Live updates: Severe flood warning for Iford is downgraded

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  • Severe flood warning for Iford has been downgraded
  • Met Office issue yellow weather warning for heavy rain throughout Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Many roads still closed due to flooding

6:13pm

We're going to keep the blog running for tonight just in case there's anything else that crops up we need to tell you about. Take care if you're out on the roads this evening.

6:07pm

Our traffic feed is still showing a number of roads closed due to flooding, including Stony Lane, the Avon Causeway and the A338 Northbound between Salisbury Road and Fryern Court Road.

You can find the latest traffic and travel information here

5:51pm

You can read more about the delays getting out of Bournemouth Hospital in our story here

5:29pm

5:26pm

Another aerial picture by Gary Ellson for you of horses in the water near Hurn:

Bournemouth Echo:

5:18pm

We've just had this picture back from Corin of the traffic queues around by Bournemouth Hospital

Bournemouth Echo:

5:16pm

We're still trying to establish what's behind the hold-ups at Bournemouth Hospital this afternoon. 

We've spoken to the police and they are there are no reported incidents and Bournemouth Council say it's not roadworks so if you can shed any light on this let us know in the comments below.

4:37pm

And here's a picture of Tuckton Tea Gardens by Gary Ellson:

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4:35pm

We've had some aerial shots sent over from Gary Ellson of Bournemouth Helicopters, which show the scale of the flooding.

Here's a picture of Christchurch from earlier today:

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And here's the view of Ringwood:

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4:17pm

We've just been tweeted by someone who says Stony Lane has been shut by Currys and B&Q with no entry from Christchurch bypass.

We've just put a call in to see what we can find out on this.

4:11pm

The Environment Agency has downgraded the severe flood warning for Iford.

An update posted on their website at 4.02pm says: The Severe Flood Warning has been downgraded to a Flood Warning. Water levels are dropping but will remain high for the next few days. Further rainfall is expected over the next few days that mean that levels will rise again.

4:05pm

We've spoken to Bournemouth Borough Council in the last few minutes to clarify the position at Iford Bridge Home Park. They say that, although some homes have been badly damaged, a decision on whether any will be condemned will be made by insurers, who have yet to assess the site.

3:58pm

Not weather related but we've heard from a lady who's been trying to get out of Bournemouth Hospital car park for the past hour.

We're just trying to see what we can find out on this as no hold-ups are being reported on our traffic feed.

3:46pm

3:39pm

We've heard Mudeford Lane is no longer blocked 

3:32pm

Bournemouth Council has said water levels are likely to peak at Iford Bridge at 8am on Thursday. They are urging residents not to return to their homes until then.
 
 

3:29pm

The severe flood warnings for Preston Beach and Chiswell have now been downgraded.

A message on the Environment Agency website says for Preston Beach and Chiswell says: A Flood Warning is now in place for tonight's tide. The Flood Warning will remain in force for two hours following the time of high tide. The time and date of the forecast high water for which this Flood Warning is in force is : 11:00 pm (Local time) on 07/01/2014 ( 23:00 GMT). The forecast wind direction is South West The forecast wind strength is Force 5.

3:25pm

The flood warning for Iford still remains in place at this stage, although we did hear earlier it was expected to be lifted today.

Iford is the only place to be issued with a severe flood warning, meaning there is a "danger to life". We'll update you as soon as we hear anything new on this. 

2:51pm

2:38pm

2:03pm

Firefighters were called out as trees were being blown onto cables at Winterbourne Kingston, near Bere Regis.
A fire crew from Blandford stood by at the scene in Bere Road as a precaution at 1.49pm until engineers from Scottish and Southern Energy arrived.

1:41pm

Our traffic feed is reporting the A337 Lyndhurst Road is blocked both ways due to an overturned car and trailer between B3055 Balmer Lawn Road (Brockenhurst) and A35 Gosport Lane (Lyndhurst). A tractor has fallen off the trailer.

 

1:38pm

The Royal Voluntary Service is calling on the public to make sure their older friends, family and neighbours have everything they need to stay safe and well.

David McCullough, Chief Executive of Royal Voluntary Service, said: “Severe weather can have a devastating effect on the health and safety of older people, so it’s vital that friends, family and neighbours check in on older people in their town and offer to help where they can. Simple things like making sure older people have enough food in the house and offering someone a lift to a doctor’s appointment or to the shops can make a huge difference during the inclement weather.”

To find out more about how you can help older people in your area or to request help, visit royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk or call 0845 600 5885.

 

1:19pm

We've just been tweeted this rather dramatic picture of flooding at Stony Lane under the railway bridge by Sue Bussell.

This photo was taken at around 12.30pm today and Sue says water is up to the kerbside and running into the road from the stream.

Bournemouth Echo:

1:14pm

1:07pm

We've updated our story on the damaged totem on the Twin Sails

One lane has been temporarily closed to traffic while works are carried out as a crane is being used to support the totem. 

A spokesperson from Poole Council said they expect the work will take most of the day as they will check all the other totems to ensure they are safe.

1:00pm

12:58pm

Borough of Poole is advising motorists use Poole Bridge because of the damaged totem at the Twin Sails

12:39pm

If you're thinking of venturing out to Upton Heath, here's an update from Dorset Wildlife Trust:
 

12:26pm

12:17pm

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12:09pm

Part of the Twin Sails bridge in Poole has been damaged by the high winds

Story so far is here

Bournemouth Echo:

12:06pm

The RNLI have told us that 18 members of the south West RNLI Flood Rescue Team were deployed to Dorset overnight to join a multi-agency reaction to rising water levels.

The group of trained volunteers from the charity were based at Christchurch Fire Station but travelled as far as Wimborne St Giles and north of Chichester to make sure people were safe.

Tom Mansell, Flood Rescue Team Manager in the south west said: "We were called to make sure people were safe and accounted for in the treacherous conditions.

"This involved wading through the rising water which was running at speed so our training was vital, but we were able to play our part in providing the community with multi-agency protection. Fortunately everyone was accounted for and we were able to return to our base."

The south west RNLI Flood Rescue Team, which is sponsored by Toolstation of Bridgwater in Somerset, is made up of volunteers from across the charity.

Amongst those who responded last night were volunteers from Looe, Rock and Saltash in Cornwall, Dartmouth in Devon, Lyme Regis, Swanage, Weymouth and the RNLI Headquarters in Poole, Dorset, Portsmouth, Calshot and Lymington in Hampshire. 

At present the team are still at Christchurch fire station.

Bournemouth Echo:

11:58am

Daily Echo photographer Corin Messer has also sent this picture back from Baiter Park this morning. The sun is out! 

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11:47am

This picture is from our sister paper Dorset Echo
 

11:45am

11:39am

11:36am

There are still three severe flood warnings in place for Dorset - the only severe flood warnings in the UK. They remain at Iford, Chiswell and Preston Beach.
 

11:26am

This is one of the pictures sent to us from Jessica Bone. The image shows just how swollen the River Allen at Wimborne is 

Bournemouth Echo:

11:19am

Last night Dorset Fire and Rescue brought in more rescue kit in case of further emergencies in the county.

11:17am

11:11am

11:05am

Here is some lovely video sent in by Derek Greogory of his grandson Ben rafting down a flooded Stapehill Road in Hampreston. 

11:03am

11:00am

10:57am

We've been sent these pictures of a fallen silver birch tree, which narrowly missed a bungalow in Cheviot Way, Verwood.

Ken Nicklen says the parked cars adjacent were also at risk a couple of weeks ago when a silver birch tree growing alongside was blown down in the opposite direction.

Bournemouth Echo:

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10:43am

10:38am

This is the latest update from the Environment Agency. Although the Severe Flood Warning could be lifted later, say Bournemouth Council, it is still in place at the moment.
 

10:37am

This was the scene in Maundeville Crescent, Christchurch on Monday night as residents feared their homes would be flooded. Thankfully last night, emergency pumps were brought in to remove the water. 

The road is close to the River Stour and next to Bernards Mead, which is under inches of water due to the Stour at Iford bursting its banks.

Bournemouth Echo:

10:30am

Not really sure what is causing this but as soon as we have some information, we'll let you know.

 

10:23am

10:19am

There are still a number of flood warnings in place for the area including Christchurch Harbour, the River Avon from Ringwood to Christchurch, Beaulieu Garden Park Home site at Christchurch and other locations along the River Stour from Sturminster Newton to Christchurch.

For a full list of flood warnings, click here 

10:12am

10:11am

Clenston Road, Winterborne Stickland - Flooding on Clenston Road near Dunbury Lane / North Street.

10:09am

10:07am

10:06am

This is the latest from Bournemouth Council: 

• The EA Severe Flood Warning for Iford is expected to lifted today
• However, due to the significant rainfall experienced and the anticipated effects of this on river levels and flooding, residents are advised not to return to the site overnight until the all clear has been given.

10:05am

9:59am

9:58am

Brian Terry also sent us this shot of high tide at Shore Road in Poole yesterday

Bournemouth Echo:

9:57am

We've had this warning from a reader this morning...

...Winterborne Kingston and Whitechurch near Blandford

The river Winterborne is flowing down the roads. It is not standing water it is a moving river. Please don't drive through flood water. The wash can push into peoples homes. Always drive with care and attention.

 

9:55am

This was causing some problems earlier on the Wessex Way -

One lane blocked and queueing traffic due to accident on A338 Northbound before A3060 Castle Lane West (Cooper Dean Roundabout), congestion to A3049 Richmond Park Road (Springbourne Roundabout).

 

9:52am

Mudeford Lane in Christchurch is also still blocked due to flooding.

You can get up to date traffic information here

9:51am

 

9:50am

So we may have a brief respite from rain at the end of this week but snow could be on the way next week
 

9:48am

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9:46am

9:45am

The Avon Causeway is also still closed due to flooding between Matchams Lane and Sopley.

It is causing traffic problems on the Christchurch bypass from Highcliffe to Stony Lane roundabout as Burton residents are using Salisbury Road to get out and about as Stony Lane is also closed.

Here is a picture from yesterday, just before the road was closed.

Bournemouth Echo:

9:40am

9:38am

We've been sent this picture from Hayley Allen of an unusual school run method perfectly designed for this wet weather

It was taken at Stapehill Road in Hampreston, which is still closed due to flooding

Bournemouth Echo:

9:36am

This is also from west of the county but may affect people who have families there or working that way
 

9:33am

Near Weymouth, Preston Beach Road will be closing again due to tidal flooding

9:32am

Stony Lane in Burton is still closed due to flooding. Someone has also placed a tree branch across the road to ensure drivers do not try and go down the road and get stuck.

Bournemouth Echo:

9:28am

You can read the latest in our story here

Bournemouth Echo:

9:26am

Here is the latest from The Met Office on what the weather system will bring to Dorset today.

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: “Heavy showers, some of them combined with hail and thunder, will continue to affect parts of southern England at times through the rest of Monday, Tuesday and early Wednesday.

“The public should be aware of the risk of further localised flooding, especially in areas which have been affected in recent days.”

The chief forecaster added: “Further bands of showers running into southern counties have the potential to produce intense bursts of rain, these quickly leading to localised impacts given the very saturated ground.

"Hail will be an additional hazard associated with some of the heaviest showers.

"It won't be raining all the time, with some drier interludes likely but on the other hand, longer spells of rain may occur, more particularly in the southeast overnight into Tuesday and again, perhaps more widely, overnight into Wednesday.

"15 to 25 mm may fall in around 6 hours at any time through this period, with overall 36-hour totals perhaps exceeding 40 mm at a few localities.”

9:20am

The Environment Agency severe flood warning remains in place for Iford, with two others also issued for Dorset - at Chiswell and Preston Beach.

9:19am

Morning everyone. It's still incredibly wet and wild out there this morning and roads are still closed due to flooding.

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2:10pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Imaximus says...

Yawn.....
Yawn..... Imaximus
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3:24pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Turtlebay says...

Heavy rain and gales today? Where? I went across to Poole this morning and it was a lovely balmy day with temp about 11 Celsius and no wind and I sat in the sunshine.
Where are the Echo's offices, in a dungeon?
Heavy rain and gales today? Where? I went across to Poole this morning and it was a lovely balmy day with temp about 11 Celsius and no wind and I sat in the sunshine. Where are the Echo's offices, in a dungeon? Turtlebay
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3:54pm Tue 7 Jan 14

chrisii1991 says...

Poole park is a disgrace!! why arent the maintenance staff doing anything?? this morning they were weeding. how is that clearing the drains!!
Poole park is a disgrace!! why arent the maintenance staff doing anything?? this morning they were weeding. how is that clearing the drains!! chrisii1991
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5:24pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Telscombe Cliffy says...

I was held up in Barrack road around 4-30 by temporary traffic lights by KFC. This was causing tailbacks then.(Both ways). They might be gone by now but caused it initially. If the Avon Causeway is closed that will cause extra traffic though Christchurch too.
I was held up in Barrack road around 4-30 by temporary traffic lights by KFC. This was causing tailbacks then.(Both ways). They might be gone by now but caused it initially. If the Avon Causeway is closed that will cause extra traffic though Christchurch too. Telscombe Cliffy
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6:55pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Frustrated Queuer says...

Traffic regularly queues by the Hospital because there are people from the Courts, Ageas50, Village, Teachers, the Hospital multi-story and the main Hospital car park all trying to get out of Deansleigh Road, there is just too much traffic for this small stretch of road to handle.

This is made worse by inconsiderate drivers travelling Christchurch way from the Cooperdean. They see that there is a queue along Castle Lane East and so decide to try and jump this by turning left at the hospital, doing a u-turn on the 1st roundabout and then continuing towards Christchurch. This completely blocks that roundabout and everyone trying to just make it out onto Castle Lane. There are other ways of getting to Christchurch but only one way out of Deansleigh Road!

Something needs to be done to help manage traffic flow, this has been a problem for too long!
Traffic regularly queues by the Hospital because there are people from the Courts, Ageas50, Village, Teachers, the Hospital multi-story and the main Hospital car park all trying to get out of Deansleigh Road, there is just too much traffic for this small stretch of road to handle. This is made worse by inconsiderate drivers travelling Christchurch way from the Cooperdean. They see that there is a queue along Castle Lane East and so decide to try and jump this by turning left at the hospital, doing a u-turn on the 1st roundabout and then continuing towards Christchurch. This completely blocks that roundabout and everyone trying to just make it out onto Castle Lane. There are other ways of getting to Christchurch but only one way out of Deansleigh Road! Something needs to be done to help manage traffic flow, this has been a problem for too long! Frustrated Queuer
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7:05pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Frustrated Queuer says...

Frustrated Queuer wrote:
Traffic regularly queues by the Hospital because there are people from the Courts, Ageas50, Village, Teachers, the Hospital multi-story and the main Hospital car park all trying to get out of Deansleigh Road, there is just too much traffic for this small stretch of road to handle. This is made worse by inconsiderate drivers travelling Christchurch way from the Cooperdean. They see that there is a queue along Castle Lane East and so decide to try and jump this by turning left at the hospital, doing a u-turn on the 1st roundabout and then continuing towards Christchurch. This completely blocks that roundabout and everyone trying to just make it out onto Castle Lane. There are other ways of getting to Christchurch but only one way out of Deansleigh Road! Something needs to be done to help manage traffic flow, this has been a problem for too long!
p.s...the picture supplied by Corin shows some of these drivers doing exactly that!

You will notice in the background that there is space in the two lanes for people wanting to turn right onto Castle Lane towards the Cooperdean but we simply can't reach these lanes because of drivers blocking the roundabout!
[quote][p][bold]Frustrated Queuer[/bold] wrote: Traffic regularly queues by the Hospital because there are people from the Courts, Ageas50, Village, Teachers, the Hospital multi-story and the main Hospital car park all trying to get out of Deansleigh Road, there is just too much traffic for this small stretch of road to handle. This is made worse by inconsiderate drivers travelling Christchurch way from the Cooperdean. They see that there is a queue along Castle Lane East and so decide to try and jump this by turning left at the hospital, doing a u-turn on the 1st roundabout and then continuing towards Christchurch. This completely blocks that roundabout and everyone trying to just make it out onto Castle Lane. There are other ways of getting to Christchurch but only one way out of Deansleigh Road! Something needs to be done to help manage traffic flow, this has been a problem for too long![/p][/quote]p.s...the picture supplied by Corin shows some of these drivers doing exactly that! You will notice in the background that there is space in the two lanes for people wanting to turn right onto Castle Lane towards the Cooperdean but we simply can't reach these lanes because of drivers blocking the roundabout! Frustrated Queuer
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12:48am Wed 8 Jan 14

donna1982 says...

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