Dorset Storms: major incident declared after residents evacuated, trees down and roads flooded

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  • Roads across Dorset flooded - Shore Road in Sandbanks under four feet of water
  • Trees down across the area
  • Residents in Mudeford evacuated from homes
  • Emergency centre set-up at The Grange School in Christchurch overnight
  • More than 30 diners rescued from restaurant at Milford-on-Sea last night
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The forecast for tonight is for temperatures to drop. Motorists travelling in the early hours should be aware of possible icy roads, although gritters will be out.

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This is the latest report from Dorset County Council:

 

As part of ‘Operation Gale’, emergency services, Dorset councils, the Environment Agency, NHS, Public Health, the military, Coastguard and utility companies are working together to deal with the effects of the severe weather.
Many parts of Dorset were affected by the flooding and gales.  Chiswell, Portland was particularly badly hit and the Causeway, Portland was closed overnight as sea defences were breached at Portland.  One property was reported flooded at Chiswell.
The Environment Agency has been working with Weymouth and Portland Borough Council and the military to repair and reinforce the sea defences while the weather is calm.   Wessex 4X4 was used to transport people back to Portland when the Causeway was closed. There was some structural damage to properties at Wyke Regis.  A major clean-up and repair of damage is underway.
In other parts of the county, there was flooding overnight at West Bay and some residents were evacuated to the Crown Hotel.
There was significant flooding at Christchurch.  8-15 properties over the East Dorset and Christchurch areas, in particular Stony Lane, were reported as having standing water.  The military is currently helping with the clean-up in Christchurch.
A fallen tree severed a gas main at Wimborne but this was dealt with quickly by the agencies affected.  A number of other trees fell around the county and these have now been cleared. 
Fortunately, the flooding fears for Weymouth and Swanage didn’t come to fruition and generally the risk of floods is diminishing around the county. 
Rest centres were opened and manned by Dorset County Council offering people alternative accommodation or the opportunity for some respite at the Grange, Christchurch; Weymouth College; Portland Heights Hotel; and the Methodist Church at Chiswell.  These have now been closed.
Severe flood warnings are no longer in place across the county. However, as ground water continues to rise, roads could be affected over the coming weeks.
A dedicated helpline has been set up to support those affected by the storms across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole. Members of the public can phone the helpline on 01305 221000 to:
• request sandbags
• get help with rehousing
• report problems on the highways, including fallen trees, debris on the road and flooding
• find out the latest public health information
• access emergency crisis support loans.
Several thousand properties across the county are still without power, including the towns and villages of Christchurch; Charminster; Piddletrenthide; Winterbourne Kingston; and Yetminster.  Engineers from Southern Electric Power Distribution which provides power to these areas are working to restore the power.  For further information, visit www.ssepd.co.uk or telephone 08000 727282.
Properties across Bridport, Beaminster and Lyme Regis are also without electricity and Western Power Distribution is working to restore their power.  Residents affected can call Western on 0800 365900 to find out up-to-date information about their own property.   
All agencies are continuing to work together to assess the impacts on local communities and continue to provide their support.
Find advice and guidance on floods and flooding at www.dorsetforyou.com/travel-dorset/severe-weather
Find up-to-date travel news at www.dorsetforyou.com/traveldorset
Follow Travel Dorset on Twitter for alerts on the go at @TravelDorset
Visit the Environment agency website to keep up-to-date on the latest flood warnings at www.environment-agency.gov.uk

Remember to use the hashtag #dorsetfloods

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Last year Dorset Police had 238 emergency calls over a 24-hour period on February 14.  This year it was 440.

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All our pictures have now been uploaded to our online galleries. 

Click here for a look through some of the fantastic images from our photographers and amazing submitted pictures from our readers.

We will continue adding more tomorrow so if you can't see yours - don't panic.

 

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Andy Martin has just tweeted this

The clear-up goes in at Avon Beach and Friars Cliff goes on today. Great effort by all agencies led by Christchurch council.

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There was a cliff fall in West Bay earlier, in the west of the county.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency have released this statement

There was a significant cliff fall on the east side of West Bay, Dorset this afternoon. Reports first came in to Portland Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre at just before 2.30pm. Dorset Police, fire and ambulance are now on scene and working with West Bay Coastguard Rescue Team to establish whether anyone was caught by the landslide which is estimated to be between 200 and 300 tonnes.

There are no reports of anyone missing but to be certain Portland Coastguard are asking anyone who saw the landslide to call 01305 760439 and if they saw anyone caught by the slide to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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In a similar scenario, Portland Coastguard said a kitesurfer was picked up by Mudeford lifeboat at 4.22pm after getting into difficulties off Southbourne beach.

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A kitesurfer who got into difficulties off Avon Beach was picked up by Mudeford lifeboat at 3.26pm

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The Dorset storm helpline is open until 7 tonight and from 9-5 tomorrow. Call 01305 221000 #dorsetfloods

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Latest from Southern Electric

Our engineers have now restored power to over 100,000 customers across central southern England following the extreme wind conditions overnight and this morning.

Over 1,000 engineers, linesmen, tree-cutters, line patrollers and support staff have been at work since early this morning with the aim of restoring all power supplies as soon as possible. Our staff are experiencing extremely challenging conditions as flooding and fallen trees make it difficult to reach areas of damage.

Currently, around 74,000 customers are without power across the area. See below for a breakdown of customer numbers. Most are in the rural areas surrounding the listed towns and regions.

Bournemouth - 1,580
New Forest - 1,516
Poole - 5,876

Our engineers continue to make good progress restoring power supplies and we expect a significant number of customers to be reconnected later today. We will post an update towards the end of the afternoon when we have been able make an assessment of the remaining faults.

We would like to reassure customers we doing everything we can to restore supplies as quickly and safely as possible.

We are working with Local Authority Strategic Coordinating Groups to ensure vulnerable customers are cared for and kept informed. We have deployed two welfare and four hot meal vans to move around the areas affected giving advice, distributing free hot meals and drinks, and providing charging facilities for mobile phones.

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Another picture of the Avon Beach clear-up from Marcus

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Phil Guest has sent this from Bournemouth beach today

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James Moran has sent us this of the clean-up at Avon Beach in Christchurch this afternoon

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Here's another snap from Milford earlier today

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The clear-up at Milford has begun

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Bournemouth Council have just tweeted this

"Teams still out clearing trees.  Please note new Dorset-wide number for reporting fallen trees 01305 221000"

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These pictures from Ben Butcher of the damage at Southbourne beach really show the destruction last night's storm surge caused.

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Not sure if this has been mentioned today BUT there is no service on the Lymington branch line of South West Trains today.

A statement from them said: "London Buses will accept customers South West Trains tickets via any reasonable route.

"Southern Trains will accept customers with South West Trains tickets via any reasonable route

"First Great Western Trains will accept customers with South West Trains tickets via any reasonable route."

 

4:04pm

And another one from Sally, "River Stour has burst it's banks at Wimborne with water running high and fast"

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Photographer Sally Adams has sent us this picture from Wimborne

"Where fields once were, the River Stour now runs over at Wimborne"

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3:59pm

We've updated our story about the diners trapped at the Milford on Sea restaurant last night.

Read the latest here 

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Ben Stoney has just sent us these pictures of the ongoing clear-up at Avon Beach today

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Here is the link to the gallery of reader pictures from last night and today - there are some amazing shots in there so many thanks for sending them in! 

Click here to see what we have so far

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GUESTS at Salterns hotel were evacuated for a short time this morning while structural engineers fixed some damage caused by the storm.

The hotel said that guests are now able to enter the building again and that the disruption was minimal.

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We're starting to upload pictures you've sent us to our online gallery. Our staff images will be going up as soon as possible.

Here is a taster from Matt Allum who took this just along from Hengistbury Head

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It's got very dark over Echo Towers. Eerie. 

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Wessex Yeomanry from Bovington are on Avon Beach helping to clear beach hut debris

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Eastfield Lane at Ringwood is blocked due to flooding and Flood Street in Breamore is closed due to flooding

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There is a tree down in Grange Road, Christchurch as well

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A350 North Street at Fontmell Magna is closed both ways due to flooding around Mill Street.

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Service suspended on South West Trains between Brockenhurst and Lymington Pier due to flooding. There will be no trains running on the Lymington Branch line on Saturday.

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A350 Blandford Road at Iwerne Minster is closed due to flooding around Higher Street.

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The A337 Christchurch Road at Downton is closed both ways due to a fallen tree between Hordle Lane and Angel Lane, near the Royal Oak pub.

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Picture of Christchurch quomps last night from a reader

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Josh Mitchell sent us this video of Shore Road in Sandbanks last night

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Bournemouth Council say 2 roads remain partially blocked due to fallen trees. Nelson Rd, W'Bourne & Grove Rd, E Cliff.

Parks team on site

This is the scene currently in Talbot Avenue.Bournemouth Echo:

 

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Dorset County Council has just issued this statement:

A helpline has been set up to support those affected by the storms across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole.

Dorset Direct, the county council’s contact centre, is taking calls today (15 February) to help members of public and support agencies, including the emergency services, local authorities, NHS, Environment Agency and Public Health across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole.

People can call 01305 221000 to:

• request sandbags

• get help with rehousing

• report problems on the highway, including fallen trees, debris on the road and flooding,

• find out the latest public health information,

• access emergency crisis support loans

It is likely that the line will be busy but staff will do their best to deal with queries as soon as possible.

For flooding information and advice, go to www.dorsetforyou.com/flooding or www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood

For up to the minute travel and road closure information, go to www.dorsetforyou.com/traveldorset

For alerts on the go, follow us on twitter @TravelDorset.

1:31pm

Here is an update by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.


IN the last 24 hour period ending 08:00 (15 February) Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service received more than 230 emergency calls and attended some 120 incidents.

In the New Forest, the main area of focus was in Lymington where a strong tidal surge was experienced the early hours of this morning. We have set up on an operational footing in preparation with multi-agency partners.

The sea breached walls in Milford on Sea, and 32 people were trapped on the first floor of a café, having been led to the upper floor by an HFRS crew manager at great personal risk. The rescue was carried out by a multi-agency response.

The HVP (High Volume Pump) is deployed at Lymington quay to alleviate tidal flooding pressures and we responded to a 93 year old woman in Lymington and rescued her from chest high flooding within her house, where she also had no electricity.

In Pennys Lane, Fordingbridge we continued an operation to lay sand bags to successfully divert flood water away from two schools and 200 homes. We will continue to return and pump to lower water levels.

All identified properties in this area were visited prior to high tide and fire crews assisted in protecting key properties with sandbags.

1:31pm

Latest update from Southern Electric.

Engineers are working to restore power to customers across central southern England while strong, gusty winds continue to affect the area.

Following an early start to assess the damage caused by the extreme winds overnight, SEPD staff are working hard in some very challenging conditions to locate damage and repair to overhead power lines.

Over 1,000 engineers, linesmen, tree-cutters, line patrollers and support staff are working in across the region. The conditions experienced by SEPD staff are extremely difficult as flooding and fallen trees cause them issues in gaining access to areas of damage.

Bournemouth Rural - 1,145
New Forest Rural - 2,940
Poole - 14,005

Engineers will make further progress throughout the course of the day and further updates will be issued at regular intervals. SEPD would to reassure customers that all efforts are being made to restore supplies as quickly and safely as possible.

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A WOMAN who paid £40,000 for her beach hut on Avon beach less than a year ago said she is devastated after it was destroyed by the wind and sea last night.

Sara Kerr, 55, said there was wreckage everywhere and neighbouring owners were searching the debris for signs of their lost belongings.

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Naddie in Westbourne sent us this picture from Nelson Road in Westbourne earlier this morning

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Vincent Blood sent us this picture and info this morning.

"A huge eucalyptus came down in Roslin Road South in Talbot Woods.

"The roots ripped up the garden wall and smashed a lovely old red phone box to smithereens.

"It was about 80ft/25m tall."

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Here is the forecast for Monday from the Met Office.

"Another spell of rain is expected across southwest England during Monday.

"This is not expected to be as prolonged or heavy as in recent days but still has the potential to exacerbate existing flooding problems given the saturated state of the ground.

"The public should be aware of this possible further flood risk and disruption to transport.

"Another spell of wet and rather windy weather is expected across southwest England during Monday.

"The associated Atlantic low pressure system is significantly less energetic than recently but may still lead to some exacerbation of existing problems given the saturated state of the ground.

"Rainfall totals of 10 to 15 mm seem likely quite widely and perhaps 30 to 40 mm locally, mainly over high ground.

"This Alert will be reviewed on Sunday morning."

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The Met Office rain warning is still in place until 8pm tonight.

A spokesperson said: "Although the worst of the rain has passed, further squally showers still have the potential to line up in bands across some southern areas of England and Wales through much of the rest of Saturday.

"Following Friday's heavy rainfall and given the saturated conditions, the public should be aware of the potential for further flooding in places, although impacts typically reducing and becoming more localised.

"Impacts from Friday's and Saturday's rainfall may continue on some rivers on subsequent days and further information may be found by visiting the Environment Agency website or by calling the Environment Agency Floodline.

"Friday's storm system is now moving into the North Sea and weakening.

"There will be some rain or showers, still perhaps heavy in a few areas through the rest of Saturday, as well as strong winds for a time yet.

"However, on the whole, we will see an improvement in weather conditions as the day goes on, with a much more pleasant day previewed for Sunday."

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This is the latest from the Met Office on the ice warning which is in place from 8pm tonight until 10am on Sunday.

"The public should be aware of possible slippery surfaces to start the day on Sunday.  

"England and Wales join Scotland and Northern Ireland in seeing colder conditions overnight.

"Late showers, wintry over hills, and water running over roads in some areas, will increase the risk of ice."

 

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The tree at Ashurst in the New Forest has been cleared and trains and now running normally.

 

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Diner Jane Hopkins, 47, of New Milton, was in the restaurant enjoying a Valentine’s Day meal with partner Greg Pepper, 64 when the drama at Marine Cafe unfolded around 9pm.

She said She said: "We could hear stones hitting the window upstairs.

"Spirits were quite high. Most people were quite jolly, one or two had had a few drinks.

"It's a first to be evacuated.

“I felt totally confident - the army guys, coastguard, and police officers overseeing it were brilliant.

"It just made you feel safe.

"They formed a human chain to get us out.

"I didn't feel concerned at all.

"They stood in all stood in a line you walk us out, we had to climb over a wall and onto the back of the big army truck.”

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Milford looks like a bomb has hit it. Unbelievable image from Paul Collins at Southern Daily Echo

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Although it's nice and sunny out there at the moment, Dorset police have been told that another 8-10 mm of rainfall will hit the county today.

12:40pm

The A35 is just passable due to flooding on the A35 both ways at the Bakers Arms Roundabout.

The roundabout was impassable, but is now passable with care.

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The Dorset police spokesperson added that there were still flood warnings out for Christchurch - Stanpit, Mudeford and the Quomps area- plus Portland and West Bay.

 

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A Dorset police spokesperson has told the Echo that they dealt with 200 weather-related incidents - mainly trees down- in just over a 10-hour period from 7pm last night until 5.20am this morning.

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Fallen tree in Somerford from Debbie Cook

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More debris at Avon Beach

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Kevin Scragg has messaged us to say: "Amazingly, our beach hut was left standing, when many had been lost to the sea, I feel so sorry for those unfortunate hut owners, whom are yet to find out, what fate has in store for them.

"There will not be many happy endings looking at this devastation."

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Here's some pictures from Avon Beach and Friars Cliff last night around midnight

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We think this is at Southbourne...anyone confirm?

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Nick Maidment sent us these pictures of a tree down in Talbot Avenue. It did hit the house but there is no serious damage. Just some minor damage to the roof.

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Here are some images from Milford on Sea from Peter Scott

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More tree damage in Sandbanks. Picture from Ferenc Horvath.

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Hampshire Police have issued this press release today.

 

THE Response Working Group co-ordinating the multi-agency response to the flooding and storm conditions continues to operate 24 hours a day, focused on keeping people safe across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, the roads moving, mitigating flooding and looking after the welfare of all those who live and work in the two counties.

Our control room received 2033 calls in 24 hours yesterday - twice the daily average; 759 of which were road related with many reporting fallen trees and flooding. We are working very closely with all of our partner agencies around the clock to get the trees removed and the roads returned to safe conditions as soon as possible.  Unfortunately we are not able to break down these statistics by area at this time.

 

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Large branch of tree blown down at Lytchett minster church. Picture from Michelle Luther

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Tree blown down in the garden of Colin and Barbara Luther, Hill Farm, Lytchett Minster. 

Barbara actually watched the tree being blown, luckily it landed just feet from the house. Picture from Michelle Luther

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11:39am

THE entire roof of an apartment building in Canford Cliffs blew off and into the road last night.

The roof is spread across Nairn Road outside the Clifton where contractors are working to remove it safely.

One resident, who did not want to be named, said she heard what sounded like thunder at around 8pm and was shocked to see the roof in the road.

Nobody was hurt but a resident on the top floor was evacuated to a nearby hotel.

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This was the scene at Stony Lane in Burton around 10.30am this morning. Picture taken by Nigel Greer. 

Bournemouth Echo:

All traffic and travel information can be found here 

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Some video from Clifton flats in Nairn Road, Poole. The roof was blown off during the storms last night.

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The latest statement from Bournemouth Council who are dealing with trees and damage to the borough

"A massive clear-up operation is underway in Bournemouth following the storms overnight.

"Teams from across Bournemouth have been out throughout the night and this morning including officers from highways, street cleansing, seafront and parks after a number of fallen trees across the borough."

Fallen trees overnight in Bournemouth:

- Westover Road - tree across road from Gardens to Brasshouse. Road now open.
- Braidley Road by Wessex Way flyover - tree hit house, structural and roof damage. Parks team revisiting site this morning.
- Bath Road - top of Hill by Esso garage. Road now open.
- Glenfurness Ave/Talbot Rd - large tree down - road now open. Tree on side of road to be removed tomorrow.
- Warnford Road - Road currently closed.
- Christchurch Rd/Knyveton Rd junction - road now open.
- Owls Rd - road now open
- Grove Rd - Removed tree from road.
- Hanammen Rd - road now open
- Durley Rod - road now open
- Colanade Rd - tree currently in road - attending today

Residents are urged to report any fallen trees to 01202 451451

Bournemouth Lower Gardens is now open to the public following flooding yesterday.

Parts of Bournemouth seafront and Bournemouth and Boscombe Piers are currently closed to the public.

The section of promenade from Portman Ravine zig-zag (Boscombe Overcliff Drive) to Bistro on the Beach at Southbourne is closed to the public as the whole area is in accessible and a large clear up operation is underway.

Seafront staff are currently carrying out a clear up operation of the rest of promenade areas as some parts are inaccessible and they are assessing a number of beach huts that have been moved during the tidal surge and storm last night.

Beach hut tenants who have been affected will be contacted as soon as officers have assessed the full impact.

Residents and visitors are advised to avoid the seafront areas today to allow the clear up operation to take place and there is also the potential risk of landslips.

Residents in the Wick and Iford areas were supplied with sandbags last night to protect their properties against risk of flooding.

Residents who evacuated from Iford last night are now back home. Staff are continuing to monitor flood water in the area and rest centres are on standby if required.

The Mayor of Bournemouth, Councillor Rod Cooper, is out in the borough today visiting residents at risk of flooding at Wick near the River Stour and will also be visiting seafront and parks teams who are currently carrying out clear-up operations along the 5 1/2 miles of promenade and attending to tree falls across the town.

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Hampshire Fire have released this after the major rescue operation at Milford last night 

"Hampshire firefighters mobilised to help rescue more than 30 people trapped in a flooded beach cafe in the New Forest overnight as a major tidal surge breached a sea wall.

"One quick thinking firefighter acted fast to get Valentine’s night diners onto the first floor of the building.

Crew Manager Robin Bates said he had never seen the sea conditions of this severity in his career as a firefighter which has included the 1987 storms.

"Having got diners upstairs, CM Bates then worked with the military to get them out of the restaurant in knee high sea water in two groups. By this time the first floor windows as well as those on the ground floor had been smashed by beach pebbles propelled by a huge storm surge.

"CM Bates said: ‘The conditions were horrendous last night. I have lived here all my life and I have never seen the sea that high or that angry.’

"CM Bates, who is a member of the HFRS search and rescue team, had to lead his own crew to safety as their fire appliance was battered by the sea. It was damaged during the rescue.

"The incident happened in Milford on Sea, as 32 people were trapped in a cafe after the sea breached the wall and caused a tidal surge. The joint rescue operation also involved the Army, Hampshire Constabulary and the Coastguard Agency.

"The Service's Water Rescue Team from Brockenhurst also rescued a 92 year old Lymington resident after her house flooded within minutes leaving her chest deep in water."

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This is the latest from Milford from sister paper the Southern Daily Echo -

Just heard that emergency services are evacuating the area round the Marine Cafe in Milford for safety reasons.

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Chief Insp Cooper added: "The extreme weather conditions of stones being thrown from the beach with the power of the wind to smash windscreens of fire engines and military trucks was almost like they were being shot from a rifle. All the windows in the restaurant were smashed.

"The extreme weather shifted boulders on to the roadway which meant that the army and other rescuers had to move the boulders to get to the restaurant, which would have been completely impassable had we not had the benefit of the two military lorries with their high ground clearance.

"Officers from the Force Support Unit who are water trained led the rescue team which comprised of police officers and coastguard staff. All diners at the restaurant were evacuated on the two military lorries and escorted by police to the recreation centre at Lymington.

"The combined efforts of the emergency services in rescuing people from the restaurant was supported by the local authority teams at the rest centre, where they completed a triage process to ensure that no-one was injured and everyone's welfare was taken care of."

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Chief Inspector Gary Cooper of Hampshire Police helped coordinate the rescue of the diners last night.

He said: Chief Inspector Gary Cooper, who co-ordinated the rescue, said:  "Last night's joint operation to rescue 32 people from the restaurant was probably the most difficult joint operation I have been involved in in 28 years of policing."

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Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has just issued this press release regarding the dramatic rescue of 32 people who were trapped in a flooded beach cafe in Milford on Sea plus other incidents they have attended in the New Forest area.


HAMPSHIRE firefighters mobilised to help rescue more than 30 people trapped in a flooded beach cafe in the New Forest overnight as a major tidal surge breached a sea wall.

One quick thinking firefighter acted fast to get Valentine’s night diners onto the first floor of the building.
Crew Manager Robin Bates said he had never seen the sea conditions of this severity in his career as a firefighter which has included the 1987 storms.
Having got diners upstairs, CM Bates then worked with the military to get them out of the restaurant in knee high sea water in two groups. By this time the first floor windows as well as those on the ground floor had been smashed by beach pebbles propelled by a huge storm surge.
CM Bates said: ‘The conditions were horrendous last night. I have lived here all my life and I have never seen the sea that high or that angry.’
CM Bates, who is a member of the HFRS search and rescue team, had to lead his own crew to safety as their fire appliance was battered by the sea. It was damaged during the rescue.
The incident happened in Milford on Sea, as 32 people were trapped in a cafe after the sea breached the wall and caused a tidal surge. The joint rescue operation also involved the Army, Hampshire Constabulary and the Coastguard Agency.

The Service's Water Rescue Team from Brockenhurst also rescued a 92 year old Lymington resident after her house flooded within minutes leaving her chest deep in water.

Area Manager Mick Crennell said: "Last night's storm has hit the south of the county hard. We worked with partners, including local authorities, other emergency services and the military in the worst affected parts of Hampshire including Winchester, Test Valley, Basingstoke and the New Forest.”
Officers from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service had been deployed to the Lymington area yesterday evening (14 February), preparing ahead of the predicted tidal surge, to help move a number of residents out of their homes and ensuring we had the right resources in the area to respond.

Area Manager Crennell added: 'We will continue to work in partnership with other agencies to ensure the safety of Hampshire residents during this period of extreme weather and flooding."

We continue to work actively with our partners as part of the Hampshire Local Resilience Forum joint multi agency response to flooding in order to help people and local communities.


 


 

10:48am

This is the latest from Southern Electric.

"Throughout the day on Friday and overnight into Saturday the south of England experienced extreme gale force winds of over 100mph.

The sustained nature of the winds has resulted in fallen trees, branches and other wind-borne debris affecting electricity supplies in the Southern Electric Power Distribution network area in Central Southern England.

Over 1,000 engineers, linesmen, tree-cutters, line patrollers and support staff are working to locate and repair damage and restore power to all of our customers as quickly as possible. The conditions are challenging as gusty winds continue and flooding and fallen trees continue to cause issues in gaining access to areas of damage.

Currently, around 94,000 customers are without power across the region. 

Bournemouth Rural - 1,000
New Forest Rural - 2,940
Poole - 16,160

Since the extreme weather started on Friday, our engineers have restored power to around 86,000 homes.

Extra attention is being paid to our most vulnerable customers who are being offered help and support. In addition,two welfare and four hot meal vans are moving around the areas affected giving advice, free hot meals and drinks, and providing charging facilities for mobile phones.

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The situation with fallen trees in Bournemouth is severe
 

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This has made us laugh at Echo Towers amid a morning of devastation 

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The latest forecast from Dr Richard Wild from WeatherNet.

He said there would be showers late this afternoon and mainly dry tomorrow with moderate westerly winds through the rest of today and tomorrow.

Temperatures will be around 9-10degrees today and tomorrow.

Winds will remain below gale force now.

He said from looking at the next 16 days there do not appear to be any more storms but a couple of spells of gusty weather - but not prolonged like the past few weeks.

He said the rest of the month looks mild.

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Severe flood warning for Christchurch Harbour has been downgraded to a flood warning.

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Here are some photos sent in by Julie Wallom of a tree down at a property in West Moors

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There are reports that a large eucalyptus tree has come down on an elderly person's  bungalow in Berkeley Close, Verwood. A neighbour says it is resting on the roof and there doesn't appear to be much structural damage. He said the occupants were uninjured.

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A TREE came down and collided with a house on Braidley Road last night trapping the residents inside.

Andy Castle, 33, was enjoying a Valentines evening with wife Fran, 31, and three month old Beatrice when they heard a loud crash at 8pm.

The large tree on council owned land next to the property took off roof tiles and blocked the entrance and windows at the front of the house.

Council staff attended the scene at 9pm and worked until 3am to make the tree safe.

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Fact fans brace yourself for some amazing stats from the very lovely Dr Richard Wild at WeatherNet.

He said wind speeds last night at Bournemouth Airport reached nearly 70mph at 10pm and 60mph at 1am this morning.

The rainfall yesterday in Bournemouth was believed to be one of the highest in the country, certainly the highest in Dorset with 35mm falling.

6.6mm fell between 11am and 12noon yesterday.

Today, it's been insignificant with just 0.5mm between midnight and 8am.

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Here's some pictures of the pitch at AFC Bournemouth ahead of today's game against Burnley. It passed an inspection and the game is going to go ahead as scheduled

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Chris Thompson has also sent these picture in from Avon Beach

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Incredible images of damage at Avon Beach after last night

 

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Here's a picture from our colleagues at Southern Daily Echo of the restaurant at Milford where diners were trapped after flying rocks shattered the windows last night. Story is here 

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Here some footage of that damage at Shore Road

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Here's some video of the boat washed up at Sandbanks

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Can anyone help?

8:24am Sat 15 Feb 14

MrBBBBm says

Around 7pm last night the sky flashed green at least 4 times coinciding with brief power cut, it was roughly NW of Wimborne, anyone know of any power lines arcing or transformers blowing etc, it was quite a sight but I would like to know what it was?

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Severe flood warning for Lymington has been lifted.

Severe warning for Christchurch remains in place as well as flood warnings for the River Stour at Iford and other locations, the River Avon, Swanage and Poole Harbour.

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Here is the latest scene from Hamworthy Park courtesy of Steve Dibbs.

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This is a VERY welcome site I have to say

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Bournemouth's wedding hut seems to have fallen victim to the storms.
 

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So here's the latest story on those poor Valentine's Day diners at Milford-on-Sea last night.

Click here for full story

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Some good news for all you football fans about the Cherries v Burnley game today
 

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This is the situation in the west of the county - sirens have sounded at Chiswell again

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Severe damage to Shore Road in Sandbanks after it was submerged under four feet of water last night.

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This image of Swanage from last night is unbelievable

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The Met Office's Amber wind warning for Dorset remains in place until 10am this morning. 

It is still very gusty out there.

A yellow rain warning for the area continues until 8pm tonight with a yellow wind warning in place until 12noon today.

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At Iford, Brian and Libby Mitchell who live in a home at Iford Bridge Park Homes, fronting the river said: "We went downt to the church for a little bit but came home at 10pm.

"We sat and wtached the river until midnight. It wasn't particularly high so we were lucky.

"We've been here for three years and love it here but we are getting a bit fed up with the water situation.

"It's the fourth time we've been evacuated since Christmas. Still we're lucky, others are a lot worse off." 

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The Environment Agency still has Dorset as a high risk of flooding for today. 

This means significant risk to life.

They are urging people to avoid all non-essential travel and follow advice given by local authorities.

 

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A bit of information from Portland Coastguard's report from yesterday

At 8.05pm Swanage Coastguard Rescue team was tasked to assist Dorset Police with sandbagging the seafront area and establishing exclusion zones due to storm conditions and flooding.

And at 8.43pm West Bay Coastguard Rescue Officers assisted Dorset Police with advising the public of the flood threat at West Bay, with regard to possible evacuation.

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Hampshire Police statement on the diners trapped at Milford on Sea last night.

"Extreme weather conditions have resulted in a number of diners being stranded at the Marine Café, Milford on Sea, New Forest. Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, Hampshire Constabulary and South Coast Ambulance Service have been acting jointly with the military to aid a safe rescue of around 30 people.


"While the event was clearly distressing for those involved no one is believed to have been hurt. A Crew Manager from HFRS was with the group.
       
"Lymington Health and Leisure Centre has been made available for those who are unable to return to their homes immediately. All agencies are continuing to work together to manage the variety of incidents caused by the unprecedented weather conditions."

 

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Brian Dorey sent us this You Tube link of the stormy seas at Swanage last night

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Jan Shaw who owns the Old Mill Tearooms at Christchurch Quay is down there trying to clear up this morning.

He said: "I've never seen it as bad. The place is flooded out; its been totalled.

"I am clearing up and hopefully will be open later.

"I've been flooded before but never anything like this."

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Dorset County Council were out all night as tidal flooding hit the county with the worst hit areas in Christchurch, West Bay and Portland.

A spokesperson for the council said: "Emergency services, council staff and military personnel have all been out to alert residents whose properties were under threat, as well as provide transport, advice, medical help and other assistance.

"Rest centres have been opened by Dorset County Council for people who have chosen to evacuate their homes.

"Severe flood warnings remain in place at all three locations. There are also flood warnings for Weymouth seafront, Swanage and Wareham.

"Sandbags are available free of charge from district and borough councils for people in genuine need.

"For flooding information and advice, go to www.dorsetforyou.com/flooding or www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood

"Dorset continues to be battered by stormy weather, including heavy downpours, hurricane force winds and giant waves, which is likely to continue well into Saturday.
 

"The strong winds have brought down trees and power cables, leaving some homes without electricity. Utility company SSE is working to restore power as soon possible, but the extreme conditions are making repairs difficult.

"Waves up to ten metres high are hitting coastal areas, putting lives in danger if people get too close. 

"The extreme conditions will also increase the likelihood of landslips along the Jurassic Coast, posing a real threat to anyone on coastal paths, clifftops and beaches. People are urged to stay away from the coast if at all possible.

"High surface water levels are also making driving conditions hazardous. "

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There has been a power cut in Sturminster Marshall since the early hours as well

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So, some information on the roads for you

  • The A35 at Lytchett Minster is reportedly just passable due to flooding
  • The A350 Blandford Road at Iwerne Minster is closed due to flooding
  • The A31 at Sturminster Marshall is closed due to an incident - we'll try to find out more about this
  • There is flooding on the A35 at Bere Regis, A352 Wareham, A351 Corfe Castle
  • Burley Road in Bransgore and Eastfield Lane in Ringwood are closed due to flooding
  • Stony Lane and Avon Causeway are also still closed

Click here for all the latest on the roads and rail situation

 

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Bebe Bradley sent us this picture of the letter residents in Mudeford received from Christchurch Council last night 

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Just a handful of the incidents overnight. As for the transport situation today, here's an update from South West Trains

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Stony Lane in Burton is still severely flooded this morning with lots of debris from trees across roads in Christchurch

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Morning everyone. How are you? Did you manage to get any sleep through all that wind last night?

 

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7:50am Sat 15 Feb 14

Ferret24 says...

If the residents of Sandbanks or businesses in and around Poole Harbour need the flood defence stronger, please contact Poole Council. Poole Council have plenty of money availlable for things that are not needed. Traveller sites for people who CONTRIBUTE NOTHING to the council are deemed to be more important than residents and businesses who pay annually but have NO say in what they do with it. Travellers are NOT going to pay for staying on those sites that are costing £250.000 to set-up and £30,000 a year to run. Businesses around Poole Harbour need protection and the tourist trade could be under threat if the harbour wall is breached. Mayor what do you say to those businesses around POOLE HARBOUR and the residents in SANDBANKS?
If the residents of Sandbanks or businesses in and around Poole Harbour need the flood defence stronger, please contact Poole Council. Poole Council have plenty of money availlable for things that are not needed. Traveller sites for people who CONTRIBUTE NOTHING to the council are deemed to be more important than residents and businesses who pay annually but have NO say in what they do with it. Travellers are NOT going to pay for staying on those sites that are costing £250.000 to set-up and £30,000 a year to run. Businesses around Poole Harbour need protection and the tourist trade could be under threat if the harbour wall is breached. Mayor what do you say to those businesses around POOLE HARBOUR and the residents in SANDBANKS? Ferret24
  • Score: 32

8:09am Sat 15 Feb 14

BarrHumbug says...

Ferret24 wrote:
If the residents of Sandbanks or businesses in and around Poole Harbour need the flood defence stronger, please contact Poole Council. Poole Council have plenty of money availlable for things that are not needed. Traveller sites for people who CONTRIBUTE NOTHING to the council are deemed to be more important than residents and businesses who pay annually but have NO say in what they do with it. Travellers are NOT going to pay for staying on those sites that are costing £250.000 to set-up and £30,000 a year to run. Businesses around Poole Harbour need protection and the tourist trade could be under threat if the harbour wall is breached. Mayor what do you say to those businesses around POOLE HARBOUR and the residents in SANDBANKS?
If you can afford to live on Sandbanks then you can afford your own flood defences, that's what I say!
[quote][p][bold]Ferret24[/bold] wrote: If the residents of Sandbanks or businesses in and around Poole Harbour need the flood defence stronger, please contact Poole Council. Poole Council have plenty of money availlable for things that are not needed. Traveller sites for people who CONTRIBUTE NOTHING to the council are deemed to be more important than residents and businesses who pay annually but have NO say in what they do with it. Travellers are NOT going to pay for staying on those sites that are costing £250.000 to set-up and £30,000 a year to run. Businesses around Poole Harbour need protection and the tourist trade could be under threat if the harbour wall is breached. Mayor what do you say to those businesses around POOLE HARBOUR and the residents in SANDBANKS?[/p][/quote]If you can afford to live on Sandbanks then you can afford your own flood defences, that's what I say! BarrHumbug
  • Score: 19

8:24am Sat 15 Feb 14

MrBBBBm says...

Around 7pm last night the sky flashed green at least 4 times coinciding with brief power cut, it was roughly NW of Wimborne, anyone know of any power lines arcing or transformers blowing etc, it was quite a sight but I would like to know what it was?
Around 7pm last night the sky flashed green at least 4 times coinciding with brief power cut, it was roughly NW of Wimborne, anyone know of any power lines arcing or transformers blowing etc, it was quite a sight but I would like to know what it was? MrBBBBm
  • Score: 8

9:10am Sat 15 Feb 14

Wallisdown says...

That lightning shot wasn't from last night. It must of been from another time. Look and the sea state as well, it was a bit more choppy than that last night.
That lightning shot wasn't from last night. It must of been from another time. Look and the sea state as well, it was a bit more choppy than that last night. Wallisdown
  • Score: 0

9:12am Sat 15 Feb 14

live-and-let-live says...

BarrHumbug wrote:
Ferret24 wrote:
If the residents of Sandbanks or businesses in and around Poole Harbour need the flood defence stronger, please contact Poole Council. Poole Council have plenty of money availlable for things that are not needed. Traveller sites for people who CONTRIBUTE NOTHING to the council are deemed to be more important than residents and businesses who pay annually but have NO say in what they do with it. Travellers are NOT going to pay for staying on those sites that are costing £250.000 to set-up and £30,000 a year to run. Businesses around Poole Harbour need protection and the tourist trade could be under threat if the harbour wall is breached. Mayor what do you say to those businesses around POOLE HARBOUR and the residents in SANDBANKS?
If you can afford to live on Sandbanks then you can afford your own flood defences, that's what I say!
believe it or not , not everyone liiving there is a millionaire. there are ordinary people there too. btw. they all have to pay council tax, probably a lot more than you pay.
[quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ferret24[/bold] wrote: If the residents of Sandbanks or businesses in and around Poole Harbour need the flood defence stronger, please contact Poole Council. Poole Council have plenty of money availlable for things that are not needed. Traveller sites for people who CONTRIBUTE NOTHING to the council are deemed to be more important than residents and businesses who pay annually but have NO say in what they do with it. Travellers are NOT going to pay for staying on those sites that are costing £250.000 to set-up and £30,000 a year to run. Businesses around Poole Harbour need protection and the tourist trade could be under threat if the harbour wall is breached. Mayor what do you say to those businesses around POOLE HARBOUR and the residents in SANDBANKS?[/p][/quote]If you can afford to live on Sandbanks then you can afford your own flood defences, that's what I say![/p][/quote]believe it or not , not everyone liiving there is a millionaire. there are ordinary people there too. btw. they all have to pay council tax, probably a lot more than you pay. live-and-let-live
  • Score: 1

9:18am Sat 15 Feb 14

justme20092009 says...

yawn
yawn justme20092009
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9:21am Sat 15 Feb 14

Wormhole says...

MrBBBBm wrote:
Around 7pm last night the sky flashed green at least 4 times coinciding with brief power cut, it was roughly NW of Wimborne, anyone know of any power lines arcing or transformers blowing etc, it was quite a sight but I would like to know what it was?
Martians landing?!?
[quote][p][bold]MrBBBBm[/bold] wrote: Around 7pm last night the sky flashed green at least 4 times coinciding with brief power cut, it was roughly NW of Wimborne, anyone know of any power lines arcing or transformers blowing etc, it was quite a sight but I would like to know what it was?[/p][/quote]Martians landing?!? Wormhole
  • Score: 5

9:23am Sat 15 Feb 14

nickynoodah says...

MrBBBBm wrote:
Around 7pm last night the sky flashed green at least 4 times coinciding with brief power cut, it was roughly NW of Wimborne, anyone know of any power lines arcing or transformers blowing etc, it was quite a sight but I would like to know what it was?
Why don't you get your doctor and explain that to him,
There's probably a mental problem your having.
you're smoking too much weed george
also do not drink alcohol to solve your problems they could be making it worse.
I hope your hallucinations disappear (no pun intended) and get well soon .
[quote][p][bold]MrBBBBm[/bold] wrote: Around 7pm last night the sky flashed green at least 4 times coinciding with brief power cut, it was roughly NW of Wimborne, anyone know of any power lines arcing or transformers blowing etc, it was quite a sight but I would like to know what it was?[/p][/quote]Why don't you get your doctor and explain that to him, There's probably a mental problem your having. you're smoking too much weed george also do not drink alcohol to solve your problems they could be making it worse. I hope your hallucinations disappear (no pun intended) and get well soon . nickynoodah
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9:56am Sat 15 Feb 14

canfordcherry says...

MrBBBBm wrote:
Around 7pm last night the sky flashed green at least 4 times coinciding with brief power cut, it was roughly NW of Wimborne, anyone know of any power lines arcing or transformers blowing etc, it was quite a sight but I would like to know what it was?
It happens quite often, it's seen from Canford Heath looking toward Wimborne.
Can't hep you with what it is, but at least you know you aren't seeing things.
[quote][p][bold]MrBBBBm[/bold] wrote: Around 7pm last night the sky flashed green at least 4 times coinciding with brief power cut, it was roughly NW of Wimborne, anyone know of any power lines arcing or transformers blowing etc, it was quite a sight but I would like to know what it was?[/p][/quote]It happens quite often, it's seen from Canford Heath looking toward Wimborne. Can't hep you with what it is, but at least you know you aren't seeing things. canfordcherry
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11:13am Sat 15 Feb 14

Ferret24 says...

BarrHumbug wrote:
Ferret24 wrote:
If the residents of Sandbanks or businesses in and around Poole Harbour need the flood defence stronger, please contact Poole Council. Poole Council have plenty of money availlable for things that are not needed. Traveller sites for people who CONTRIBUTE NOTHING to the council are deemed to be more important than residents and businesses who pay annually but have NO say in what they do with it. Travellers are NOT going to pay for staying on those sites that are costing £250.000 to set-up and £30,000 a year to run. Businesses around Poole Harbour need protection and the tourist trade could be under threat if the harbour wall is breached. Mayor what do you say to those businesses around POOLE HARBOUR and the residents in SANDBANKS?
If you can afford to live on Sandbanks then you can afford your own flood defences, that's what I say!
I live in Creekmore actually and would not agree to travellers being put above ANYONE who pays council tax. Residents and businesses should come FIRST but not according to POOLE COUNCIL and its MAYOR!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ferret24[/bold] wrote: If the residents of Sandbanks or businesses in and around Poole Harbour need the flood defence stronger, please contact Poole Council. Poole Council have plenty of money availlable for things that are not needed. Traveller sites for people who CONTRIBUTE NOTHING to the council are deemed to be more important than residents and businesses who pay annually but have NO say in what they do with it. Travellers are NOT going to pay for staying on those sites that are costing £250.000 to set-up and £30,000 a year to run. Businesses around Poole Harbour need protection and the tourist trade could be under threat if the harbour wall is breached. Mayor what do you say to those businesses around POOLE HARBOUR and the residents in SANDBANKS?[/p][/quote]If you can afford to live on Sandbanks then you can afford your own flood defences, that's what I say![/p][/quote]I live in Creekmore actually and would not agree to travellers being put above ANYONE who pays council tax. Residents and businesses should come FIRST but not according to POOLE COUNCIL and its MAYOR!!!!!!!!! Ferret24
  • Score: 6

11:13am Sat 15 Feb 14

Ferret24 says...

BarrHumbug wrote:
Ferret24 wrote:
If the residents of Sandbanks or businesses in and around Poole Harbour need the flood defence stronger, please contact Poole Council. Poole Council have plenty of money availlable for things that are not needed. Traveller sites for people who CONTRIBUTE NOTHING to the council are deemed to be more important than residents and businesses who pay annually but have NO say in what they do with it. Travellers are NOT going to pay for staying on those sites that are costing £250.000 to set-up and £30,000 a year to run. Businesses around Poole Harbour need protection and the tourist trade could be under threat if the harbour wall is breached. Mayor what do you say to those businesses around POOLE HARBOUR and the residents in SANDBANKS?
If you can afford to live on Sandbanks then you can afford your own flood defences, that's what I say!
I live in Creekmore actually and would not agree to travellers being put above ANYONE who pays council tax. Residents and businesses should come FIRST but not according to POOLE COUNCIL and its MAYOR!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ferret24[/bold] wrote: If the residents of Sandbanks or businesses in and around Poole Harbour need the flood defence stronger, please contact Poole Council. Poole Council have plenty of money availlable for things that are not needed. Traveller sites for people who CONTRIBUTE NOTHING to the council are deemed to be more important than residents and businesses who pay annually but have NO say in what they do with it. Travellers are NOT going to pay for staying on those sites that are costing £250.000 to set-up and £30,000 a year to run. Businesses around Poole Harbour need protection and the tourist trade could be under threat if the harbour wall is breached. Mayor what do you say to those businesses around POOLE HARBOUR and the residents in SANDBANKS?[/p][/quote]If you can afford to live on Sandbanks then you can afford your own flood defences, that's what I say![/p][/quote]I live in Creekmore actually and would not agree to travellers being put above ANYONE who pays council tax. Residents and businesses should come FIRST but not according to POOLE COUNCIL and its MAYOR!!!!!!!!! Ferret24
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11:29am Sat 15 Feb 14

BarrHumbug says...

live-and-let-live wrote:
BarrHumbug wrote:
Ferret24 wrote:
If the residents of Sandbanks or businesses in and around Poole Harbour need the flood defence stronger, please contact Poole Council. Poole Council have plenty of money availlable for things that are not needed. Traveller sites for people who CONTRIBUTE NOTHING to the council are deemed to be more important than residents and businesses who pay annually but have NO say in what they do with it. Travellers are NOT going to pay for staying on those sites that are costing £250.000 to set-up and £30,000 a year to run. Businesses around Poole Harbour need protection and the tourist trade could be under threat if the harbour wall is breached. Mayor what do you say to those businesses around POOLE HARBOUR and the residents in SANDBANKS?
If you can afford to live on Sandbanks then you can afford your own flood defences, that's what I say!
believe it or not , not everyone liiving there is a millionaire. there are ordinary people there too. btw. they all have to pay council tax, probably a lot more than you pay.
No but all the ones with Poole Harbour and the beach as their back garden are and they're the ones who are going to get flooded, why should the majority of hard working Poole residents council tax go towards protecting millionaires 2nd and 3rd homes that are empty most of the time?
[quote][p][bold]live-and-let-live[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ferret24[/bold] wrote: If the residents of Sandbanks or businesses in and around Poole Harbour need the flood defence stronger, please contact Poole Council. Poole Council have plenty of money availlable for things that are not needed. Traveller sites for people who CONTRIBUTE NOTHING to the council are deemed to be more important than residents and businesses who pay annually but have NO say in what they do with it. Travellers are NOT going to pay for staying on those sites that are costing £250.000 to set-up and £30,000 a year to run. Businesses around Poole Harbour need protection and the tourist trade could be under threat if the harbour wall is breached. Mayor what do you say to those businesses around POOLE HARBOUR and the residents in SANDBANKS?[/p][/quote]If you can afford to live on Sandbanks then you can afford your own flood defences, that's what I say![/p][/quote]believe it or not , not everyone liiving there is a millionaire. there are ordinary people there too. btw. they all have to pay council tax, probably a lot more than you pay.[/p][/quote]No but all the ones with Poole Harbour and the beach as their back garden are and they're the ones who are going to get flooded, why should the majority of hard working Poole residents council tax go towards protecting millionaires 2nd and 3rd homes that are empty most of the time? BarrHumbug
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11:45am Sat 15 Feb 14

BarrHumbug says...

Ferret24 wrote:
BarrHumbug wrote:
Ferret24 wrote:
If the residents of Sandbanks or businesses in and around Poole Harbour need the flood defence stronger, please contact Poole Council. Poole Council have plenty of money availlable for things that are not needed. Traveller sites for people who CONTRIBUTE NOTHING to the council are deemed to be more important than residents and businesses who pay annually but have NO say in what they do with it. Travellers are NOT going to pay for staying on those sites that are costing £250.000 to set-up and £30,000 a year to run. Businesses around Poole Harbour need protection and the tourist trade could be under threat if the harbour wall is breached. Mayor what do you say to those businesses around POOLE HARBOUR and the residents in SANDBANKS?
If you can afford to live on Sandbanks then you can afford your own flood defences, that's what I say!
I live in Creekmore actually and would not agree to travellers being put above ANYONE who pays council tax. Residents and businesses should come FIRST but not according to POOLE COUNCIL and its MAYOR!!!!!!!!!
So what do you want, the money spent on a possibly once in 100yr event, or on something that blights our town every year? If you want to complain to someone complain to Brussells, it's not the councils fault that these people are given the right to just tip up where they like, break into parks and set up camp, and the authorities have no power to move them on unless they provide them with an alternative site.

I'm sorry that the council have decided to build it on your doorstep and I would prefer it if instead they just had the powers to move them but that's never going to happen. Better still make it the farmers and owners of the Steam Fairs responsibility to accommodate them from when they arrive until they leave, if they don't then revoke their licence to hold the event?
[quote][p][bold]Ferret24[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ferret24[/bold] wrote: If the residents of Sandbanks or businesses in and around Poole Harbour need the flood defence stronger, please contact Poole Council. Poole Council have plenty of money availlable for things that are not needed. Traveller sites for people who CONTRIBUTE NOTHING to the council are deemed to be more important than residents and businesses who pay annually but have NO say in what they do with it. Travellers are NOT going to pay for staying on those sites that are costing £250.000 to set-up and £30,000 a year to run. Businesses around Poole Harbour need protection and the tourist trade could be under threat if the harbour wall is breached. Mayor what do you say to those businesses around POOLE HARBOUR and the residents in SANDBANKS?[/p][/quote]If you can afford to live on Sandbanks then you can afford your own flood defences, that's what I say![/p][/quote]I live in Creekmore actually and would not agree to travellers being put above ANYONE who pays council tax. Residents and businesses should come FIRST but not according to POOLE COUNCIL and its MAYOR!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]So what do you want, the money spent on a possibly once in 100yr event, or on something that blights our town every year? If you want to complain to someone complain to Brussells, it's not the councils fault that these people are given the right to just tip up where they like, break into parks and set up camp, and the authorities have no power to move them on unless they provide them with an alternative site. I'm sorry that the council have decided to build it on your doorstep and I would prefer it if instead they just had the powers to move them but that's never going to happen. Better still make it the farmers and owners of the Steam Fairs responsibility to accommodate them from when they arrive until they leave, if they don't then revoke their licence to hold the event? BarrHumbug
  • Score: 21

11:49am Sat 15 Feb 14

Stereotyped says...

BarrHumbug wrote:
live-and-let-live wrote:
BarrHumbug wrote:
Ferret24 wrote:
If the residents of Sandbanks or businesses in and around Poole Harbour need the flood defence stronger, please contact Poole Council. Poole Council have plenty of money availlable for things that are not needed. Traveller sites for people who CONTRIBUTE NOTHING to the council are deemed to be more important than residents and businesses who pay annually but have NO say in what they do with it. Travellers are NOT going to pay for staying on those sites that are costing £250.000 to set-up and £30,000 a year to run. Businesses around Poole Harbour need protection and the tourist trade could be under threat if the harbour wall is breached. Mayor what do you say to those businesses around POOLE HARBOUR and the residents in SANDBANKS?
If you can afford to live on Sandbanks then you can afford your own flood defences, that's what I say!
believe it or not , not everyone liiving there is a millionaire. there are ordinary people there too. btw. they all have to pay council tax, probably a lot more than you pay.
No but all the ones with Poole Harbour and the beach as their back garden are and they're the ones who are going to get flooded, why should the majority of hard working Poole residents council tax go towards protecting millionaires 2nd and 3rd homes that are empty most of the time?
Somebody is a bit bitter...
[quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]live-and-let-live[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ferret24[/bold] wrote: If the residents of Sandbanks or businesses in and around Poole Harbour need the flood defence stronger, please contact Poole Council. Poole Council have plenty of money availlable for things that are not needed. Traveller sites for people who CONTRIBUTE NOTHING to the council are deemed to be more important than residents and businesses who pay annually but have NO say in what they do with it. Travellers are NOT going to pay for staying on those sites that are costing £250.000 to set-up and £30,000 a year to run. Businesses around Poole Harbour need protection and the tourist trade could be under threat if the harbour wall is breached. Mayor what do you say to those businesses around POOLE HARBOUR and the residents in SANDBANKS?[/p][/quote]If you can afford to live on Sandbanks then you can afford your own flood defences, that's what I say![/p][/quote]believe it or not , not everyone liiving there is a millionaire. there are ordinary people there too. btw. they all have to pay council tax, probably a lot more than you pay.[/p][/quote]No but all the ones with Poole Harbour and the beach as their back garden are and they're the ones who are going to get flooded, why should the majority of hard working Poole residents council tax go towards protecting millionaires 2nd and 3rd homes that are empty most of the time?[/p][/quote]Somebody is a bit bitter... Stereotyped
  • Score: -1

11:54am Sat 15 Feb 14

Ferret24 says...

Could BarrHumbg be Mayor Eades as they do not care about anyone else?
Could BarrHumbg be Mayor Eades as they do not care about anyone else? Ferret24
  • Score: -1

12:43pm Sat 15 Feb 14

live-and-let-live says...

theres some very good pics here. thanks to whoever went out to get them. but, lets get things in perspective , lots of trees down, some floods, beach huts damaged, fenced and walls etc all damaged. ive got at least £100 worth of damaged fence, which is not a serious problem . the worst of the damage is, i think, the roof off the flats in Nairn rd. but no one has been killed. we in Dorset have not had anywhere near the lfooding that Somerset has. we are safe. lets be happy about that and stop using words like "devastation " regarding a few beach huts. please?????
theres some very good pics here. thanks to whoever went out to get them. but, lets get things in perspective , lots of trees down, some floods, beach huts damaged, fenced and walls etc all damaged. ive got at least £100 worth of damaged fence, which is not a serious problem . the worst of the damage is, i think, the roof off the flats in Nairn rd. but no one has been killed. we in Dorset have not had anywhere near the lfooding that Somerset has. we are safe. lets be happy about that and stop using words like "devastation " regarding a few beach huts. please????? live-and-let-live
  • Score: 10

6:16pm Sat 15 Feb 14

nickynoodah says...

live-and-let-live wrote:
theres some very good pics here. thanks to whoever went out to get them. but, lets get things in perspective , lots of trees down, some floods, beach huts damaged, fenced and walls etc all damaged. ive got at least £100 worth of damaged fence, which is not a serious problem . the worst of the damage is, i think, the roof off the flats in Nairn rd. but no one has been killed. we in Dorset have not had anywhere near the lfooding that Somerset has. we are safe. lets be happy about that and stop using words like "devastation " regarding a few beach huts. please?????
You wouldn't talk this nonsense if you could afford a beach hut and it as yours that was reduced to firewood so stop whinging and act normal George,
is there something wrong with you.
[quote][p][bold]live-and-let-live[/bold] wrote: theres some very good pics here. thanks to whoever went out to get them. but, lets get things in perspective , lots of trees down, some floods, beach huts damaged, fenced and walls etc all damaged. ive got at least £100 worth of damaged fence, which is not a serious problem . the worst of the damage is, i think, the roof off the flats in Nairn rd. but no one has been killed. we in Dorset have not had anywhere near the lfooding that Somerset has. we are safe. lets be happy about that and stop using words like "devastation " regarding a few beach huts. please?????[/p][/quote]You wouldn't talk this nonsense if you could afford a beach hut and it as yours that was reduced to firewood so stop whinging and act normal George, is there something wrong with you. nickynoodah
  • Score: -6

6:49pm Sat 15 Feb 14

BarrHumbug says...

nickynoodah wrote:
live-and-let-live wrote:
theres some very good pics here. thanks to whoever went out to get them. but, lets get things in perspective , lots of trees down, some floods, beach huts damaged, fenced and walls etc all damaged. ive got at least £100 worth of damaged fence, which is not a serious problem . the worst of the damage is, i think, the roof off the flats in Nairn rd. but no one has been killed. we in Dorset have not had anywhere near the lfooding that Somerset has. we are safe. lets be happy about that and stop using words like "devastation " regarding a few beach huts. please?????
You wouldn't talk this nonsense if you could afford a beach hut and it as yours that was reduced to firewood so stop whinging and act normal George,
is there something wrong with you.
It's obviously upsetting to find your beach hut gone but In the grand scheme of things the loss of a shed is hardly devistating, the owners may have paid an awful lot of money for them but it's not the shed their paying for it's the square on concrete it's stood on and they still own that.
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]live-and-let-live[/bold] wrote: theres some very good pics here. thanks to whoever went out to get them. but, lets get things in perspective , lots of trees down, some floods, beach huts damaged, fenced and walls etc all damaged. ive got at least £100 worth of damaged fence, which is not a serious problem . the worst of the damage is, i think, the roof off the flats in Nairn rd. but no one has been killed. we in Dorset have not had anywhere near the lfooding that Somerset has. we are safe. lets be happy about that and stop using words like "devastation " regarding a few beach huts. please?????[/p][/quote]You wouldn't talk this nonsense if you could afford a beach hut and it as yours that was reduced to firewood so stop whinging and act normal George, is there something wrong with you.[/p][/quote]It's obviously upsetting to find your beach hut gone but In the grand scheme of things the loss of a shed is hardly devistating, the owners may have paid an awful lot of money for them but it's not the shed their paying for it's the square on concrete it's stood on and they still own that. BarrHumbug
  • Score: 1

6:49pm Sat 15 Feb 14

BarrHumbug says...

nickynoodah wrote:
live-and-let-live wrote:
theres some very good pics here. thanks to whoever went out to get them. but, lets get things in perspective , lots of trees down, some floods, beach huts damaged, fenced and walls etc all damaged. ive got at least £100 worth of damaged fence, which is not a serious problem . the worst of the damage is, i think, the roof off the flats in Nairn rd. but no one has been killed. we in Dorset have not had anywhere near the lfooding that Somerset has. we are safe. lets be happy about that and stop using words like "devastation " regarding a few beach huts. please?????
You wouldn't talk this nonsense if you could afford a beach hut and it as yours that was reduced to firewood so stop whinging and act normal George,
is there something wrong with you.
It's obviously upsetting to find your beach hut gone but In the grand scheme of things the loss of a shed is hardly devistating, the owners may have paid an awful lot of money for them but it's not the shed their paying for it's the square on concrete it's stood on and they still own that.
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]live-and-let-live[/bold] wrote: theres some very good pics here. thanks to whoever went out to get them. but, lets get things in perspective , lots of trees down, some floods, beach huts damaged, fenced and walls etc all damaged. ive got at least £100 worth of damaged fence, which is not a serious problem . the worst of the damage is, i think, the roof off the flats in Nairn rd. but no one has been killed. we in Dorset have not had anywhere near the lfooding that Somerset has. we are safe. lets be happy about that and stop using words like "devastation " regarding a few beach huts. please?????[/p][/quote]You wouldn't talk this nonsense if you could afford a beach hut and it as yours that was reduced to firewood so stop whinging and act normal George, is there something wrong with you.[/p][/quote]It's obviously upsetting to find your beach hut gone but In the grand scheme of things the loss of a shed is hardly devistating, the owners may have paid an awful lot of money for them but it's not the shed their paying for it's the square on concrete it's stood on and they still own that. BarrHumbug
  • Score: 0

7:25pm Sat 15 Feb 14

nickynoodah says...

devastating!!!,humbu
g lad
devastating!!!,humbu g lad nickynoodah
  • Score: 0

9:32pm Sat 15 Feb 14

JemBmth says...

Is there anymore news? This is getting really boring now
Is there anymore news? This is getting really boring now JemBmth
  • Score: -2

11:06pm Sat 15 Feb 14

ShuttleX says...

I big thank you to all the teams from the Council who were out working in the bad weather last night, and again today. Not forgetting all those from different Agencies. It's not often I have good word to say about the Council, but the boots on the ground people did a great job.
I big thank you to all the teams from the Council who were out working in the bad weather last night, and again today. Not forgetting all those from different Agencies. It's not often I have good word to say about the Council, but the boots on the ground people did a great job. ShuttleX
  • Score: 0

9:21am Sun 16 Feb 14

Phixer says...

nickynoodah wrote:
live-and-let-live wrote:
theres some very good pics here. thanks to whoever went out to get them. but, lets get things in perspective , lots of trees down, some floods, beach huts damaged, fenced and walls etc all damaged. ive got at least £100 worth of damaged fence, which is not a serious problem . the worst of the damage is, i think, the roof off the flats in Nairn rd. but no one has been killed. we in Dorset have not had anywhere near the lfooding that Somerset has. we are safe. lets be happy about that and stop using words like "devastation " regarding a few beach huts. please?????
You wouldn't talk this nonsense if you could afford a beach hut and it as yours that was reduced to firewood so stop whinging and act normal George,
is there something wrong with you.
I hardly think that a few matchwood huts, placed in an exposed area on the beach, warrant any concern from the rest of us. If you rent the hut then you haven't lost anything; if you own it, talk to your insurer.
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]live-and-let-live[/bold] wrote: theres some very good pics here. thanks to whoever went out to get them. but, lets get things in perspective , lots of trees down, some floods, beach huts damaged, fenced and walls etc all damaged. ive got at least £100 worth of damaged fence, which is not a serious problem . the worst of the damage is, i think, the roof off the flats in Nairn rd. but no one has been killed. we in Dorset have not had anywhere near the lfooding that Somerset has. we are safe. lets be happy about that and stop using words like "devastation " regarding a few beach huts. please?????[/p][/quote]You wouldn't talk this nonsense if you could afford a beach hut and it as yours that was reduced to firewood so stop whinging and act normal George, is there something wrong with you.[/p][/quote]I hardly think that a few matchwood huts, placed in an exposed area on the beach, warrant any concern from the rest of us. If you rent the hut then you haven't lost anything; if you own it, talk to your insurer. Phixer
  • Score: 1

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