Bournemouth’s ‘extraordinary’ winter weather scrutinised by officials

Bournemouth Echo: FLOODED: Sandbanks Road during the storms FLOODED: Sandbanks Road during the storms

THIS winter has been described as “extraordinary” by council officials.

Bournemouth council’s flood advisory group met on Monday to deliver an update on flooding and drainage issues faced since the start of the year.

The area was hit with high winds and heavy rainfall throughout the season, culminating in the February 14 storm which caused disruption and damage across the conurbation.

Flooding and drainage manager Paul Ambrose told the group that the council had been well prepared for the storms.

“We had three significant events in February of more than 25mm in just over two weeks.

“We would usually expect to see three such events across the whole year,” he added.

“January’s rainfall was 238.88mm which broke the month’s record.

“It has been an extraordinary winter in terms of rainfall.

“There has been a very big change in the weather patterns.”

Mr Ambrose said dozens of trees were believed to have come down in Bournemouth during the Valentine’s Day storm, and showed the group slides of a large tree which had fallen into the River Stour at Iford Meadows.

“We had a major job getting the tree out of the river.

“When it fell it took a big chunk of the bank with it,” he added.

“The events on February 14 were very well predicted and we were able to gear up for it.

“By Friday morning we knew we were in for a major flooding event.”

“We only had one case of internal flooding at a property and they happened to be away on holiday at the time.”

Cllr Michael Weinhonig, who attended the meeting, said he wanted to extend his personal thanks to the fire service and all the staff at the council.

He was grateful for their during the floods on February 14.

He added: “We also need to complement the residents of Bournemouth for their resilience.”

Monitoring continues

The River Stour has experienced problems with flooding this winter and water levels appeared high again this week.

Paul Ambrose said: “The River Stour is largely flooded from groundwater and it responds very quickly to rainfall.”

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said on Tuesday that the River Stour was not at imminent risk of flooding despite the increased recent rainfall.

He added: “It hasn’t triggered any of our alerts or warning systems but we will continue to monitor the area closely as we are aware of how wet it has been over the last day or two.”

On Tuesday it was revealed the Environment Agency’s flood defence spending in the South West has fallen from £45m in 2010-11 to £32m in 2013-14.

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12:41pm Sat 3 May 14

muscliffman says...

So he Council Flooding Manager says "“There has been a very big change in the weather patterns.”

What does he base this rather dramatic theatrical statement upon, we have just had an unusually wet winter and quite a mild one, so what? The previous year was quite cold and unusually snowy, next year could be cold and dry, or mild and very dry, or cold and windy....who knows, it's called weather it has underlying seasonal variations but does not adhere to 'patterns'.
So he Council Flooding Manager says "“There has been a very big change in the weather patterns.” What does he base this rather dramatic theatrical statement upon, we have just had an unusually wet winter and quite a mild one, so what? The previous year was quite cold and unusually snowy, next year could be cold and dry, or mild and very dry, or cold and windy....who knows, it's called weather it has underlying seasonal variations but does not adhere to 'patterns'. muscliffman
  • Score: 9

2:22pm Sat 3 May 14

anotherfatslob says...

It's the climate,it's changing thanks to our lifestyles :)

Hope this helps.
It's the climate,it's changing thanks to our lifestyles :) Hope this helps. anotherfatslob
  • Score: -14

3:01pm Sat 3 May 14

PUZZLED ONE says...

So Bournemouth's officials have 'scrutinised' the 'extraordinary winter weather'.
Exactly what do they think they are going to do to prevent a recurrence - wave a magic wand?
The article states that Cllr Michael Weinhonig said he was grateful for their during the floods.
I wonder what it was that he was meant to say?
So Bournemouth's officials have 'scrutinised' the 'extraordinary winter weather'. Exactly what do they think they are going to do to prevent a recurrence - wave a magic wand? The article states that Cllr Michael Weinhonig said he was grateful for their during the floods. I wonder what it was that he was meant to say? PUZZLED ONE
  • Score: 4

3:39pm Sat 3 May 14

wonderway says...

i wonder how much flood defence money the council have recieved from central government and spent it on other projects not conected to flooding as this money is not ring fence
i wonder how much flood defence money the council have recieved from central government and spent it on other projects not conected to flooding as this money is not ring fence wonderway
  • Score: 3

3:57pm Sat 3 May 14

Lord Spring says...

Why would Bournemouth Council need money for flood defence.
Why would Bournemouth Council need money for flood defence. Lord Spring
  • Score: 2

4:07pm Sat 3 May 14

muscliffman says...

anotherfatslob wrote:
It's the climate,it's changing thanks to our lifestyles :)

Hope this helps.
In what way, what is happening climatically now that did not happen time and again before we industrialised about 100 years ago - and sometimes far more dramatically? As far as any local flooding is concerned this year was nothing compared to flooding in the mid-seventies and on several other previous occasions.

Man made climate change = scam!
[quote][p][bold]anotherfatslob[/bold] wrote: It's the climate,it's changing thanks to our lifestyles :) Hope this helps.[/p][/quote]In what way, what is happening climatically now that did not happen time and again before we industrialised about 100 years ago - and sometimes far more dramatically? As far as any local flooding is concerned this year was nothing compared to flooding in the mid-seventies and on several other previous occasions. Man made climate change = scam! muscliffman
  • Score: 6

6:14pm Sat 3 May 14

chrisii1991 says...

Councils need to clear the drains and repair broken roads. And people don't all need a car. why cant more people walk to places?
Councils need to clear the drains and repair broken roads. And people don't all need a car. why cant more people walk to places? chrisii1991
  • Score: -2

9:29am Sun 4 May 14

jinglebell says...

Obviously the rest of us were completely oblivious to the volume of rain, the flooding, the sandbags the Council charged for etc etc. because the culmination of the Council's meeting was their statement, that this winter was “extraordinary”. Personally, I was shocked to hear it, I asked my friends, family and neighbours and they too were also shocked to hear this news, having all believed we had experienced a hot, sunny, rainfree winter.
Happily, we are now all enlightened by this Council statement.
Dare we ask if these intellectual wonders in B'mth's bumbling Council have actually put plans in place to safeguard properties etc. if we get high winter rainfall again....or maybe that requires many more meetings where no decisions are taken....but statements, however, to the local rag are issued telling us again that we had a very rainy winter .......because that helps.
Obviously the rest of us were completely oblivious to the volume of rain, the flooding, the sandbags the Council charged for etc etc. because the culmination of the Council's meeting was their statement, that this winter was “extraordinary”. Personally, I was shocked to hear it, I asked my friends, family and neighbours and they too were also shocked to hear this news, having all believed we had experienced a hot, sunny, rainfree winter. Happily, we are now all enlightened by this Council statement. Dare we ask if these intellectual wonders in B'mth's bumbling Council have actually put plans in place to safeguard properties etc. if we get high winter rainfall again....or maybe that requires many more meetings where no decisions are taken....but statements, however, to the local rag are issued telling us again that we had a very rainy winter .......because that helps. jinglebell
  • Score: 3

10:25am Sun 4 May 14

Phixer says...

anotherfatslob wrote:
It's the climate,it's changing thanks to our lifestyles :)

Hope this helps.
It's because of a significant population rise in recent decades. What we need is another world war, plague epidemics and mass euthanasia; are you volunteering for euthanasia to help save the planet?

Oh, and being a 'fat slob' means that you used more than your fair share of food, all grown with the help of chemicals which destroy the planet or are fed to animals producing too much smelly emissions.
[quote][p][bold]anotherfatslob[/bold] wrote: It's the climate,it's changing thanks to our lifestyles :) Hope this helps.[/p][/quote]It's because of a significant population rise in recent decades. What we need is another world war, plague epidemics and mass euthanasia; are you volunteering for euthanasia to help save the planet? Oh, and being a 'fat slob' means that you used more than your fair share of food, all grown with the help of chemicals which destroy the planet or are fed to animals producing too much smelly emissions. Phixer
  • Score: 1

6:19pm Sun 4 May 14

Yankee1 says...

No hurricanes?

No cyclones?

No tornadoes?

Diddums. You had a bit more rain than in recent years, but it is hardly historical.

A weather catastrophe occurs when many lives are lost. This was an inconvenience; not a disaster.
No hurricanes? No cyclones? No tornadoes? Diddums. You had a bit more rain than in recent years, but it is hardly historical. A weather catastrophe occurs when many lives are lost. This was an inconvenience; not a disaster. Yankee1
  • Score: -1

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