Live updates: Dorset on amber alert, severe flood warning for Iford and county braced for coastal flooding

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  • Environment Agency issue amber storm warning for the county
  • Severe flood warning still in force for the lower Stour at Iford
  • Met Office yellow weather warning for wind and warn of coastal flooding with gusts possibly reaching up to 70mph
  • The Avon Causeway has been closed

8:01pm

Here's the video footage of Iford as promised earlier, sorry for the wait!

6:54pm

A flood warning has been issued by the Environment Agency for Christchurch Harbour Side.

The time of the forecast high water is 5am tomorrow and is most relevant for the undefended areas of Christchurch around Willow Way and areas of Stanpit and Mudeford.

The forecast wind direction is south westerly and wind strength is Force 7.

The Quomps and Wick areas could also be affected.
 

6:18pm

We've heard from our reporter Katie says water is currently being pumped from Maundeville Crescent in Christchurch after residents became concerned about rising water getting into their homes.

6:17pm

We will have some video footage of Iford from earlier today online for you very shortly

6:16pm

Don't forget the Met Office's 'yellow' warning for wind and rain remains in force until just before midnight tomorrow.

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If you're aware of any other roads closed that aren't on our traffic feed then let us know in the comments below.

5:41pm

CHRISTCHURCH councillor Colin Bungey said residents in Maundeville Crescent are becoming increasingly worried due to rising water getting closer to their homes.

Cllr Bungey said there are around six inches of water in the close, which is off Barrack Road, and the water levels are rising.

Due to the heavy rain, water has run off St Catherine’s Hill and through the channels down into Bernards Mead, which is sandwiched between the residential properties and the River Stour at Iford.

Cllr Bungey said the water can’t escape from the mead and needs pumping back into the Stour.

“I spoke to the Environment Agency an hour ago but I haven’t had any response yet.

“Water is still coming up.

“What concerns is that this is not from the river; this is rain water that usually comes out at Bernard’s Mead.

“But when the river is in full flood the flood flap there cannot open and the water builds up and floods out onto the mead.

“In normal circumstances it is gone again but because the river is in constant flood that can’t open and we are still getting rain.

“All the rain from the St Catherine’s Hill area is channelling down to it.

“A lot of people are beginning to get quite worried.”

He added: “They need to put a couple of pumps at the top of the bank and put it back into the river.

“All the street lights have gone out as they were under water ever since Christmas Day.

“I’m not sure how long we can go without any further action.”

5:04pm

The Avon Causeway has been closed due to flooding, we have now been told

4:52pm

We're just trying to establish the situation with the Avon Causeway as we've heard that this has now been closed.

 

4:25pm

The A354 Blandford Hill at Milborne St Andrew has now been reopened after earlier flooding was cleared

3:59pm

The Environment Agency has updated their website and now three severe flood warnings have been issued, all for Dorset.

The warning for Iford Bridge Home Park remains in force and the other two warnings are for Chiswell and Preston Beach to the west of the county.

Dorset is the only county to be be issued with severe flood warnings.

 

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We've heard from Neil Farmer, Strategic Director at Christchurch and East Dorset Councils, about storm damage at Mudeford:

“Our Coastal Engineering team were made aware of damage to the promenade at Mudeford this morning and have made the area safe with fencing. Storm damage at Avon Beach will be addressed as soon as it is safe to do so. We are continuing to monitor Council land and assets during this period of severe weather and are carrying out minor repairs where appropriate and possible.”

3:25pm

Some more statistics for you; Borough of Poole say they have dealt with over 180 reports of damaged trees and 16 reports of flooded areas in Poole in the last two weeks.

3:18pm

Hail is coming down very heavily now here in Bournemouth

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2:58pm

The Environment Agency have said there is a 'high' overall flood risk for Dorset for coastal flooding today and tomorrow.

They have posted the following summery on their site, which is valid from 3pm today:

There is a HIGH overall flood risk for Dorset for coastal flooding with a high likelihood of severe impacts from coastal flooding in Chesil Beach and Preston Beach coastline later today and into tomorrow morning.

Severe disruption is possible with a high risk to life and flooding expected to a large amount of properties along this coastline, mainly from Weymouth to Portland, caused by large waves and strong onshore winds expected along this coast this evening.

There is also a LOW risk of coastal flooding along the Welsh and northwest coast of England today. Large waves and strong winds may lead to minor disruption for coastal communities along this coastline, which may include overtopping of coastal promenades, flooding to roads along seafronts.

There is a medium likelihood of significant impacts from ongoing groundwater flooding in parts of Dorset and south Wiltshire throughout the next five days.

Furthermore slower responding rivers in parts of the south of England are continuing to respond to previous days rainfall. There is a medium likelihood of significant disruption along the lower reaches of the Hampshire Avon and River Stour in Dorset today and through to Wednesday.

There is also significant flooding expected along the lower River Thames in Oxford and through its lower reaches into Buckinghamshire, Reading and Surrey today through to Friday. Further heavy showers across the south of England and also across the north of England and north Wales, may lead to some isolated minor surface water flooding and perhaps river flooding to these areas, with a LOW risk overall in these areas.

Groundwater levels across Dorset and south Wiltshire are very high, especially around the Cranborne Chase and Salisbury area. Groundwater levels are expected to continue to rise over the coming week as a result of above average rainfall in these parts through December.

Significant disruption is possible in these areas and may include flooding affecting parts of communities, significant travel disruption such as a number of road closures and septic tank and sewage management problems.

2:52pm

Look at this picture of the bins nearly buried in sand on Branksome Chine beach captured by Echo photographer Jon!

2:47pm

We've been tweeted this footage of high tide at Mudeford Quay earlier today:

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2:43pm

Not weather related but part of Falkland Square has been sealed off and shoppers and staff have been evacuated following reports of a 'bomb scare'. 

We're still getting more updates on this but what we do know at this stage is here

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Andy Lyons from Swanage RNLI tweeted us this picture of the sunrise on Sunday. We think it's stunning!
 

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Someone has just told us the Avon Causeway is badly flooded. Parts of it were quite bad this morning but it as obviously got worse since high tide at noon.

It is still open but caution is needed.

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There have been some issues with the traffic lights at Cooper Dean roundabout today.
 
 
 

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Our traffic feed is reporting the A354 Blandford Hill is blocked both ways due to flooding between Lane End (Milborne St Andrew) and A350 (Blandford Forum).

 

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Travel Dorset, Dorset County Council's traffic and information service, has said 277 flood reports have been submitted since January 1.

People can report road problems here

1:10pm

The Environment Agency has just updated their website but as of 1pm Iford Bridge Home Park still remains the only place to be issued with the severe warning. 

 

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1:00pm

We've added some more pictures to our flooding gallery, which you can find here

 

Bournemouth Echo:

Picture of the River Stour at Canford Magna by Jack Pease

If you'd like to send us a picture, email digital@bournemouthecho.co.uk, tweet us @Bournemouthecho, fill in the Send Your News form by clicking the green button above or text them to 80360, starting your message with BE.

Don't forget to include where your picture was taken and your name.

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12:13pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Arthur Maureen says

More action shots from Swanage please!!!

If you've got any "action shots" of Swanage please send them to digital@bournemouthecho.co.uk

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12:09pm

There has been 101mm of rain in the first few days of 2014 say the lovely people at Rainfall in Dorset
 

12:06pm

This is the 12noon update from the Environment Agency.
 
The severe flood warning at Iford Bridge Home Park remains in place for the moment.
 

12:05pm

In case you didn't see it yesterday - this weather-watcher was captured on camera by a member of the public despite numerous warnings to keep away from risky areas.

He was stood on Swanage Quay.

An RNLI spokesman told the Daily Echo: “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.”

Full story is here

Bournemouth Echo:

Picture from Andy Lyons, Swanage RNLI

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These stats are pretty incredible. Seems like it has been raining forever!
 

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Bournemouth Council have just released this up to date information about the ongoing flooding throughout the area.

At Iford
• some residents were allowed back briefly to collect belongings.  This was carefully controlled through a sign-in and out procedure.
• Site remains very dangerous and access is not permitted. 
• Overnight accommodation for a further two nights has been made for those residents who are unable to make their own arrangements.

Across the Borough
• We have had teams out & about checking risk areas throughout the weekend on a 24hour basis.  This includes visually monitoring river levels, flows and flooding; alerting householders to risks and liaising with residents to assess risk to property; deploying sandbags to protect property; implementing road closures where necessary; and dealing with fallen trees

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• Please stay away from the river Stour, do not attempt to access riverside walks or go anywhere near the river as it remains a threat to safety.
• Please don’t go to have a look at flooding – this is a risk to your personal safety and could endanger others
• Please do not attempt to drive through flood water, even if it appears passable
• Please respect road closures

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Bournemouth council say 24hour cover has been provided this weekend, checking at risk areas.
 

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11:24am Mon 6 Jan 14

BmthNewshound says

Thank you to the Echo for keeping everyone informed. The regular updates clearly demonstrating how the use of social media can be a benefit and not just a tool for idle gossip.

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There are delays in Castle Lane, Stour Road, Sopers Lane and Hurn Road at the moment Yellow Buses have told us.

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Dangerous trees and ‘exploding pavements’ brought drama to Highcliffe yesterday.
 
Police were forced to close Lymington Road around noon after reports of an underground explosion near the Co-op store.
 
 
Bournemouth Echo:
 

10:42am

Purbeck Police have sent this picture of the flooded causeway at Wareham. The road is still closed. 

Bournemouth Echo:

10:36am

Just had a resident from Burton saying drivers are ignoring the road closure on Stony Lane and still driving through the flood under the bridge.

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Thsi picture was tweeted by Daybreak presenter Richard Gaisford this morning of the bridge at Iford.
 
We are expecting an update on what is happening with the residents of Iford Bridge Home Park later this morning.
 

 

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Regarding the previous update, here is another picture of a resident from Stourbanks block of flats in Christchurch.

They have been out of their homes since Christmas Day and feel they live in "the land that time forgot".

10:20am

Residents at three blocks of flats in Christchurch have been out of their homes since Christmas Day.
 
Paul Richards, of Stourbanks in Conifer Close, Christchurch said home owners there feel they live in "the land that time forgot" while attention is focussed on nearby Iford Bridge.
 
Ground floor residents left their homes as floodwater started pouring in during the early hours of Christmas Day.
 
Residents of all 22 flats were warned by police to leave as floodwater threatened to swamp the site again on Sunday night and leave the buildings without power.
 

10:19am

Our story about seven horses being rescued from a flood-hit field in Burton, near Christchurch is here. 

 

Bournemouth Echo:

10:15am

Dorset Police are urging people not to ignore road closed signs and drive through flood water. The Environment Agency say just two feet of water is enough to float a car.

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There is some disruption on South West Trains this morning as well.

This is what our traffic feed is reporting: "Disruption on South West Trains between Southampton Central and Salisbury due to flooding between Redbridge and Romsey. Tickets being accepted on Southern and First Great Western services. The line between Redbridge and Romsey is currently blocked. There is no estimate for when a normal service will resume. Also affecting First Great Western."

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River levels on the Stour are still high today and could rise as a result of high tide this lunchtime.
 

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A power cut affecting homes in Hurn, Christchurch last night was sorted by engineers in the early hours of this morning.

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Mudeford Lane blocked due to flooding near West View Road. Local buses X1 and X2 are being diverted via Stanpit.

8:58am

The Met Office have just updated their warning for today to include heavy showers until just before midnight on Tuesday.

A spokesperson said: "Heavy showers, some of them combined with hail and thunder, will continue to affect parts of southern and southeastern England at times through the rest of Monday and Tuesday.

"The public should be aware of the risk of further localised flooding.

"The next 36 to 48 hours will see bands of showers running into southern coastal counties and across the southeast of England in particular.

"These have the potential to produce intense bursts of rain, quickly leading to localised impacts given the saturated ground.

"Hail will be an additional hazard associated with some of the heaviest showers.  It won't be raining all the time, with a significant drier interlude for some parts through the middle of Monday."

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Salisbury Road in Burton is very busy today due to the closure at Stony Lane in Burton.

Burton ward councillor Colin Jamieson said there are cars backed up trying to get onto the Christchurch bypass up to Sainsbury's.

8:29am

Kathryn Harris sent us this picture of the Bakers Arms from the weekend. The roundabout suffered more problems with flooding.

Read our story from last week about criticisms of the road following work to "improve" it.

Bournemouth Echo:

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Lerryn Gray sent us these photos of the River Stour at Granby Road car park entrance, Muscliffe.

Bournemouth Echo:

 

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8:13am

Some good news about the weather - we hope. 

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This doesn't sound too good. We'll try and find out more.
 

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High tide today is expected to be around 12noon at Christchurch and 12.15pm at Poole.

Bournemouth Echo:

7:45am

Stony Lane in Burton is still reportedly impassable due to flooding under the railway bridge. 

Here is a picture from yesterday

Bournemouth Echo:

7:42am

Roads in and out of Wareham are still suffering as a result of the floods. You can keep up to date with all our traffic information here 
 

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7:23am Mon 6 Jan 14

cheeriedriteup says

I assume all schools are open ?

As far as we are aware, all schools supposed to be open today, are open. Please let us know if you find out anything different.

7:30am

As well as the severe flood warning for Iford Bridge Home Park, there are various warnings for parts of the Lower Stour through Sturminster Marshall, Christchurch and Bournemouth this morning.

You can check out all the warnings from the Environment Agency here

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Check out the latest forecast here. 

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A spokesperson for the Met Office said: "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.

"A large, deep depression in the Atlantic is whipping waves up out at sea on Sunday, these coming into western and southern coastal areas of the UK as a large swell on Monday.

"Exceptionally high waves are expected, and whilst tides are past their peak of last week, they will still be high, bringing a risk of coastal flooding."

 

7:14am

Stapehill Road at Ferndown is closed due to flooding still so beware if usually taking this route.

7:12am

Ringwood Road at Longham is apparently open despite many traffic feeds saying it is shut this morning due to flooding. There is water on the road but it is passable with care.

7:08am

There is a lot of surface water on the roads this morning, which is difficult to see in areas not very well lit. The Avon Causeway is affected by this.

7:03am

The Environment Agency's severe flood warning for Iford Bridge is still in place this morning.

The warning is for the Iford Bridge Home Park, where residents remain evacuated from last week.

The warning means: "There is significant risk to life. Flooding may be rapid and flood water may be deep and fast flowing. There may be damage to roads. bridges and other utilities in your area. Water levels are likely to remain high for a a longer than normal period as there could be an influence from the high tide in the harbour."

6:59am

Good morning everyone. As most people return to work today we will be providing live updates on the weather situation and its impact around the county

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7:23am Mon 6 Jan 14

cheeriedriteup says...

I assume all schools are open ?
I assume all schools are open ? cheeriedriteup
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8:23am Mon 6 Jan 14

Hessenford says...

cheeriedriteup wrote:
I assume all schools are open ?
Surprisingly enough according to the website they are, mind you teachers have just had a couple of weeks off.
[quote][p][bold]cheeriedriteup[/bold] wrote: I assume all schools are open ?[/p][/quote]Surprisingly enough according to the website they are, mind you teachers have just had a couple of weeks off. Hessenford
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11:24am Mon 6 Jan 14

BmthNewshound says...

Thank you to the Echo for keeping everyone informed. The regular updates clearly demonstrating how the use of social media can be a benefit and not just a tool for idle gossip.
Thank you to the Echo for keeping everyone informed. The regular updates clearly demonstrating how the use of social media can be a benefit and not just a tool for idle gossip. BmthNewshound
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11:30am Mon 6 Jan 14

Controversial But True says...

Maybe a name change to 'High Fjord' Caravan Park is on the cards!!
Maybe a name change to 'High Fjord' Caravan Park is on the cards!! Controversial But True
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12:13pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Arthur Maureen says...

More action shots from Swanage please!!!
More action shots from Swanage please!!! Arthur Maureen
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2:23pm Mon 6 Jan 14

O'Reilly says...

Arthur Maureen wrote:
More action shots from Swanage please!!!
Are you a bit kinky?
[quote][p][bold]Arthur Maureen[/bold] wrote: More action shots from Swanage please!!![/p][/quote]Are you a bit kinky? O'Reilly
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7:13pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Fairfran says...

Blandford East Street flood is to do with a failed pump, which normally lifts the water from the brook into the main river, the part for the pump is in Somerset! Police closed the road at 1500 after the idiots driving through floodwater swilled it into East Street properties.
Blandford East Street flood is to do with a failed pump, which normally lifts the water from the brook into the main river, the part for the pump is in Somerset! Police closed the road at 1500 after the idiots driving through floodwater swilled it into East Street properties. Fairfran
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7:23pm Mon 6 Jan 14

hampreston harriet says...

Am I alone in finding it slightly scary that so many people are completely ignoring Road Closed signs, physically shifting the barriers that have been put there for their own safety? I've just looked out of my window onto the barriers at the Stapehill Road/Ham Lane junction to see that someone has once again moved them, leaving a huge gap for unsuspecting motorists to drive through from Ham Lane into the flood water, which is now about 2 feet deep in Stapehill Road.
Am I alone in finding it slightly scary that so many people are completely ignoring Road Closed signs, physically shifting the barriers that have been put there for their own safety? I've just looked out of my window onto the barriers at the Stapehill Road/Ham Lane junction to see that someone has once again moved them, leaving a huge gap for unsuspecting motorists to drive through from Ham Lane into the flood water, which is now about 2 feet deep in Stapehill Road. hampreston harriet
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