Blandford town centre closed to all traffic and pavements crack in Highcliffe as flooding continues (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Blandford town centre closed to all traffic and pavements crack in Highcliffe as flooding continues
Updated 8:59am Monday 6th January 2014 in News
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- The Met Office has issued amber 'be prepared' warnings for heavy rain today from 6pm until 6am Monday.
- A severe flood warning for Iford Bridge Home Park downgraded
- Still 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
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Dorset County Council has released the following statement about tonight's weather:
Another spell of wet and windy weather is expected overnight Sunday 5 into Monday 6 January.
Levels of traffic are likely to be significantly higher on Monday than in recent weeks, owing to school term resuming and more commuter traffic.
Another spell of severe weather will make it's way across the south west this evening and tomorrow (Monday) morning.
We are expecting higher levels of traffic on the roads of Dorset on Monday morning, with a combination of school and commuter traffic returning to the roads after the Christmas and new year break.
This, combined with the poor weather will mean driving conditions will remain hazardous but added to that roads will be significantly busier than they have been.
Update #Christchurch - Engineers have started repairs and we expect all supplies to be restored by 0200 hours.Thank you for your patience.— @southernelecPD 05 January 2014
Hazardous driving conditions due to flooding are reported on the A352 at East Knighton. Motorists are warned to approach with care.
A Portland Coastguard spokesman has just told the Echo that gale force nine winds are heading along the Dorset coast overnight- anytime from now until about 3am. That's 50mph winds to you and I and up to 32ft waves!
RT @dorsetmark: Clenston Road, Winterborne Stickland #dorset #floods @EnvAgencySW @Bournemouthecho @BlandfordSNT http://t.co/fw6BjT5EWJ— @simonjwalsham 05 January 2014
@Bournemouthecho more from Julian's bridge at Wimborne http://t.co/GAtpzlPqYj— @stephohara 05 January 2014
@Bournemouthecho flooding by Julian's bridge in Wimborne today http://t.co/6jynJ7G7Rv— @stephohara 05 January 2014
Here's a photo of the flooded Bridge House Car Park at Longham at 4.30pm today sent in by Zoe Linton
Iford Bridge, Bournemouth - currently only area on highest flood alert in England. LRF was wise to evac when it did. http://t.co/cN8HykDDGx— @TobiasEllwoodMP 05 January 2014
Old Sherborne Road just passable near the Sun Inn http://t.co/6OZQeGSfPT— @TravelDorset 05 January 2014
@Bournemouthecho Christchurch quay! http://t.co/xBPw31AVP5— @krystilauren123 05 January 2014
Heavy showers expected to continue through the night for #Dorset, more rain Monday and Tuesday but settled conditions from Wednesday.— @Dorset_Weather 05 January 2014
Traffic lights on Parley Lane outside Bournemouth Airport are working again
For the second time in a fortnight flooding has hit the church centre at St Andrew's in Kinson @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/PShRPGax96— @RichardBmthEcho 05 January 2014
RT @RichardBmthEcho: For the second time in a fortnight flooding has hit the church centre at St Andrew's in Kinson @Bournemouthecho http:/…— @SallyDailyEcho 05 January 2014
Another severe flood warning has been issued for Iford Bridge Home Park by the Environment Agency.
Residents were hoping that they would be able to return home tomorrow
Kathryn Harris has sent in this photo of the Baker's Arms roundabout underwater
Milton Road, Milton Abbas, has also been closed because of flooding
The Moor, Puddletown, is now closed due to flooding.
Following the River Stour bursting its banks, Stapehill Road is now closed both ways due to flooding between the B3073 Ham Lane and Wimborne Road West.
Can anyone answer Steven?
1st night back and not sure I'm going to even make it.bet there's no one on twitter who knows whether bulbarrow is passable?!! #nochance— @oxfordsbakery 05 January 2014
We actually can't wait for summertime at @MudefordQuay This stormy weather is awful!— @MudefordQuay 05 January 2014
Update #Christchurch - We have wires down in the Hurn area,no confirmed restoration time due to complex repairs.Thank you for your patience.— @southernelecPD 05 January 2014
Dorset Dog Rescue are running a flooding thread from their Facebook page so people can post information about badly-affected areas to avoid
@Dorset_Weather tarrant hinton valley road closed due to flooding, water level continues to rise, houses flooded, cars stuck needing towing— @valeriereynol17 05 January 2014
A354 Blandford to Salisbury blocked due to flooding (19:16)— @Traffic_SouthE 05 January 2014
More trouble on the roads - there's a traffic light failure on the B3073 Parley Lane in Hurn, both ways at Bournemouth Airport
We've been sent this photo of Holdenhurst Village by someone called Tom - he wrote: "This used to be a field at the end of my garden.. The river follows the tree line in the distance.. A fair chance we' ll be in trouble over the next 2 days."
There are now 'severe delays' on A348 Ringwood Road in Longham both ways between A341 Wimborne Road and B3073 Christchurch Road, so probably best to avoid the whole area
Blandford town center is closed due to floods! @BBCDorset @watch_weather #UKstorm http://t.co/Zskwor36cN— @Jed_Wakefield 05 January 2014
Traffic on the Wessex Way this evenings rain sets in for the night @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/ImFF5ttlJH— @RichardBmthEcho 05 January 2014
Terrible driving conditions out there tonight folks so take care @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/Okg8S0MyOI— @RichardBmthEcho 05 January 2014
RT @Dorset_Weather: Blandford town center closed to all traffic due to flooding.— @SallyDailyEcho 05 January 2014
We're aware of the loss of power affecting #Christchurch this evening. Engineers are carrying out initial investigations. Updates to follow.— @southernelecPD 05 January 2014
The bad weather is really setting in here in Bournemouth - very heavy rain outside
Find out who to contact for help with flooding at http://t.co/k0U7eafL2e. Or call our Floodline 24/7 on 0845 988 1188 #floodaware— @EnvAgencySW 05 January 2014
Ian Hooper is in Blandford and he has just sent us this photograph of the flooded streets:
The sheer amount of water at Julians Bridge in #Wimborne #Dorset was unbelievable today. #viewfromthevan http://t.co/ok1IMIyb1u— @viewfromthevan 05 January 2014
Breaking news - press release issued by Dorset Police as Environment Agency warning is upgraded:
DORSET AMBER WEATHER ALERT ISSUED BY THE MET OFFICE
The met office has issued an amber weather warning for Dorset forecasting a significant weather front moving across the area which is expected to cause more disruption – with the A354 Blandford to Salisbury road already closed.
A Met Officer amber weather warning means that the residents of Dorset need to be prepared to change plans and make efforts to protect themselves and their properties from the impacts of the severe weather.
The alert is for the next twelve hours when a significant weather front is expected to be moving in across the county overnight bringing significant thundery showers and large amounts of heavy rainfall. Coastal areas are likely to suffer further aggravation from gusts of wind expected to reach 60 -70mph.
The situation in Dorset is considered to be critical with ground water and river water levels already being at saturation point with more rain – expected to be heavy at times – forecast for Monday 6 January through to Wednesday 8 January 2014.
Motorists are reminded to take extra care and are strongly advised not make unnecessary journeys – there will be significant standing water in many carriageways. The A354 from Blandford to Salisbury has already been closed causing considerable disruption to road users who are advised to avoid the area.
There is a potential for Preston Beach road in Weymouth to close at 9pm this evening, 5 January 2014, when high tide is expected to cause flooding. Should it close, it will remain closed for at least two hours and will only re-open when it is considered safe.
Motorists are advised not to ignore road closure signs.
Latest information and updates can be found by visiting the Travel Dorset website at http://mapping.dorsetforyou.com/traveldorset.
At present there are 17 flood warnings and 21 flood alerts which concern most, if not all, of the river network in Dorset – there are no severe flood warnings. Visit the Environment Agency website http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk for the latest updates.
Local resident and business owners in Dorset are strongly advised to take remedial action to protect their property from flooding.
Dorset police continue to work closely with partners to ensure the safety of the communities of Dorset. 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
All areas are being closely monitored by the Environment Agency, Dorset Police and partners.
Occupants of properties at risk of flooding who have concerns or are unsure what to do should contact the Environment Agency on 0845 988 1188, visit their website www.environment-agency.gov.uk or call the emergency services on 999 if urgent.
Gale to severe gale force winds will be an added hazard, with the potential for very strong gusts in coastal areas.
Dorset Police and partners are reminding residents to prepare for the adverse weather and advice extreme care to be taken in coastal areas.
• Do not go to the beach or cliffs to look at the weather
• Do not carry out any water sports or make unnecessary trips out to sea
• Do not go near the sea to walk or paddle in the waves
• Do not ignore road closure signs
If living in an ‘at risk’ area monitor the Environment Agency website for flood warnings closely on 0845 988 1188, visit their website www.environment-agency.gov.uk.
In high winds Dorset Police advise motorists:
• Not to travel unless you have to
• Keep your distance from other vehicles
• Keep your speed down – sudden gusts of wind can blow you off course
• Leave extra time to get to your destination
• Show consideration for other motorists, especially when confronted with delays and/or blocked roads
• When visibility is reduced switch on your headlights.
In the event of flooding, drivers are advised to:
• Exercise caution when approaching standing water on the roads
• Give consideration to the depth of the water
• Do not take any risks driving through flood waters
• Drive through shallow water slowly and be aware of the effect of waves on other road users.
If you're in Blandford town centre, which is currently closed to all traffic because of flooding, please feel free to send in a photograph or tell us what's going on.
It sounds like an absolute nightmare and we hope there isn't too much damage to roads or houses
Currently, no indications that any schools will be closed tomorrow, but we'll keep you updated if the situation changes
Indie rocker Matt Tong, from the band Bloc Party, has donated £100 to help Burton Albion fans get back down to Bournemouth for their rescheduled FA Cup tie.
Cherries fans have established an online appeal to raise cash to help Albion supporters, after the game was called off on Saturday due to a waterlogged pitch.
Matt said: “I wasn’t at the Burton game but that day made such a huge impression on AFCB supporters that I feel compelled to do my part to return the favour. May the best team win.”
There's more on generous AFCB fans here - and sport reporter Neil Perrett just Tweeted this:
Just uploaded a story on the coach fund but the kitty keeps rising so it's immediately out of date! #afcb #bafc— @neilperrettecho 05 January 2014
This, from the Environment Agency, shows that the river level in Blandford is getting very high:
"The river level at Blandford is 1.79 metres.
This measurement was recorded at 16:45 on 05/01/2014.
The typical river level range for this location is between 0.39 metres and 1.00 metres.
The highest river level recorded at this location is 2.53 metres and the river level reached 2.31 metres on 08/07/2012."
A348 Ringwood Road, Longham between Bear Cross Roundabout and Christchurch Road has flooding (18:03)— @Traffic_SouthE 05 January 2014
Just lost power on St Catherine's Hill. Chistchurch— @MickMacauley 05 January 2014
A354 Pimperne and A35 Bloxworth still have flooding this evening (18:02)— @Traffic_SouthE 05 January 2014
Good evening from the Late crew. Bracing ourselves for another wet and wild evening. Safe Safe. @dorsetpolice @DFRSFireControl @HantsPolice— @NPAS_Winfrith 05 January 2014
Canford School about a hour ago @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/dE9cCYFkgt— @chrismarshall79 05 January 2014
Blandford town centre closed to all traffic due to flooding.— @Dorset_Weather 05 January 2014
More heavy rain approaching #Dorset this evening increasing the risk of more flooding.— @Dorset_Weather 05 January 2014
A35 Dorset - Flooding on A35 in Bloxworth around the Bloxworth Road junction.— @Dorset_Weather 05 January 2014
A35 eastbound around Bakers Arms one lane is reported to still be closed due to flooding— @Traffic_SouthW 05 January 2014
The A337 Lymington Road in Highcliffe is now cleared.
The road had been closed both ways between Wharncliffe Road and Gordon Road because of cracked pavements.
And here's another photo from Purbeck Police showing Wool Bridge looking out at the River Frome.
This was taken at 4.30pm today:
Two fantastic photographs here by Robin Cooper of Southbourne:
This photo, by Lyam Galpin, shows a capsized boat at Christchurch Quay:
This photograph of Wareham Quay was taken from Purbeck Police (@PurbeckPolice on Twitter):
On that last update, Charlotte Mills has been in touch to say the bridge at Longham is closed because the river has gone over.
Take care on the roads this evening!
New update on the roads - A348 Ringwood Road, Longham, flooded and it's causing problems both ways between A341 Wimborne Road and B3073 Christchurch Road
This isn't weather-related, but some very, very nice AFCB supporters are raising money to ensure the Burton Albion fans who travelled here yesterday for the cancelled FA match can get coaches down again next time.
Here's the link if you're interested: http://www.gofundme.com/BurtonCoach
This photograph was found on Wimborne's Business Improvement District Facebook page:
@Bournemouthecho @wave105radio some brave souls wind surfing in Poole Harbour #windsurfing #brave #pooleharbour http://t.co/DFqoejiOQ4— @JaniceSNutting 05 January 2014
The following events were released as part of a coastguard report issued today:
A rope became snagged across two groynes at neck height, causing a potential hazard to surfers at Avon Beach on Saturday morning.
Southbourne Coastguards attended but were unable to reach the rope because of the high tide.
They marked the hazard and returned later to cut the end of the rope.
Coastguards were also informed after a jet skier failed to return to Mudeford on Saturday morning.
The skier was located in stormy seas along the coast, around 11am, and Boscombe lifeguards and Southbourne Coastguards kept the skier under observation until he returned to shore.
A full investigation was conducted by Portland Coastguard following reports of two white flares on Saturday.
The flares were reported towards the Isle of Wight, from Swanage, around 5.20pm and Swanage Coastguards were mobilised to investigate.
A coastguard spokesman explained: “In the end it was thought that the sighting was possibly of car headlights on the Isle of Wight. Nothing untoward was found.”
Pic by Janice Susan Nutting of the Sandbanks ferry from Poole to Studland. She writes: "Bit rough but still running!":
@Bournemouthecho @sonyxperiagb @wave105radio @SimonParkinITV so glad I have got a waterproof phone! http://t.co/ojIC6KUqZB— @JaniceSNutting 05 January 2014
@Bournemouthecho Power cut in Surrey Road BH4 for over 3 hours now. Affecting property and no traffic lights at juncn with Branksome Wood Rd— @tenphosail 05 January 2014
Darren Baker has sent over this image of flooding in Wimborne.
He was standing near the River Stour looking towards Canford Bridge:
Photographer Sally Adams has heard that the water at Bridge House Hotel in Longham is now covering the road.
Nearby Milhams Road also flooded
Stony Lane flooded at the railway bridge. @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/9Nx0J2B72E— @RichardBmthEcho 05 January 2014
A photograph we've received from a lady called Emma shows the flooding at Convent Walk, next to Mill Stream in Christchurch.
Emma says the route is "pretty much impassable":
And these images were taken by Matt Carmody at Christchurch Harbour yesterday:
RT @BBCWorld: Parts of America could see temperatures drop to -25C on Monday, even colder with wind chill http://t.co/5c6vSN4Jzj http://t.c…— @grant_rob 05 January 2014
These photos are by Joey Arnell - they were taken at locations around Dorset over Christmas:
These photographs have been sent in by Mike Lavelle.
They show big waves at Avon Beach, which has actually been taped off by the Coastguard.
However, people have still been ignoring the tape and getting worryingly close to the waves.
Please do stay safe out there - it's very dangerous to be by the coastline at the moment.
If you don't need to go out in your car, don't! Roads are horrendous! Trees down. Floods and horrible driving conditions! :(— @SwainElectContr 05 January 2014
Reporter Katie Clark has been in Highcliffe today speaking to local councillor David Jones.
He said that the electricity company may have to cut the power west of Sea Corner.
There is also a hole in the pavement outside Co-op, and we're told police instructed customers to evacuate as something might explode.
The flats opposite the scene have also been evacuated just in case.
@Bournemouthecho Poole Park Sunday Morning, http://t.co/bckJlWC7mK— @cabbycrabby 05 January 2014
Mudeford Lifeboat has attended a report of a windsurfer with a broken rig off Steamer Point.
Luckily, everything's fine and the windsurfer is safely back on dry land
Warning from First Great Western as trains affected by bad weather:
Passengers intending to travel in the Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset or Hampshire areas are advised to travel as early as possible today due to possible flooding in Southern England later.
And here's the view from Spetisbury towards Blandford:
This image has been sent to us by Steve Pardey - it shows flooding at Spetisbury looking towards Shapwick:
@Bournemouthecho Mudeford Lifeboat just launched http://t.co/Qtwl1XFi7D— @ephemeracity 05 January 2014
11:41am Sun 5 Jan 14
hampreston harriet says
Stapehill Road at Hampreston is still impassable, as the idiot whose car is in the ditch must now be aware.
So, the official word is that storms are set to continue until Tuesday evening.
We're expecting gusts of wind approaching 50 miles per hour tomorrow, particularly in coastal areas.
And there are still flood warnings in place, including the Lower Avon from Ringwood to Christchurch; the Lower Frome from East Stoke to Wareham; the Lower Frome from East Stoke to Wareham; Lower Stour at Iford Bridge.
There's also a flood alerts in place for Christchurch Harbour.
Sorry no ferry today, Sunday the 5th of Jan or until Wed the 8th due to swell and wind. King Harry Ferry is running— @roselandtic 05 January 2014
CLEARED | #A30 Lower Nyland now OPEN at Five Bridges following previous closure due to flooding— @TravelDorset 05 January 2014
@TravelDorset: UPDATE | #A35 Upton Bypass Bakers Arms Rbt to #A350 lane restrictions removed however still plenty... http://t.co/Q4PWJzjknb— @PurbeckPolice 05 January 2014
Lymington Road remains closed after the pavement was pushed up earlier today.
Contrary to earlier reports, the tree that has been deemed in danger of toppling down is a separate incident in nearby Wharncliffe Road.
The A337 Lymington Road will remain closed, police say, until electricty engineers are able to ensure no underground power lines have been affected by the damaged pavement.
Exactly why the pavement became pushed up is under investigation.
Electricity board now in attendance at Lymington Road Walkford, Police cordon in place, Police dealing with evacuation or nearby properties.— @DFRSFireControl 05 January 2014
Police close off part of Lymington Road, Highcliffe @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/Zr5wva68Q9 #LymingtonRoadHighcliffe via @RichardBmthEcho— @rightnowio_feed 05 January 2014
Tree surgeons bring down dangerous pine in Wharncliffe rd, Highcliffe @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/UPhlg7eTfJ— @RichardBmthEcho 05 January 2014
This seems to be the explanation for the "explosion underneath the pavement".....
A337 Lymington Road is closed both ways to a dangerous tree between Wharncliffe Road and Gordon Road / Waterford Road. The pavement has been pushed up by some tree roots. The road is closed as the tree will have to be cut down.
The A337 Lymington Road at Highcliffe is closed both ways due to "the explosion underneath the pavement" between Wharncliffe Road and Gordon Road / Waterford Road. The pavement has been pushed up, so the police and fire brigade are investigating.
A Dorset police spokesman has asked us to warn motorists who are still trying to get down the road that it will be shut for the forseeable future.
The pavements cracking made a noise like an 'explosion' apparently - must have been very frightening
Police have given us info about Highcliffe 'bomb scare' - it was definitely pressure building up under pavements, leading to stones cracking.
The High Street was briefly evacuated while police looked into reports, but we understand everything is getting back to normal now
More flooding has closed the A30 Shaftesbury Road in Lower Nyland, Kingston Magna, both ways between Nyland Lane and Common Lane
It's been reported that Highcliffe incident is a bomb scare - we now believe it's to do with pavements cracking under the pressure of the flooding.
If you're there and can give us more of an insight into what's going on, that would be great
We've had an update from readers on Twitter - Highcliffe High Street is closed and apparently there are lots of police about.
We are looking into this and will update
Here's the official Met Office warning for tomorrow's windy weather:
Strong winds will combine with large waves to bring the risk of coastal flooding.
Winds will gust to 60 MPH or so on coasts, and locally to 70 MPH, but waves will be larger than usually associated with this strength.
The public should be aware of the dangers of waves crashing onshore and over topping shore lines and sea fronts.
There's a bit of an update on the seven horses rescued from Burton field - five RSPCA officers at the scene moving them to a new location.
Around 15 people there at the moment, and police are there too.
A vet is also attending, although this is apparently not because the horses are ill or injured.
A35 one lane remains closed eastbound after Bakers Arms due to flooding (12:07)— @Traffic_SouthE 05 January 2014
Oh dear, here's the next lot. Not particularly heavy but not helping. Beware heavy outbreaks of rain tonight http://t.co/PJ31UQvOYA— @DaveThroupEA 05 January 2014
Children enjoy dodging the waves at Boscombe @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/4QiqKCDM7r— @RichardBmthEcho 05 January 2014
Working with Dorset Police in Lymington Road, Walkford investigating pavement being pushed up...— @DFRSFireControl 05 January 2014
We also understand there's flooding in Pimperne on A354 Salisbury Road at Church Lane / Chapel Lane by the Farquharson Arms
Enjoying the surf at Boscombe beach @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/aLwAMr2Pzv— @RichardBmthEcho 05 January 2014
Looks like the weather is picking up out there - this picture is by Echo photographer Richard:
The seas getting up @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/H3HJrwTtDX— @RichardBmthEcho 05 January 2014
The A30 Shaftesbury Road in Lower Nyland has now reopened both ways at Nyland Lane junction
Unfortunately, it looks like there's going to be more of the same into Monday - lots of stormy weather coming our way.
Highways have coned off one lane of the A35 Upton Bypass eastbound between the Bakers Arms Roundabout and the A350 Blandford Road North junction, because of flooding.
However, we understand there isn't much water on the road at the moment.
Still surface water A352 at Winfrith, and at East Stoke.
@Bournemouthecho This morning's sunrise http://t.co/lwxfjHtYfW— @dorsetmark 05 January 2014
Yellow Buses have released an update as Stony Lane flooding is causing transport problems.
Service 21 outbound being diverted via Christchurch bypass and Salisbury Road before returning to the normal route.
Inbound, the buses will travel along Salisbury Road, the bypass, via Somerford roundabout, and then back onto the normal route.
The Met Office has just issued a new weather warning for tomorrow.
From 3am until 11.55pm, there's a warning in place for strong winds, particularly in Poole.
Looking down on someone's gardens from the A350 at Spetisbury http://t.co/Viwq1QccuG— @StuartMc1 05 January 2014
Motorists advised not to drive through #floods 30cm of water is enough to float your car. Check for road closures and info @TravelDorset— @dorsetpolice 05 January 2014
A beautiful (slightly blustery) day in Bournemouth http://t.co/inLDCEzWeb— @FleurieFM 05 January 2014
This photograph was taken by Vincent Blood at Bournemouth Pier this morning:
It doesn't sound like anyone was in the property at the time of the explosion - a spokesperson from DFRS said: "There was no fire, so upon arrival crews disconnected the gas bottle and removed it from the property.
"They also isolated the electricity."
The incident took place in a semi-detatched house, but no reports of any injuries.
Crikey - there's been an explosion at a house in Langham, near Gillingham.
This is the official Dorset Fire and Rescue Service statement:
"At 0710hrs this morning two retained crew from Gillingham and Shaftesbury fire stations attended a property in Langham following reports of an explosion from within the property.
Shortly after arrival crews discovered that an LPG cylinder in the kitchen of the property had been leaking and was then ignited by the Immersion Heater.
Crews isolated the electrics within the property and removed the gas cylinder from the property after disconnecting it.
The explosions caused structural damage throughout the property, including windows being blown out and the roof being lifted off of the house."
We'll let you know more about this as soon as possible.
Here's a bit more information on Stony Lane closure - road closed between Purewell junction and the A35 Christchurch Bypass junction at the moment.
Let us know if you're aware of any other problems!
We're also hearing that Stony Lane in Burton - where seven horses were rescued from floodwater yesterday - is closed off under the railway bridge because of flooding
@Bournemouthecho sunrise over Muscliff... http://t.co/Lu2p4JOqdh— @kev1977banbury 05 January 2014
@Bournemouthecho too beautiful not to take a picture - it was simply stunning! Makes a change from the rain & wind http://t.co/giol7kWVCd— @BiscuitSnail 05 January 2014
@Bournemouthecho well it's a beautiful start with this stunning sky http://t.co/6E38Y8VsF6— @GoldhillOrganic 05 January 2014
COURSE IS CLOSED TODAY. Sorry for any inconvenience— @dudsburygc 05 January 2014
#Sunrise #Swanage Peveril Point - To be fair, I wasn't expecting that this morning. Nice change from the rain http://t.co/zafUurXQob— @fazanders 05 January 2014
The calm before the next deluge. #Bournemouthbeach http://t.co/AxFqlgOqFz— @Up_To_Speed 05 January 2014
46 flood warnings & 61 flood alerts in south west. Our website updates every 15 min -be safe, be prepared http://t.co/jPprZnsd6w #floodaware— @EnvAgencySW 05 January 2014
Lots of gorgeous sunrise photographs on Twitter:
Wow!! Just keeps getting better - less than a minute after the last shot: #nofilter http://t.co/mluLXsfm4w— @purpurcathvian 05 January 2014
And Environment Agency has issued flood warnings for the River Avon and River Stour.
On the plus side, the severe flood warning at Iford Bridge has been downgraded to a flood warning.
There are also yellow warning for rain in place.
Official Met Office statement reads:
Quite widespread accumulations of 10-15mm are likely across southern areas, and locally in excess of 30mm is possible over some higher ground.
This additional rainfall, following the recent very wet weather means that the public should be aware of an increased risk of both surface water and river flooding as well as disruption to transport.
Flooding has closed the A30 and the A35 this morning.
The A30 is shut at Shaftesbury at the Nyland Lane junction, while one lane of the eastbound A35 Upton Bypass has been closed between the Bakers Arms roundabout and the A350 junction.
There is also flooding on the A35 near Bloxworth, the A354 at Pimperne, the B3081 in Tollard Royal and the B3075 in Stoborough near Wareham.
Good morning! It's been a frosty start for a lot of you following yesterday's deluge - but unfortunately it looks like the bad weather is set to make an appearance again this afternoon
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