Dorset Storms: The big clean up continues - broken beach huts, debris and fallen trees removed

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  • More than 387 beach huts damaged in Bournemouth alone
  • Beach huts at Avon beach destroyed by the strong tidal surge on Friday night
  • Army helping to clear Avon Beach
  • Bournemouth council call in help from Wiltshire to deal with amount of fallen trees across the area
  • Yellow rain warning for Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset on Monday

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This atmospheric photo of the floods overlooking the Avon Causeway has been sent in by Stephanie Manley

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Hampshire Police have issued this statement this afternoon:

"Police issue advice after adverse weather leads to an increase of reports of unexploded ordnance
       
"Members of the public who locate what they believe to be unexploded ordnance are being advised not to touch it but to call police straight away.

"The adverse weather experienced in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight over the past few days has caused more unexploded shells to wash up on the shoreline or be discovered on flooded land. It is very important for public safety that these items are assessed and removed appropriately.

"Anyone who discovers items such as this should call police on 101."

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There are traffic problems this afternoon around Sandbanks due to the LOVELY weather. It's so nice to be able to say that! 

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3:34pm Sun 16 Feb 14

xslee says

dobrojoe wrote:
In previous years, the beach huts at Avon Beach were dismantled and put away for the winter at the back of the car park. That is not possible under the new regime.
They actually stopped doing that a few years ago now, when they started selling off individual huts. Feel for the owners - these huts should never have been sold in the first place. They were only ever designed to be temporary huts for the summer season, hence why only a handful were damaged in the '87 hurricane as most were in storage.

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Here's some more pictures of Milford from yesterday courtesy of Gina Butler

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Here's some video of the clean-up at Avon Beach earlier today

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Here is the latest from the Environment Agency

"Parts of southern, south west and central England remain at risk of flooding as river levels remain high.

"While the overall picture is starting to improve as river levels stabilise, risks to people and property remain.

"River levels will respond quickly to further rainfall

"Despite the improving weather, the Met Office is forecasting further rain on Monday. With the ground already saturated, rivers levels will respond quickly to further rainfall. Areas of standing water could take many weeks to drain from flooded land.

"Environment Agency working to support local authorities' relief effort

"The Environment Agency continues to monitor river and ground water levels closely.

"Environment Agency teams are working round the clock to support local authorities’ relief effort and to inspect damage to coastal defences.

"On the coast, the threat of tidal flooding is now receding. However, the public are urged to remain away from the seafront as waves remain high.

"Since the 1st January 2014, the Environment Agency has sent over two and a half million flood warning messages to the people with properties at risk of flooding.

"Paul Leinster, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency, said:  “We continue to see the very real and devastating impacts that flooding can have on communities and business. We understand the distress that flooding can bring.

"We are doing everything we can to reduce the impacts of flooding and to help those communities affected.

“Despite an improving forecast the risk of flooding will continue for many communities in southern parts of England over the next few days and we will continue to see large areas under floodwater for many days to come.

“Environment Agency teams are working round the clock to support local authorities’ relief effort. 

“The public are urged to keep up to date with the latest situation on the Environment Agency website, local authorities’ websites and on social media using #floodaware.”

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Photographer Rod Lewis had a shock on Friday night when the strong winds tried to suck a window out of his seventh floor flat in Bath Road.

He had to hold onto the window for more than 20minutes while the fire brigade arrived and tried to come up with a solution.

"There was suddenly an almighty crack and it just came loose. The wind has been bad and this high up it has been howling recently with all the storms, but Friday was apocalyptic", Rod said. 

In the end he remembered he had a slackline in his garage from his friend Sam Reynolds' company Maverick Slacklines.

The window is still being held by the slackline until a engineer can come in tomorrow.

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Here is a cheery picture of Bournemouth beach from Toby Wadey. A marked improvement on the past week! 

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Here's a picture of the clean-up at Southbourne from Andrew Dunn

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elfinia says

I am neary 60 years old. I remember walking along the front with my family to assess the damage to our beach hut at Durley Chine after a storm in the mid sixties. Ours was only slightly battered but other huts had been destroyed or washed out to sea. So, IMO this storm is nothing new I remembered seeing the huge waves and being so impressed by the power as a child. That memory is why I knew that the surf reef at Boscombe was a ridiculous idea.

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Here's the most recent update from the Met Office. There is a yellow warning in place for rain over Dorset tomorrow for most of the day.

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

"This is not expected to be as prolonged or as heavy as in recent days but given the saturated ground, the public should be aware that this still has the potential either to lead to localised flooding or to exacerbate existing issues.

"This is an update of the Alert first issued yesterday, trimming the eastern extent of the warning area and placing the focus on larger rainfall amounts further west.

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

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

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Just spoken to Laura Huxtable White from Avon Beach Company who said they believe around 70 huts at Avon Beach have been destroyed.

She said the Army and council have been fantastic.

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Roy Atkins, who has lived in the area for 37years sent us this pictures from Avon Beach this morning. He said he hasn't seen anything like it in 37years.

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We've been sent some more pictures from Bournemouth Council of what those clearing up the seafront are facing 

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Here is the latest from Southern Electric on those people still without power after the storms:

"Engineers worked throughout the night on Saturday restoring power to customers.

"Currently there are approximately 10,000 customers left without power across our operating region.

"Since the extreme weather on Friday night we have restored power to over 170,000 affected homes.

"Our teams will continue repairing damage and restoring power to those affected throughout the course of today. 

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Additional resources drafted in from our sister company in Scotland have been assisting with the restoration plans since the start of the event.

All our depots have been manned overnight and have significant additional support today to help provide information for customers and help with community liaison.

Additional customer service staff are in place to handle calls from customers today. Extra teams of people will be making calls out to customers to provide information updates. Calls are also being made to vulnerable customers to offer help and reassurance.

Three welfare vehicles and four hot meal vans are moving around the affected areas giving advice, distributing free hot meals and drinks, and providing charging facilities for mobile phones.

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Here's some more footage of Avon Beach and Christchurch Harbour during the storms on Friday night. 

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Here's a bit of video of some tree damage in Poole

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Bournemouth Council say they have dealt with more than 100 trees as a result of Friday's storm

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Pic by Ian Westhead of tree in Talbot Avenue

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This is the latest from Bournemouth Council this morning

Nearly 400 Council and privately-owned beach huts have been damaged, following violent wind, rain and exceptionally high tides on Friday. 

Around 30 are thought to be completely destroyed.

Council staff were out from first light on Saturday, co-ordinating a seafront clean-up operation, whilst other staff supported residents who had experienced flooding and further teams dealt with numerous fallen trees and other storm damage across the town.

Damage to beach huts ranges from slight movement through to being upturned, ripped from their standings, stripped of roofs and, in some cases, totally destroyed. 

Staff continue to assess the extent of the damage today. 

People are asked to avoid Bournemouth seafront today due to the extensive debris that exists that may present a danger to individuals, and also so as not to impede the ongoing clean-up. 

In particular, people should stay away from the area between Manor Steps and Gordon Steps - Boscombe to Southbourne.

Chris Saunders, Seafront Services Manager said: “It s very distressing to see our award winning beach and seafront in such a terrible state. 

"We know how much local families love their beach huts and many will be devastated to see the damage caused.” 

He continued, “Staff are focusing on the extensive beach clean-up and recovery operation today. 

From Monday, we hope to begin to contact beach hut tenants whose huts have been damaged, but due to the ongoing recovery needs as well as the extensive nature of the damage - there are unfortunately a lot of people to call -  this could take several days.”

A list of those beach huts currently known to be damaged can be found on the Council’s website at www.bournemouth.gov.uk by clicking on the ‘Severe Weather’ feature.

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Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service received more than 230 emergency calls and attended some 120 incident yesterday 

In the New Forest the main area of focus was in Lymington where a strong tidal surge was experienced the early hours of Saturday morning. 

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.

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Dorset County Council are reminding the public to follow safety warnings on the Dorset coast due to possible landslides and rock falls.

"The landslip at West Bay yesterday highlighted how the risk of landslides and rock falls has increased following severe weather and extreme sea conditions across the county’s shoreline.

"They can happen quickly and without warning.

"People are advised not to walk or climb over debris and not take any unnecessary risks, and stay away from cliff tops and the base of cliffs as more landslides and rock falls could happen at any time.

"Tides have also re-shaped and stripped beaches around the coast meaning it is easier to get cut off by the incoming tide.

"People are advised to keep to official routes and follow warning signs at all times as the coast path will be very muddy and slippery in places.

"Emergency services have closed the area between West Bay beach and Freshwater beach due to a rock fall shortly after 2pm today.

"Simon Parker, Dorset County Council’s emergency planning officer, said: “I would urge anyone visiting the coastline around Dorset to obey warning signs, stay on public footpaths and keep out of restricted areas or paths which are closed.

“The coast is actively eroding and of course that’s why it is so important from a scientific viewpoint and also attractive to visit.

“But that also means landslides and rock falls do happen, and although these are difficult to predict with certainty, factors like heavy rainfall can increase the risk of this happening.”

The high levels of ground and surface water are also posing risks to motorists.

Drivers should go through flood or surface water only if it is absolutely necessary – and safe to do so.

Always check the water is not too deep and drive slowly through it as waves created may cause further flooding or damage to nearby properties.

If there is a ‘road closed’ sign in place or the water level looks high, you should find another route.
 

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This beach hut has been in Emma Taylor's family for 30years. They were down at the beach yesteday salvaging what they could.

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TRAINS UPDATE:

Line problem: between Brockenhurst and Lymington Pier. Owing to previous flooding  between Brockenhurst and Lymington Pier all lines are blocked.
Impact: Train services running to and from these stations may be cancelled at short notice. Disruption is expected until 10am today.

Service suspended on South West Trains between Salisbury and Romsey due to fallen tree on the line between Dean and Romsey. There is no estimate for when a normal service will resume. Also affecting First Great Western.

Click here for latest info on roads and rail and other transport

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Andy Martin has been told one beach hut at Avon Beach was broken into overnight.
 

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"Compared with what we faced yesterday morning, it's looking a lot better now. The boys have done a great job and lots of volunteers." - Dave Reeves, an engineer from Christchurch council.
 

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Just in case you didn't see it last night, this is the latest 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. 

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.

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.

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.

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Don't forget if you have pictures of the damage or just a beautiful picture of the aftermath, you can send them to digital@bournemouthecho.co.uk or tweet them to us @bournemouthecho or press the green Send Your News, Pictures and Video button above or message them to us at facebook.com/bournemouthdailyecho

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Good morning everyone. Isn't that sunshine a lovely sight to wake up to? We'll be here all day with the latest details on the clean-up across the county following the storms on Friday night and Saturday morning.

 

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11:20am Sun 16 Feb 14

nickynoodah says...

The silence from the bedsit dwellers
is deafening
The silence from the bedsit dwellers is deafening nickynoodah
  • Score: -6

11:23am Sun 16 Feb 14

dobrojoe says...

In previous years, the beach huts at Avon Beach were dismantled and put away for the winter at the back of the car park. That is not possible under the new regime.
In previous years, the beach huts at Avon Beach were dismantled and put away for the winter at the back of the car park. That is not possible under the new regime. dobrojoe
  • Score: 6

12:32pm Sun 16 Feb 14

elfinia says...

I am neary 60 years old. I remember walking along the front with my family to assess the damage to our beach hut at Durley Chine after a storm in the mid sixties. Ours was only slightly battered but other huts had been destroyed or washed out to sea. So, IMO this storm is nothing new I remembered seeing the huge waves and being so impressed by the power as a child. That memory is why I knew that the surf reef at Boscombe was a ridiculous idea.
I am neary 60 years old. I remember walking along the front with my family to assess the damage to our beach hut at Durley Chine after a storm in the mid sixties. Ours was only slightly battered but other huts had been destroyed or washed out to sea. So, IMO this storm is nothing new I remembered seeing the huge waves and being so impressed by the power as a child. That memory is why I knew that the surf reef at Boscombe was a ridiculous idea. elfinia
  • Score: -5

1:07pm Sun 16 Feb 14

shaft says...

The lack of support that the people of Christchurch received from their own council was overwhelming evident in this latest flooding episode lucky for some UKIP stepped in to help. A BIG WELL DONE to UKIP.
Remember this when you next thinking of voting boys in to run a mans job.
The lack of support that the people of Christchurch received from their own council was overwhelming evident in this latest flooding episode lucky for some UKIP stepped in to help. A BIG WELL DONE to UKIP. Remember this when you next thinking of voting boys in to run a mans job. shaft
  • Score: 0

2:40pm Sun 16 Feb 14

smhinto says...

I still believe that all this wind is down to Christchurch Council as a way to justify felling listed trees so that they can deflect blame onto the weather has opposed to themselves.!!
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Just a thought!!
I still believe that all this wind is down to Christchurch Council as a way to justify felling listed trees so that they can deflect blame onto the weather has opposed to themselves.!! . Just a thought!! smhinto
  • Score: 1

3:34pm Sun 16 Feb 14

xslee says...

dobrojoe wrote:
In previous years, the beach huts at Avon Beach were dismantled and put away for the winter at the back of the car park. That is not possible under the new regime.
They actually stopped doing that a few years ago now, when they started selling off individual huts. Feel for the owners - these huts should never have been sold in the first place. They were only ever designed to be temporary huts for the summer season, hence why only a handful were damaged in the '87 hurricane as most were in storage.
[quote][p][bold]dobrojoe[/bold] wrote: In previous years, the beach huts at Avon Beach were dismantled and put away for the winter at the back of the car park. That is not possible under the new regime.[/p][/quote]They actually stopped doing that a few years ago now, when they started selling off individual huts. Feel for the owners - these huts should never have been sold in the first place. They were only ever designed to be temporary huts for the summer season, hence why only a handful were damaged in the '87 hurricane as most were in storage. xslee
  • Score: 0

5:43pm Sun 16 Feb 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

Are Xchurch Council going down there to try and flog a hammer and a bag of nails for £50?
Are Xchurch Council going down there to try and flog a hammer and a bag of nails for £50? HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: -2

7:56pm Sun 16 Feb 14

FrogKiss says...

No.. Christchurch Borough Council are going to spend £25,000 of tax payers money to build beach huts on Gundimore beach to sell. Not sure anyone will want to buy them! Told them last month it was a stupid idea!
No.. Christchurch Borough Council are going to spend £25,000 of tax payers money to build beach huts on Gundimore beach to sell. Not sure anyone will want to buy them! Told them last month it was a stupid idea! FrogKiss
  • Score: 2

11:44pm Sun 16 Feb 14

fionamcdonald374@btinternet.com says...

Thinking about you all at Avon Beach. We`ve been coming to the huts for years on our summer hols. Just burst out crying when I saw all the damage. We have got to know a lot of the regulars at the huts & we hope you are all ok & get everything back in order soon. Fiona & Alan McDonald (Glasgow)
Thinking about you all at Avon Beach. We`ve been coming to the huts for years on our summer hols. Just burst out crying when I saw all the damage. We have got to know a lot of the regulars at the huts & we hope you are all ok & get everything back in order soon. Fiona & Alan McDonald (Glasgow) fionamcdonald374@btinternet.com
  • Score: 1

11:59pm Sun 16 Feb 14

fionamcdonald374@btinternet.com says...

Thinking about all the folk at Avon beach. So sorry to see the devastation. Just burst into tears when I saw all the damaged huts. We have been going for many years for our summer hols & always been lucky to get a hut. We have got to know a lot of the regulars at the huts & we wish them all well & hope everything gets up & running for you again, ready for the summer season. Fiona & Alan McDonald (Glasgow).
Thinking about all the folk at Avon beach. So sorry to see the devastation. Just burst into tears when I saw all the damaged huts. We have been going for many years for our summer hols & always been lucky to get a hut. We have got to know a lot of the regulars at the huts & we wish them all well & hope everything gets up & running for you again, ready for the summer season. Fiona & Alan McDonald (Glasgow). fionamcdonald374@btinternet.com
  • Score: 0

2:45am Mon 17 Feb 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

FrogKiss wrote:
No.. Christchurch Borough Council are going to spend £25,000 of tax payers money to build beach huts on Gundimore beach to sell. Not sure anyone will want to buy them! Told them last month it was a stupid idea!
Ha! Watch them sell then watch the proceeds vanish before the taxpayer's eyes. Then watch the council wash their hands of it when they're washed away.
[quote][p][bold]FrogKiss[/bold] wrote: No.. Christchurch Borough Council are going to spend £25,000 of tax payers money to build beach huts on Gundimore beach to sell. Not sure anyone will want to buy them! Told them last month it was a stupid idea![/p][/quote]Ha! Watch them sell then watch the proceeds vanish before the taxpayer's eyes. Then watch the council wash their hands of it when they're washed away. HRH of Boscombe
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