This live event has finished
- 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
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.
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
You can read more about the delays getting out of Bournemouth Hospital in our story here
RT @luketh88: @Bournemouthecho Stuck in Royal Bmth hospital car park nearly 2 hours! What's going on?!— @Bournemouthecho 07 January 2014
Another aerial picture by Gary Ellson for you of horses in the water near Hurn:
We've just had this picture back from Corin of the traffic queues around by Bournemouth Hospital
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.
And here's a picture of Tuckton Tea Gardens by Gary Ellson:
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:
And here's the view of Ringwood:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Large vehicles, like 4x4s, have been driving quickly through floodwater & diverting it into properties…— @dorsetpolice 07 January 2014
…This has caused further flooding to properties, particularly in Charminster, Dorchester & the Cerne area…— @dorsetpolice 07 January 2014
…This should be avoided by not driving into floodwater if possible. Please be considerate & take your time in these bad weather conditions— @dorsetpolice 07 January 2014
We've heard Mudeford Lane is no longer blocked
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.
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.
@Bournemouthecho Poole park this morning. http://t.co/3JD3COF19t— @lynsnco 07 January 2014
Screen grab from Chesil Beach webcam just now. That's a good fifty feet rise... Terrifying http://t.co/CT2mvvhh66— @scaryduck 07 January 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
#Bere Regis, - Retained crew Blandford in attendance fire involving overhead power cables that are arcing along Bere Road.— @DFRSFireControl 07 January 2014
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.
Borough of Poole is advising motorists use Poole Bridge because of the damaged totem at the Twin Sails
Upton Heath paths pretty wet and the wet woods are impassable at the moment #takecare— @DorsetWildlife 07 January 2014
Good to see the @Morebusco Ringwood Depot team working so hard to get the x3 back on track after flooding delays at Breamore.— @AndrewWickhamGo 07 January 2014
It'll be a couple days before residents can move back in at Iford, but they say they'll be laughing about it in the summer @Bournemouthecho— @SteveSmithEcho 07 January 2014
The thing that shines through here is the spirit - residents say they wouldn't want to live anywhere else @Bournemouthecho— @SteveSmithEcho 07 January 2014
At Iford home park residents have managed to get in to gather clean clothes etc but fully return for a couple more days @Bournemouthecho— @SteveSmithEcho 07 January 2014
Part of the Twin Sails bridge in Poole has been damaged by the high winds
Story so far is here
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.
Daily Echo photographer Corin Messer has also sent this picture back from Baiter Park this morning. The sun is out!
Waves battering flood defences at Chiswell #portland http://t.co/cwVPiEJqY2 http://t.co/2mhZeufLgF— @Dorsetecho 07 January 2014
It's a beautiful day at Baiter Park now. @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/5NYZTVPoR0— @CorinDailyEcho 07 January 2014
Troublefield reserve near Bournemouth airport under water, more like Troublelake http://t.co/UQTIbZWG1t— @DorsetWildlife 07 January 2014
There are 3 SEVERE flood warnings, 33 flood warnings and 40 flood alerts in the SW. More info: http://t.co/vdfYmPMwp5 #floodaware #ukstorm.— @EnvAgencySW 07 January 2014
This is one of the pictures sent to us from Jessica Bone. The image shows just how swollen the River Allen at Wimborne is
Last night Dorset Fire and Rescue brought in more rescue kit in case of further emergencies in the county.
Additional national FRS flood capabilities (boats and specialist staff) now in Dorset to assist DFRS with any incidents over coming days.— @DorsetFireChief 06 January 2014
River Frome in Wareham (5.1.14) #flooding @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/i41XXf2acX— @SKCPhotos 06 January 2014
Cyclist caught in the early morning deluge! #prepared http://t.co/rrHzM4fQrZ— @EchoJon 07 January 2014
Here is some lovely video sent in by Derek Greogory of his grandson Ben rafting down a flooded Stapehill Road in Hampreston.
Quite like this shot of the huts at Hengistbury, taken y'day despite the rain! #lovelivinghere http://t.co/AbCRhIT7gH— @EchoJon 07 January 2014
A35 - minor flooding at Winterbourne Abbas - road still passable, near the service station.— @TravelDorset 07 January 2014
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.
The road to Wimborne St. Giles closed due to flooding between A354 and Bottlebush Lane. http://t.co/HgFhseqOxC— @TravelDorset 07 January 2014
There are 3 SEVERE flood warnings, 32 flood warnings and 40 flood alerts in the SW. More info: http://t.co/vdfYmPMwp5 #floodaware #ukstorm.— @EnvAgencySW 07 January 2014
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.
Not really sure what is causing this but as soon as we have some information, we'll let you know.
Traffic at standstill on Barack rd, Christchurch!— @SwainElectContr 07 January 2014
Nice day to be a gull at Mudeford Quay. @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/wJOg81meIn— @CorinDailyEcho 07 January 2014
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
#floods #iford Overnight accommodation is being made for Weds & Thurs evenings for those who are unable to make their own arrangements.— @bournemouthbc 07 January 2014
Clenston Road, Winterborne Stickland - Flooding on Clenston Road near Dunbury Lane / North Street.
Due to flooding in Stopples Lane, route 119 is diverting via Hordle. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.— @Morebusco 07 January 2014
#floods #iford Due to significant rainfall & its anticipated effect on river levels & flooding over the next few days, site remains closed.— @bournemouthbc 07 January 2014
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.
#floods #iford The @EnvAgency Severe Flood Warning for Iford expected to be lifted today. Site not yet safe for residents to return.— @bournemouthbc 07 January 2014
The weather is no better today and there is still flooding on lots of the roads in the area. If you don't have to... http://t.co/d61uDsML22— @RuralDorsetPoli 07 January 2014
Brian Terry also sent us this shot of high tide at Shore Road in Poole yesterday
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.
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).
Mudeford Lane in Christchurch is also still blocked due to flooding.
You can get up to date traffic information here
Morning all,I honestly expected the river to have subsided a bit more, but I'm still looking out onto a view of a lake rather than fields.— @StuartMc1 07 January 2014
It's dropping for sure, but very slowly Compared to normal. It usually drops very quickly, within 24hrs, but 3 days and counting..— @StuartMc1 07 January 2014
Something to look out for next week as a cold air mass and Atlantic air mass meet close to the UK, snow events are possible when this occurs— @DorsetSnow 07 January 2014
BREAKING: Preston Beach Road now closing due to the risk of tidal flooding/debris on the roads. #dorsetweather.— @TravelDorset 07 January 2014
With more severe weather today, report fallen trees or flooding - tel:01202 261700, visit:http://t.co/sLaqZtmgH8 or tweet us a picture/info— @BoroughofPoole 07 January 2014
@Bournemouthecho Took me 15 mins to get out of Burton village as only one way out really! http://t.co/6YnkO8ZT6X— @suebussell 07 January 2014
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.
Waves from driving through flood water can swamp homes! Please don't make matters worse for those affected by flooding.— @AASORT 07 January 2014
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
BREAKING: Portland Beach Road will be monitored from 9.45am and will be closed if necessary due to tidal flooding.— @TravelDorset 07 January 2014
Near Weymouth, Preston Beach Road will be closing again due to tidal flooding
BREAKING: Preston Beach Road will be closing at 9.45am again, due to the risk of tidal flooding and debris.— @TravelDorset 07 January 2014
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.
You can read the latest in our story here
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.”
The Environment Agency severe flood warning remains in place for Iford, with two others also issued for Dorset - at Chiswell and Preston Beach.
There are 3 SEVERE flood warnings, 32 flood warnings and 43 flood alerts in the SW. More info: http://t.co/vdfYmPMwp5 #floodaware #ukstorm.— @EnvAgencySW 07 January 2014
Morning everyone. It's still incredibly wet and wild out there this morning and roads are still closed due to flooding.