bit blowy day !! Dear Lord what have we become if a bit of seasonal heavy rain can get us into this media/political feeding frenzy and stoking up the public's hysteria ? Next time you see a picture of a little old lady being "rescued " by a fully KITTED OUT RESCUER with a rubber dinghy ...have a look at just how high the water is up his legs !! ...its nearly always only ankle deep !!!.....and as for the Iford Caravan Park saga....its called a Flood Plain for a very good reason , the clue is in the title , and the fact that you have the benefits of a nice pleasant location year round, most of the time, has to be offset by the fact that occasionallly the River will do what Rivers do .....re occupy its flood plain ! So stop blaming it on everybody else and learn to live with it ..or move !
Its called "Weather " it happens every year !
Oh no its raining, call in the environment hippies the world is ending.
[quote][p][bold]wokboy60[/bold] wrote: Is it just me ...or is this "weather " being cynically over hyped for benefit of the various "interested" partys ?? The Press are way over the top with their reporting , TV in particular , sending reporters out to locations ...where their is a couple of inches at best of river /tidal water or absolutely nothing happening so resort to pictures of sandbags. The above Echo pictures make a good example , standing water in most pictures , the same surface water that usual appears when we have heavy rain ....and dont get me started on the tree branch !! The Environment Agency are bordering on the disgraceful for the way the are manipulating this current situation for their own ends ...they have had their funds cutback ..and keep using emotive words like "Severe FLOODING , Danger to life "........ arrant nonesense 99.95% of it ,just to help them in their "cause " to retain their funding .Ministers using their "spin version" , calling COBRA meetings and telling us its "Exceptional Weather " ! I went down to Mudeford Beach on the day of the "Exceptional Weather " and have a nice photo of a very NICE AND SUNNY if a bit blowy day !! Dear Lord what have we become if a bit of seasonal heavy rain can get us into this media/political feeding frenzy and stoking up the public's hysteria ? Next time you see a picture of a little old lady being "rescued " by a fully KITTED OUT RESCUER with a rubber dinghy ...have a look at just how high the water is up his legs !! ...its nearly always only ankle deep !!!.....and as for the Iford Caravan Park saga....its called a Flood Plain for a very good reason , the clue is in the title , and the fact that you have the benefits of a nice pleasant location year round, most of the time, has to be offset by the fact that occasionallly the River will do what Rivers do .....re occupy its flood plain ! So stop blaming it on everybody else and learn to live with it ..or move ! Its called "Weather " it happens every year ![/p][/quote]Oh no its raining, call in the environment hippies the world is ending. spyinthesky
  • Score: 0

5:24pm Sat 4 Jan 14

CherryFarmer says...

alasdair1967 wrote:
Keep up echo cherries match abandoned
Keep up Alasdair...Echo told us this news before 2.00 PM. By the way the game is postponed....it is only classified as abandoned if it has started.
[quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: Keep up echo cherries match abandoned[/p][/quote]Keep up Alasdair...Echo told us this news before 2.00 PM. By the way the game is postponed....it is only classified as abandoned if it has started. CherryFarmer
  • Score: 0

6:10pm Sat 4 Jan 14

bobknott says...

I hear it was the RSPCA who left those horses in the field in Burton & that they ignored locals raising the alarm & prevented the local horse community from taking action independently. Perhaps worth more investigation to confirm or refute, but definitely getting two very different versions of what happened.
I hear it was the RSPCA who left those horses in the field in Burton & that they ignored locals raising the alarm & prevented the local horse community from taking action independently. Perhaps worth more investigation to confirm or refute, but definitely getting two very different versions of what happened. bobknott
  • Score: 0

8:37pm Sat 4 Jan 14

fireflier says...

Driving to Dorchester today...slowly .... in all that downpour.

WHY...WHY do we have so many cretin divers who seem to be saving their light bulbs for a 'rainy day?'

Absolutely amazing how, in even the worst visablity, we have some who just refuse to switch on dipped headlights ...or those who are happy to go along with their little glow-worm side lights just about showing!!!

Then we have the muppets at the other extreme .....the 'look at me I've gorra lorra lights' brigade who have every light on the front of their car at high intesity ALL THE TIME....despite the fact they are blinding everyone who approaches them.

When are our highway cops going to pull some of these twerps over and explain the 'motoring facts of life' as per the Highway Code to them?
Driving to Dorchester today...slowly .... in all that downpour. WHY...WHY do we have so many cretin divers who seem to be saving their light bulbs for a 'rainy day?' Absolutely amazing how, in even the worst visablity, we have some who just refuse to switch on dipped headlights ...or those who are happy to go along with their little glow-worm side lights just about showing!!! Then we have the muppets at the other extreme .....the 'look at me I've gorra lorra lights' brigade who have every light on the front of their car at high intesity ALL THE TIME....despite the fact they are blinding everyone who approaches them. When are our highway cops going to pull some of these twerps over and explain the 'motoring facts of life' as per the Highway Code to them? fireflier
  • Score: 0

9:58pm Sat 4 Jan 14

CherryFarmer says...

fireflier wrote:
Driving to Dorchester today...slowly .... in all that downpour.

WHY...WHY do we have so many cretin divers who seem to be saving their light bulbs for a 'rainy day?'

Absolutely amazing how, in even the worst visablity, we have some who just refuse to switch on dipped headlights ...or those who are happy to go along with their little glow-worm side lights just about showing!!!

Then we have the muppets at the other extreme .....the 'look at me I've gorra lorra lights' brigade who have every light on the front of their car at high intesity ALL THE TIME....despite the fact they are blinding everyone who approaches them.

When are our highway cops going to pull some of these twerps over and explain the 'motoring facts of life' as per the Highway Code to them?
Here here.....what is this current obsession to have hundreds of headlights nowadays. They are blinding oncoming drivers and will cause a lot of accidents.
[quote][p][bold]fireflier[/bold] wrote: Driving to Dorchester today...slowly .... in all that downpour. WHY...WHY do we have so many cretin divers who seem to be saving their light bulbs for a 'rainy day?' Absolutely amazing how, in even the worst visablity, we have some who just refuse to switch on dipped headlights ...or those who are happy to go along with their little glow-worm side lights just about showing!!! Then we have the muppets at the other extreme .....the 'look at me I've gorra lorra lights' brigade who have every light on the front of their car at high intesity ALL THE TIME....despite the fact they are blinding everyone who approaches them. When are our highway cops going to pull some of these twerps over and explain the 'motoring facts of life' as per the Highway Code to them?[/p][/quote]Here here.....what is this current obsession to have hundreds of headlights nowadays. They are blinding oncoming drivers and will cause a lot of accidents. CherryFarmer
  • Score: 0

11:03pm Sat 4 Jan 14

itsneverblackorwhite says...

This flooding is hardly a surprise when you do a quick trawl on he net and look at the environment agencies reports on flood risks on the Stour, and also what action has been taken by the affected council areas.
This flooding is hardly a surprise when you do a quick trawl on he net and look at the environment agencies reports on flood risks on the Stour, and also what action has been taken by the affected council areas. itsneverblackorwhite
  • Score: 0

12:26am Sun 5 Jan 14

hooplaa says...

bobknott wrote:
I hear it was the RSPCA who left those horses in the field in Burton & that they ignored locals raising the alarm & prevented the local horse community from taking action independently. Perhaps worth more investigation to confirm or refute, but definitely getting two very different versions of what happened.
You are right they wouldn't do anything, people went down to try and rescue them and then they stepped it! RSPCA - ****!
As for the over kill on a few inches of water on the roads! Tweet your pics of puddles to the echo and they publish them! I think we need to call Noah!
[quote][p][bold]bobknott[/bold] wrote: I hear it was the RSPCA who left those horses in the field in Burton & that they ignored locals raising the alarm & prevented the local horse community from taking action independently. Perhaps worth more investigation to confirm or refute, but definitely getting two very different versions of what happened.[/p][/quote]You are right they wouldn't do anything, people went down to try and rescue them and then they stepped it! RSPCA - ****! As for the over kill on a few inches of water on the roads! Tweet your pics of puddles to the echo and they publish them! I think we need to call Noah! hooplaa
  • Score: 0

8:34am Sun 5 Jan 14

angelwings1775 says...

Why would the RSPCA not want to help the horses? The highly trained inspectors no doubt went into the job as they were highly likely to be passionate animal lovers. To say they weren't helping is so, so wrong. Perhaps they were just using their professional and experienced judgement of how to deal with "wild" horses in an extremely difficult and dangerous situation. They didn't abandon the horses and most likely working all hours to come up with a feasible and intelligent plan to help them. Even if this overtime was spent worrying about it and having sleepless nights praying their judgement was correct.
It is the numpties who refuse to listen to them, to stay away and to allow them to calm and pacify the horses before the rescue, who are very much in the wrong.
I have the utmost respect for these people and sometimes we DO need to trust people who have a higher authority than we do.

And don't get me started on the idiots who go near the crashing waves near the coasts ignoring the professionalism of the coast guards, police and RNLI.
Who do some people think they are?
Why would the RSPCA not want to help the horses? The highly trained inspectors no doubt went into the job as they were highly likely to be passionate animal lovers. To say they weren't helping is so, so wrong. Perhaps they were just using their professional and experienced judgement of how to deal with "wild" horses in an extremely difficult and dangerous situation. They didn't abandon the horses and most likely working all hours to come up with a feasible and intelligent plan to help them. Even if this overtime was spent worrying about it and having sleepless nights praying their judgement was correct. It is the numpties who refuse to listen to them, to stay away and to allow them to calm and pacify the horses before the rescue, who are very much in the wrong. I have the utmost respect for these people and sometimes we DO need to trust people who have a higher authority than we do. And don't get me started on the idiots who go near the crashing waves near the coasts ignoring the professionalism of the coast guards, police and RNLI. Who do some people think they are? angelwings1775
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree