LiveLive: Roads flooded as Dorset on amber alert for heavy rain and gales

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  • Stony Lane North is impassable between A35 and Martin's Hill Lane
  • The Avon Causeway is blocked and impassable due to flood
  • Sopley School is closed today due to flooding
  • Burley Road in Christchurch blocked and impassable due to flooding
  • Pinecliff Road is open as the floodwater has cleared
  • Swanage Esplanade will remain closed until tonight's weather has passed through
  • The Met Office has issued amber warnings for rain and wind for Dorset, which are valid until just before midnight on Saturday
  • Send your pictures to or tweet @Bournemouthecho


It's all pretty quiet for now but we'll keep the blog open for a little longer in case we need to update you with anything.


After a gorgeous day it looks like the bad weather is rolling in again:


Here's some more video of the standin water at Blackwater Junction from earlier on:


We've heard the South Causeway at Wareham is closed due to flooding




Dorset County Council is urging residents to prepare for more severe weather this weekend.

The Met Office is warning that gale force winds and waves, coupled with heavy rainfall, are due to hit the county tonight and on Saturday.

Dorset’s multi-agency weather taskforce is again asking residents to be prepared by securing their property to prevent winds ripping items up and causing more damage.

Rainfall of between 12-15 mm is expected, which will also increase the risk of flooding.

Residents in Chiswell, Portland should particularly be on alert and ready to evacuate. Locals are reminded to put flood boards in and window shutters in place.

Simon Parker, Dorset County Council’s emergency planning officer said: “You can help make sure your home is protected by securing garden furniture and clearing drainage ditches.

"If you can, move possessions, including cars, to a higher location and, if possible, stay upstairs during a storm.”

“If you do need to evacuate your home it can be easy to forget important items, such as prescription medicines. Please make sure you remember to take your medication with you.”

Agencies including Dorset County Council, the Environment Agency, town, parish, district and borough councils, the NHS, Highways Agency, utility companies and the emergency services are all working together to support local communities.

Residents can check flood warnings at or the Environment Agency’s live flood warning map at

They can also call Floodline on 0345 9881188 to get the latest information.

People are also being advised to take extra care along cliffs and beaches. Landslides often take place after wet weather as there is a delay in the rainwater falling and soaking into the ground. With the continuing wet weather more landslides are expected.

Simon Parker added: “Despite several warnings, we are still hearing reports of people walking through floodwater and getting too close while wave watching. "We can’t stress the danger people are putting themselves, and rescuers, in. For their own safety, we are asking people to comply with warning signs and officials’ advice.”    
For advice and guidance on floods and flooding visit here.

Residents can also call Floodline on 0345 9881188 to get the latest information.

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Teams at Bournemouth council are making preparations for this weekend's storms. Here's the latest update from them:

Council staff have visited and are in regular contact with residents in at-risk areas of the River Stour and leaflet drops are planned on vulnerable properties if water levels rise significantly.

Staff across all council services are being redeployed and will remain on standby throughout the weekend to help with clearing away debris, gully clearing and attend to fallen trees across the Borough. The authority has a number of tractors, chainsaws and heavy duty equipment to help with any clear up operations.

Tony Williams, Chief Executive at Bournemouth Borough Council, said: “With weather in Bournemouth predicted to continue to be very stormy overnight and into the weekend we urge residents to take extra care and allow more time for travelling.

“We have dedicated teams of council staff working closely with emergency services, agency partners and the Environment Agency to deal with any incidents that may affect our residents. From Emergency Planning through Street Services, Social Services, Housing, Seafront, Environmental Health, Building Control to Building Maintenance, there are hundreds of council workers who could be mobilised with well-rehearsed procedures in place in case of any emergencies.

"If anyone knows of any incidents such as trees fallings, flooding on the road, blocked drains or road diversions please do call us on 01202 451451.”





Here's what's going on in the west of the county today:


The Environment Agency has issued their three-day flood risk forecast, which says there is a low flood risk for Dorset but there is a medium risk of coastal flooding over the next three days:

Further heavy rainfall is expected this evening and on Saturday. This brings a MEDIUM flood risk from river and surface water flooding across much of south-west, central southern and south-east England with a medium likelihood of significant impacts.

This rainfall also brings a LOW flood risk from river and surface water flooding in other parts of south-west, central, southern and south-east England and central and southern Wales with a high likelihood of minor impacts.

There is also a LOW flood risk in Dorset, Wiltshire and much of south-east England through the next three days. Large waves on Saturday will bring a MEDIUM flood risk from coastal flooding to parts of south Devon and Dorset where some communities and defences remain vulnerable.

There is a medium likelihood of severe impacts specifically along Chiswell Beach and Preston Beach at Portland and Weymouth. 


Our reporter Miriam is on Chaddesley Glen in Canford Cliffs, where as well as the road bein closed to a hole which has appeared, there are also some trees down:


Here's a picture of the hole that has appeared on Chaddesley Glen in Canford Cliffs due to the bad weather:

Bournemouth Echo:

Bournemouth Echo:


As if this weekend's weather warnings weren't enough. The Met Office has now issued a 'yellow' warning for Tuesday, which is valid from just after midnight until 11.45pm.

The warning says: "Further spells of rain, heavy at times, and accompanied by strong winds are possible during Monday night and Tuesday. 

"The public should be aware of the risk of further disruption due to flooding."



We've been sent these pictures of Hawthorn Road in Bockhampton by Chris King:

Bournemouth Echo:

Bournemouth Echo:


The bad weather may be set to roll in later today but it is certainly looking lovely out there on Bournemouth beach at the moment as these pictures captured by our photographer Jon show:

Bournemouth Echo:

Bournemouth Echo:


We've got some more details on the closure of Chaddesley Glen following the appearance of a large hole in the road:

Borough of Poole has closed Chaddesley Glen to traffic near Little Fosters.

Residents are able to gain access to their homes however there is no through access to the road off Haven Road.

Borough of Poole says the road is likely to be closed until the middle of next week.

Highway engineers are due to assess the damage caused by the roads collapse on Monday.


The Met Office has now extended their amber warning for wind until 6am on Sunday.





The Environment Agency currently has 27 flood warnings in place for the south west.

Here are the flood warnings for Dorset and the New Forest:

  • Middle Avon at Fordingbridge
  • River Brit at Newtown, and Southgate Old Mill, Beaminster
  • Lower Avon from Ringwood to Christchurch
  • Lower Avon at The Bridges and Stubbings Meadow in Ringwood
  • Lower Stour at Redhill and Wheatplot Home Sites
  • Lower Stour from Sturminster Marshall to Christchurch
  • Middle Avon from Salisbury to Ringwood,
  • Lower Frome from Dorchester to East Stoke
  • Lower Frome from East Stoke to Wareham


We were sent this picture of flooding at Christchurch Bypass from Manda.

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Bournemouth Echo:



Bournemouth Council is warning residents to take care along beaches and cliffs due to the severe weather forecast tonight and for tomorrow: 




Borough of Poole have said a large hole has developed in Chaddesley Glen following the recent severe weather so the road is closed to through traffic.



Here's the latest update from Bournemouth Borough Council

• Last night there was flooding at Redhill Park Homes – Bournemouth Borough Council officers attended and ensured all residents were safe did not have any concerns. The homes are elevated and the water did not affect any properties.
• There are currently flood warnings along the lower River Stour at Longham, Throop and Redhill
• Tonight through until tomorrow morning we will experience force 8 winds with 6-8m high waves which may cause further problems along the beach
• Over the next 48 hours we are predicted more rainfall which will impact on the River Stour and could potentially cause flooding at different sites along the river on Sunday. Relevant staff have been put on standby and made aware in case we need to evacuate.

Gary Josey, Service Director, Housing, Parks & Bereavement Services, said:
“There were flood warnings affecting the Redhill Park Homes area, so as a precaution Bournemouth Borough Council officers visited residents most at risk to assess the situation and to make sure all residents were safe. 

"Luckily the homes are elevated, so no properties were flooded and no one was evacuated.  We continue to monitor the situation.

We are expecting further stormy weather this weekend, staff are on stand-by to deal with any incidents.”



Government Minister Francis Maude admitted there are “a lot of lessons for us to learn” over flooding during a visit to Bournemouth this morning.

The Minister for the Cabinet Office was visiting Avonbourne College to see its award-winning Digi Steps initiative in action.

When questioned over the flooding which has blighted Dorset for weeks, he told the Daily Echo: “It has been relentless and shocking but everything that can be done to stop it happening again in the future will be done.

“The Environment Agency staff on the ground have done a fantastic job, as have the emergency services. When you consider how very bad the weather has been, there could have been massively more houses flooded.

“That is no comfort to those who have been flooded but we are all doing everything we can to help.”


Here's some footage Corin filmed earlier of standing water at Blackwater Junction:


Here's a picture Katie Hughes took of the bridge at Stony Lane this morning:

Bournemouth Echo:



Another update from Dorset County Council: Stapehill Road is not officially closed but has six inches of groundwater on the road. It is described by highways staff as being passable with care and drivers are urged to drive carefully and slowly through the water or avoid if possible


Hampshire Police have posted an update on roads affected by flooding.

Here are the roads affected in the New Forest:

  • A338 Fordingbridge Bypass: ongoing with pump and lights
  • A338 Upper Burgate
  • Thatchers Lane Sopley  - closed and impassable
  • Derritt Lane between Bransgore and Sopley - closed
  • Palace Lane, Beaulieu: tidal flooding - passable most times
  • Lepe Foreshore Road: tidal flooding
  • Balmer Lawn Road, Brockenhurst: flood under bridge - impassable
  • Flood Street (Breamore)
  • Green Lane, Ringwood
  • Fryern Court Road
  • Dragon Lane, Kingston
  • Linford Road, Poulner
  • Kingsbury Lane Ringwood
  • Spencer Road , New Milton
  • North Ripley Road, Ripley
  • Tile Barn Lane, Brockenhurst
  • A337 Southampton Rd, Lymington: Near railway bridge
  • South Sway lane, Sway - passable with care
  • Coombe Lane, Sway
  • Quay Road o/s Ship Inn, Lymington: tidal flooding
  • Long Lane Marchwood
  • Bat and Ball PH, Breamore - The Marsh by the school - rd flooded
  • Sopley School, Ripley - school closed and Ripley Crossroads is  impassable


Dorset County Council have just updated us regarding Avon Causeway in Hurn. The road has been closed due to flooding from the River Stour. The council's highway team will be monitoring the levels through the day to see if the road can reopen. There are currently no diversions in place




Breamore Primary School is also closed this morning:




Here's a picture of what the Avon Causeway looked like a little earlier today:

Bournemouth Echo:


The Met Office has issued two amber warnings for Dorset.

Here's the full warning for wind issued by the Met Office, which is valid from 9pm this evening until 11.45pm on Saturday night:

Southerly gales will affect south facing coasts of southwest England and south Wales during Friday evening, moving east along English Channel coasts overnight into Saturday.

After a short lull, winds will increase from the southwest during the course of Saturday with severe gales affecting coastal districts, bringing gusts of 60-70 mph and isolated 80 mph at the most exposed locations within the Amber warning area. Large waves are also expected to affect southwest facing coasts. Further inland, gusts of 50-60 mph are likely.

The public should be prepared for disruption to transport and locally to power supplies, particularly when combined with the impacts of heavy rainfall (see heavy rain warnings).




Sopley Primary School is closed today because access roads to the school are flooded




Good morning everyone. A number of roads are closed or blocked this morning due to flooding. We'll be posting updates throughout today, you can get involved by letting us know what's happening near you via the following ways:

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3:17pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Avengerboy says...

For a decent view of the coming storm .....
For a decent view of the coming storm ..... U Avengerboy
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6:52pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Turtlebay says...

Instead of storms and high wind it's been a beautifully warm sunny day.
Instead of storms and high wind it's been a beautifully warm sunny day. Turtlebay
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