Dorset Storms: The big clean up continues - broken beach huts, debris and fallen trees removed (From Bournemouth Echo)
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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
@Bournemouthecho 2/2 upton park #ukstorm http://t.co/1gMt7S41QQ— @ukwitter 16 February 2014
@Bournemouthecho 1/2 upton park #ukstorm http://t.co/3er0DmXO5n— @ukwitter 16 February 2014
@Bournemouthecho looking along the dunes at Studland beach - we think the dunes have been eroded somewhat by storm. http://t.co/2aqKRQltWR— @Laisydaisy666 16 February 2014
@Bournemouthecho Middle Beach/Studland today - after effects of the storm http://t.co/dDqUMPnQ5K— @Laisydaisy666 16 February 2014
@Bournemouthecho surfs up! Surfers this morning at Boscombe. http://t.co/i8meXQOR1g— @jaynelewismusic 16 February 2014
@bournemouthecho Another big tree from yesterday at the end of Glenferness Av http://t.co/L9TCbvaYMz— @bournemouthian 16 February 2014
This atmospheric photo of the floods overlooking the Avon Causeway has been sent in by Stephanie Manley
#Bmthstorms Our staff have been helping residents at Iford Bridge Homes Park shore up their flood defences. http://t.co/vksdotBVMi— @bournemouthbc 16 February 2014
We've just added more pictures to our gallery
@Bournemouthecho it was a lovely end to a storm-free day at Westbourne #sun http://t.co/qJ7xOq853X— @BethanyC313 16 February 2014
Tempting to go and see the damage at Avon Beach but we're asking people to please stay away tomorrow so we can do recovery work unhampered— @cb_edd_councils 16 February 2014
Storm? What storm? This morning at Bournemouth seafront @bournemouthecho #Bournemouth #sunny http://t.co/WYphKTEvvM— @raffertyj4 16 February 2014
@hexter8 @Bournemouthecho Brownsea Island and Sandbanks is the same - like an August Bank Holiday!— @ballywhooo 16 February 2014
http://t.co/6dsQY765uM— @BananasMel 16 February 2014
Judging by the traffic around Christchurch I'd say the world and her husband have come out of hibernation to look at damage on the beach!— @hexter8 16 February 2014
Bits and pieces of people's huts are lined up at #avonbeach http://t.co/9p6C4bElR0— @EchoJon 16 February 2014
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."
My favourite beach hut survives the pounding storms... But not the council's decision to order repaint! http://t.co/KnhMo2zWaj— @EchoJon 16 February 2014
There are traffic problems this afternoon around Sandbanks due to the LOVELY weather. It's so nice to be able to say that!
Sandbanks, Whitecliffe and Parkstone is rammed with traffic due to sunshine.— @danfast 16 February 2014
Half term is a great time to visit Dorset but please tell visitors to stay away from cliffs due to landslips - http://t.co/VqpYRzIAjg— @dorsetforyou 16 February 2014
#Bmthfloods @EnvAgency Flood Alert remains in place for Bournemouth's section of the River Stour: http://t.co/ObtQL5EdP5— @bournemouthbc 16 February 2014
@Bournemouthecho Avoid sandbanks peninsular, traffic gridlocked!— @daveriley12 16 February 2014
3:34pm Sun 16 Feb 14
dobrojoe wrote: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.
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.
Fine conditions for many to end the day but cloud to the west indicates the next spell of #rain. Alina J http://t.co/9pW55u69Bw— @bbcweather 16 February 2014
Once again thanks for all the messages of support since the storm damage on Friday. We are working hard to get... http://t.co/gH2epN3Nbz— @TheMarineMoS 16 February 2014
Here's some more pictures of Milford from yesterday courtesy of Gina Butler
Here's some video of the clean-up at Avon Beach earlier today
A beautiful day on sandbanks in Poole. http://t.co/tJ85yLNOR8— @NickWhitfield 16 February 2014
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.”
#Bmthstorms A reminder to people to pls avoid the seafront Boscombe to Soutbourne - you could injure yourself on debris & hinder clean up.— @bournemouthbc 16 February 2014
Blandford - Traffic lights on Wimborne Road / Langton Road junction currently not working. Approach with care.— @TravelDorset 16 February 2014
Blimey! Haven't seen these steps uncovered for a very long time! @bournemouthbc http://t.co/i07bHw4I4K— @LMowlem 16 February 2014
Blimey! Haven't seen these steps uncovered for a very long time! @bournemouthbc http://t.co/i07bHw4I4K— @LMowlem 16 February 2014
Glad Leader of County Council has words of appreciation for the magnificent clean-up work of the teams from all organizations on Avon beach— @LesleyMDedman 16 February 2014
Sand dunes eroded at #studland but Beach Huts still standing, including ours! http://t.co/UtF1KTtjKW— @simontrenchard 16 February 2014
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.
What a difference a day makes-people enjoy Bournemouth's sunshine @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/gVHISLfJBL— @SallyDailyEcho 16 February 2014
@bournemouthbc @Bournemouthecho Storm damage in Bournemouth Upper Gardens between Coy Pond & Prince of Wales Avenue http://t.co/nUjWXGodMQ— @melanieackrill 16 February 2014
RIP #beach hut 981 #southbourne http://t.co/qQID3IDke9— @geoffzzzzzz 16 February 2014
@auntiehajar @bournemouthbc @Bournemouthecho @BBCRadioSolent @wave105radio @HeartSouthCoast All fine with our hut! ☺️ http://t.co/jviGjozvS4— @HannahC1976 16 February 2014
Here is a cheery picture of Bournemouth beach from Toby Wadey. A marked improvement on the past week!
Like a summer day here by the pier in Bournemouth. http://t.co/hLkub9NKN5— @TobiasWadey 16 February 2014
Beach hut 1094 didn't quite make it to the ocean #southbourne #beach #bournemouth http://t.co/fXrFlArldU— @geoffzzzzzz 16 February 2014
Cllr Flower: "Let's hope we have seen the last of the really bad weather and we can get back to normality."— @andym_echo 16 February 2014
Cllr Flower: "It's been a magnificent effort by all, councils, emergency services, army and volunteers. Great co-operation by everyone."— @andym_echo 16 February 2014
Leader of Dorset County Council, Spencer Flower pays tribute to all involved in countywide clear-up on visit to Avon Beach @dorsetforyou— @andym_echo 16 February 2014
Bottom of #fishermanswalk #zigzag #southbourne http://t.co/lQNsftbHJR— @geoffzzzzzz 16 February 2014
Here's a picture of the clean-up at Southbourne from Andrew Dunn
12:32pm Sun 16 Feb 14
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.
The clean up continues here at @MudefordQuay & @Avon_Beach #ukstorm http://t.co/mEbC6cTesQ— @MudefordQuay 16 February 2014
Dorset LRF Gold group has declared the Major Incident declared on Friday has been stood down. Let's hope the sun stays out, stay safe.— @DFRS_CraigBaker 16 February 2014
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."
Sunny skies for many but a bit more cloud for northern UK bringing some showers. Recent satellite tells the story. AJ http://t.co/S7u8syurtd— @bbcweather 16 February 2014
More storm damage. @Bournemouthecho. @PFBMag http://t.co/Pu9MnKOUNV— @SMillwardPhotos 16 February 2014
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.
@Bournemouthecho http://t.co/iV3DHskpRn— @clayton1180 16 February 2014
Christchurch Council getting great help from Royal Wessex Yeomanry in clean up at Avon Beach - thanks to them.— @cb_edd_councils 16 February 2014
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.
@Bournemouthecho beach huts on Boscombe beach #Bournemouth http://t.co/Kbc8DC6I9h— @BlingBoots 16 February 2014
We've been sent some more pictures from Bournemouth Council of what those clearing up the seafront are facing
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.
- Bournemouth Rural 47
- New Forest Rural 51
- Poole 627
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.
The road closed signs you may see are a lawful order. Please obey them, it's for everyone's safety. #HantsFloods http://t.co/OyDX0FEWJu— @RingwoodPolice 16 February 2014
Here's some more footage of Avon Beach and Christchurch Harbour during the storms on Friday night.
Here's a bit of video of some tree damage in Poole
Thanks again to all those who have sent us your messages of support in the past 24 hours. It means a lot.— @TheMarineMoS 16 February 2014
@Bournemouthecho resting after working clearing trees all night and day, might even manage a walk with the family— @tlgtrees 16 February 2014
#bmthstorms Staff continuing prom clear-up after 387 huts damaged. Please avoid Bosc-Southbourne prom due to debris. http://t.co/EtX4hULV6W— @bournemouthbc 16 February 2014
Bournemouth Council say they have dealt with more than 100 trees as a result of Friday's storm
Pic by Ian Westhead of tree in Talbot Avenue
The clear up continues this morning at Avon Beach with all hands on deck @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/ZfefT7N44K— @SallyDailyEcho 16 February 2014
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.
The clear up continues this morning at Avon Beach with all hands on deck @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/w9NSfVQW2S— @SallyDailyEcho 16 February 2014
B Squadron Royal Wessex Yoemanry help clear up at Avon Beach @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/XBrynTMmQV— @SallyDailyEcho 16 February 2014
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.
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.
Army guys getting stuck in. http://t.co/3xIWETfDRV— @andym_echo 16 February 2014
This beach hut has been in Emma Taylor's family for 30years. They were down at the beach yesteday salvaging what they could.
Laura: the damage has been much worse than we feared. But the clear up is going very well. A huge thanks to the council and the army.— @andym_echo 16 February 2014
That's Laura Huxtable White, manager of Avon Beach shop. Previous tweet has gone AWOL.— @andym_echo 16 February 2014
Laura discusses the damage with Cllr Lesley Dedman. http://t.co/g6mZLUFgsO— @andym_echo 16 February 2014
Army now on the scene to help clear debris. Chaps from the Royal Wessex Yeomanry. http://t.co/zhnvAKE3aP— @andym_echo 16 February 2014
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.
Currently putting together information for the Dorset #LocalResilienceForum #TacticalCoordinatingGroup meeting today at 9am.— @LouComleyEA 16 February 2014
PM has announced homeowners & business affected by flooding to receive repair grants of up to £5,000 towards improved flood protection.— @TobiasEllwoodMP 16 February 2014
Surveying the damage http://t.co/jgrvtrSTNp— @andym_echo 16 February 2014
Dave Reeves, an engineer from Christchurch Council said clear up going well. http://t.co/LXxaofxnl2— @andym_echo 16 February 2014
Shifting the beach huts this morning on Avon Beach. http://t.co/k15L8InRBy— @andym_echo 16 February 2014
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.
@BBCRadioSolent @Bournemouthecho @wave105radio @HeartSouthCoast 387 beach huts damaged in Bournemouth alone, at latest count.— @bournemouthbc 15 February 2014
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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.