Live updates: Dorset on amber alert, severe flood warning for Iford and county braced for coastal flooding (From Bournemouth Echo)
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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
Here's the video footage of Iford as promised earlier, sorry for the wait!
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.
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.
We will have some video footage of Iford from earlier today online for you very shortly
Don't forget the Met Office's 'yellow' warning for wind and rain remains in force until just before midnight tomorrow.
@Bournemouthecho Our 'road' out of Hurn this afternoon at 2pm! #needwebbedfeet http://t.co/5FdtDWFBgp— @smurfing66 06 January 2014
@Bournemouthecho Newton Road in Sturminster Marshall flooded badly road is closed. http://t.co/kinXKrSpiR— @JaasmineFleming 06 January 2014
If you're aware of any other roads closed that aren't on our traffic feed then let us know in the comments below.
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.”
The Avon Causeway has been closed due to flooding, we have now been told
We're just trying to establish the situation with the Avon Causeway as we've heard that this has now been closed.
The A354 Blandford Hill at Milborne St Andrew has now been reopened after earlier flooding was cleared
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.
RT @KeithSpsi: @Bournemouthecho A boat broken away from it's mooring ending up in someone's back garden - Mudeford http://t.co/waV2tJW7iR— @Bournemouthecho 06 January 2014
@Bournemouthecho just been down the end of Bournemouth Pier! It's a bit choppy! http://t.co/v7QXzlxSCy http://t.co/ecbn6oqeQh— @ianrathbone 06 January 2014
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.”
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.
Hail is coming down very heavily now here in Bournemouth
Looking towards the A31 from Canford School. @Bournemouthecho - http://t.co/En6C2fBh7Z— @KingSi 06 January 2014
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.
We've been tweeted this footage of high tide at Mudeford Quay earlier today:
River Frome in Wareham (5.1.14) #flooding @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/i41XXf2acX— @SKCPhotos 06 January 2014
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
The Kinson Community Foodbank is still open despite last nights flooding at St Andrew's church in Kinson. @Bournemouthecho— @RichardBmthEcho 06 January 2014
@Bournemouthecho stony lane by two rivers meet is nearly flooded all the way across!— @krystilauren123 06 January 2014
Staff are working 24/7 to minimise disruption caused by severe weather. Please #takecare and find out what's going on http://t.co/QH9w3R5jG0— @BoroughofPoole 06 January 2014
@Bournemouthecho My fave of the Sunday morning sunrise at Peveril Point http://t.co/s2qKdmjoqR— @fazanders 06 January 2014
Wind howling and rain threatening this lunchtime on Upton Heath #dwtuh http://t.co/0QkndRnpLI— @DorsetWildlife 06 January 2014
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.
Some of the traffic lights are out of action at Cooper Dean roundabout. Drivers are being cautious and traffic is moving. @Bournemouthecho— @echodaz 06 January 2014
Traffic lights out at Cooper Dean, drivers being very considerate. @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/16kcvXFBWx— @RichardBmthEcho 06 January 2014
I sense my route back home will be re-flooding as I speak - torrential cloudburst made horizontal by gale here in Bournemouth :(— @Loumat33 06 January 2014
The flood warning for Wareham has been reissued, so service 40 will still be diverting via Wareham bypass. We apologise for inconvenience.— @Morebusco 06 January 2014
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).
Another photo from our earlier incident at #TarrantMonkton please steer clear of all flood water #thinkdontsink http://t.co/9i5NKOqCNY— @DorsetFire 06 January 2014
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
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.
Photo taken at rescue in #TarrantMonkton please do not drive into any flood water - 30cm is enough to float your car http://t.co/y9BjoRVQU5— @DorsetFire 06 January 2014
1 male rescued from car trapped in flowing flood water nr Tarrant Monkton. Please don't drive into flood water #ThinkDontSink #dorsetweather— @DorsetFire 06 January 2014
We've added some more pictures to our flooding gallery, which you can find here
Picture of the River Stour at Canford Magna by Jack Pease
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Around high tide at Iford Bridge. River very swollen but not as bad as at Christmas @Bournemouthecho— @echodaz 06 January 2014
1 male rescued from car trapped in flowing flood water nr Tarrant Monkton. Please don't drive into flood water #ThinkDontSink #dorsetweather— @DorsetFire 06 January 2014
Water running through Iford Bridge Park @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/ES6IqpP6ZS— @RichardBmthEcho 06 January 2014
Water running through Iford Bridge Park @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/BHGSzi3cWz— @RichardBmthEcho 06 January 2014
12:13pm Mon 6 Jan 14
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Water running through Iford Bridge Park @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/274knI9aGG— @RichardBmthEcho 06 January 2014
@CALDER1212 @Bournemouthecho 101mm so far for 2014— @RainfallDorset 06 January 2014
Update 1200 One Severe flood warning, 34 Flood warnings and 49 Flood alerts in the south west Latest: http://t.co/xlEbgPM2QS #floodaware— @EnvAgencySW 06 January 2014
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.”
Picture from Andy Lyons, Swanage RNLI
@RainfallDorset @Bournemouthecho must pushing another 70-80mm in the first week of jan to?— @CALDER1212 06 January 2014
Our view and wonderful sunrise yesterday morning from our airbase! Before the weather came in that is! http://t.co/nMuDDcKcEN— @dsairambulance 06 January 2014
December rainfall total 242.5mm ~18 wet days, 13 dry days. Wettest month in the last 6 years, previous wettest, November 2009 with 233.5mm— @RainfallDorset 06 January 2014
15 Wet days (13th Dec-27th Dec) ~ Was our longest consecutive days with rain in the last 6 years, with 220.5mm of rain #dorset #weather— @RainfallDorset 06 January 2014
All roads in Poole are open following the heavy rain and flooding. Cabot Lane is passable but #takecare if you're in that area.— @BoroughofPoole 06 January 2014
Bournemouth Council have just released this up to date information about the ongoing flooding throughout the area.
• 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
• 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
#floods #storms Over the w/e our staff have been visually monitoring river levels, flows and flooding and alerting householders to risks.— @bournemouthbc 06 January 2014
#floods #storms We have had teams out & about checking risk areas throughout the weekend on a 24hour basis.— @bournemouthbc 06 January 2014
11:24am Mon 6 Jan 14
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.
#floods #iford Overnight accommodation for two more nights been made for those residents who are unable to make their own arrangements.— @bournemouthbc 06 January 2014
#floods #iford Some residents allowed monitored return briefly to collect belongings over the w/e. Site remains out of bounds due to risks.— @bournemouthbc 06 January 2014
B3081 Tollard Royal - flooding between Sixpenny Handley and Shaftesbury. Vehicles reportedly getting stuck in the water.— @TravelDorset 06 January 2014
There are delays in Castle Lane, Stour Road, Sopers Lane and Hurn Road at the moment Yellow Buses have told us.
#yellowsupdate 1100 Services 2 2a 2b 3 Congestion in Castle Lane causing delays of around 30 minutes - we... http://t.co/1g5xPo3CXr— @YellowBuses 06 January 2014
Eek, water level looks dangerously close to the Spur Road at Blackwater Junction.— @EmmaDailyEcho 06 January 2014
@bournemouthecho due to stormy weather and heavy seas promenade has disintegrated at Avon Beach leaving a gaping hole http://t.co/IblCG9QLbX— @LesleyMDedman 06 January 2014
#floods Cranleigh Road, Southbourne (under railway bridge) closed due to flooding. Teams on site pumping water away to clear road asap.— @bournemouthbc 06 January 2014
Cars taking it carefully on the Avon Causeway. @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/JH7sqE5oFg— @RichardBmthEcho 06 January 2014
Water water everywhere over the Avon Causeway this morning @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/TdeJGJPioY— @RichardBmthEcho 06 January 2014
@Bournemouthecho The pavement movement and tree danger in Highcliffe yesterday were situations controlled quickly and well by all services— @LesleyMDedman 06 January 2014
Purbeck Police have sent this picture of the flooded causeway at Wareham. The road is still closed.
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.
Spoke to resident of Conifer Close who left home to escape floodwater in early hours of Xmas Day. His flat is wrecked. @bournemouthecho— @echodaz 06 January 2014
Bridge Over Troubling Water. River Stour near Bournemouth running very high and very fast. Homes evacuated. http://t.co/iYbnxbxG4g— @richardgaisford 06 January 2014
Residents of flats in Conifer Close, Christchurch, were warned by police last night that floods could get into buildings and take out power.— @echodaz 06 January 2014
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".
Eric Matthews stands on his patio overlooking the floods surrounding his Conifer Close flat. @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/ExDvlrWIjy— @RichardBmthEcho 06 January 2014
Paul Richards outside his block of flats surrounded by food water at Conifer close @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/LRgdUPqIjB— @RichardBmthEcho 06 January 2014
Our story about seven horses being rescued from a flood-hit field in Burton, near Christchurch is here.
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.
Please follow safety advice and do not ignore road closures #floodaware— @BlandfordSNT 06 January 2014
#WestByfleet. The tree has been cleared and the line has now opened.— @SW_Trains 06 January 2014
@Bournemouthecho water still rising around us, but town centre is dry. #wareham http://t.co/xnWGoZB2XE— @Phishtitz 06 January 2014
#dorsettrains - some disruption on the trains to and from the Capital because a tree has fallen on the line between Surbiton and Woking.— @TravelDorset 06 January 2014
@Bournemouthecho Reports of Wareham town centre under water are exaggerated. Lots of water around us but town centre is dry.— @_jonbooth 06 January 2014
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."
Services are being disrupted at #WestByfleet, #Hamble, #Egham, #LondonRoad, #Romsey & #Fulwell. See here for details: http://t.co/vsUrWUufmT— @SW_Trains 06 January 2014
Update: 0930 One Severe flood warning, 35 flood warnings and 62 flood alerts in south west. Latest: http://t.co/ct3DNRhNS5 #floodaware— @EnvAgencySW 06 January 2014
@Traffic_SouthE Hightown Rd in Ringwood is almost completely blocked off with standing water. Diversion through Crow Arch Lane is available— @Chrishood57 06 January 2014
Waste collection crews are unable to access Milborne St Andrew. We will carry out collections as soon as conditions allow #dorsetfloods— @dorsetforyou 06 January 2014
The lower Stour Valley this morning #Dorset http://t.co/bLjK0yuXyP— @DorsetExcursion 06 January 2014
A power cut affecting homes in Hurn, Christchurch last night was sorted by engineers in the early hours of this morning.
Update #Christchurch- Power has now been restored to all homes affected. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.— @southernelecPD 06 January 2014
@Bournemouthecho 5th fairway submerged @parleygolf #floods #riverstour http://t.co/lEsyurYMM9— @parleygolf 06 January 2014
Mudeford Lane blocked due to flooding near West View Road. Local buses X1 and X2 are being diverted via Stanpit.
@Bournemouthecho Mudeford lane closed because of floods at Queens Rd past Stroud Ln & not at West view rd— @KeithSpsi 06 January 2014
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."
B3073 Longham to Canford Bottom delays at over 15 minutes at the moment.— @TravelDorset 06 January 2014
#A31 - no incidents at Canford Bottom Roundabout, 40+ min delays eastbound is just shear volume of traffic.— @TravelDorset 06 January 2014
@Bournemouthecho the river stour. http://t.co/7DeQf8P3NF— @jaggard_hawkins 06 January 2014
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.
Kathryn Harris sent us this picture of the Bakers Arms from the weekend. The roundabout suffered more problems with flooding.
Reports that drivers are ignoring road closed signs in areas around the county. They're out there for your own safety.— @TravelDorset 06 January 2014
Lerryn Gray sent us these photos of the River Stour at Granby Road car park entrance, Muscliffe.
Some good news about the weather - we hope.
Good News - The weather is improving from tomorrow. Less wind and rain, but many rural roads will take time before flood water has drained.— @DorsetTransport 06 January 2014
Sherborne - B3145 New Road - blocked due to a landslip http://t.co/R5zqR81nDW— @TravelDorset 06 January 2014
Wareham town centre underwater :-(— @AFCB_B5 06 January 2014
We've been informed that Mudeford Lane is flooded, X1&X2 diverting via Stanpit in both directions. We apologise for any inconvenience caused— @Morebusco 06 January 2014
#dorsettrains - good service reported on the trains in our area. Check for any updates before you travel. http://t.co/z8LNhKbtMy— @TravelDorset 06 January 2014
High tide today is expected to be around 12noon at Christchurch and 12.15pm at Poole.
Stony Lane in Burton is still reportedly impassable due to flooding under the railway bridge.
Here is a picture from yesterday
We've been informed that Wareham town centre is still flooded, so service 40 will again be diverting via the bypass.— @Morebusco 06 January 2014
Windy with heavy blustery showers today, could be dry for a time late morning/early afternoon. Gusts of 60mph possible. Be careful!— @DorsetSnow 06 January 2014
Take great care on the A35 Upton By-Pass, particularly at the Bakers Arms roundabout, due to flooding.— @DorsetTransport 06 January 2014
7:23am Mon 6 Jan 14
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.
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
A348 Ringwood Road has reopened both directions between Longham and Bear Cross Roundabout.— @TravelDorset 06 January 2014
Longham Bridge has reopened, so route X6 is returning to normal route.— @Morebusco 06 January 2014
#A338 #FORDINGBRIDGE - Closed between Fordingbridge and Lower Burgate due to flooding. Diversion in place. Expect delays.— @ROMANSE 06 January 2014
A windy day with some blustery and heavy showers, winds of upto 60mph could cause some coastal flooding.— @Dorset_Weather 06 January 2014
Check out the latest forecast here.
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."
Stapehill Road at Ferndown is closed due to flooding still so beware if usually taking this route.
Stapehill road still closed this morning. @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/Ma2IAHgBxV— @RichardBmthEcho 06 January 2014
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.
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.
Lots of water on the roads be careful. #iford @dorset_eye @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/CkiQM0wcOP— @harrychaplins 06 January 2014
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."
Severe Flood Warning remains for Iford Bridge Home Park - Severe means danger to life. More info http://t.co/z9kRljJgoC #floodaware— @EnvAgencySW 06 January 2014
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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