Bournemouth's Lower and Central gardens closed after torrential rain causes flooding

VIDEO: Bournemouth's Lower Gardens flooded after heavy rain

VIDEO: Bournemouth's Lower Gardens flooded after heavy rain

VIDEO: Bournemouth's Lower Gardens flooded after heavy rain

VIDEO: Bournemouth's Lower Gardens flooded after heavy rain

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PART of the Lower Gardens in Bournemouth have flooded after a torrential downpour this afternoon.

Footage captured by Aaron Thomas

 

The area was hit by thunderstorms in the mid-afternoon, with heavy rain and hail stones lashing down on the town.

It led to the gardens in Bournemouth quickly becoming flooded as the drainage system was overwhelmed.

Bournemouth Echo:

The low-lying area between the Bournemouth Balloon and the crazy golf course was particularly badly hit, with drains visibly erupting and a smell of sewage in the air.

It again led to questions about why the town’s drainage system could not cope.

See more pictures of the flash floods in a gallery

A spokesperson for Bournemouth council said: "Our parks team are currently in the Central and Lower Gardens assessing the flooding following the severe downpour this afternoon.

"In the meantime the gardens have been cordoned off and are closed to the public."

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Roads also quickly became awash, with some flooding, including close to Bournemouth town hall.

Bournemouth Echo: Pictures of flooding after heavy rain and thunderstorms hit Bournemouth and Poole

While residents in Branksome had scenes resembling winter rather than summer after hail storms left a blanket of white on this street. 

Bournemouth Echo:

Picture taken by Chris Wiseman

Bournemouth's Primark store had to be evacuated following the downpours after floors became too slippy for customers.

Stuart McAllister sent us this video of rain in Alder Hills

Do you have pictures or video of flooding? email them to digital@bournemouthecho.co.uk, tweet @Bournemouthecho or text 80360, starting your message with BE

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4:02pm Tue 8 Jul 14

chrisii1991 says...

winter all over again
winter all over again chrisii1991
  • Score: -10

4:26pm Tue 8 Jul 14

BIGTONE says...

First of many.
Well unprepared.
No money spent on prevention.
First of many. Well unprepared. No money spent on prevention. BIGTONE
  • Score: -4

4:28pm Tue 8 Jul 14

speedy231278 says...

Every time there's heavy rain, the drains pour into the gardens. The council don't seem to care a toss. The previous flood has gone, but now it's lashing down again, so it will be back!
Every time there's heavy rain, the drains pour into the gardens. The council don't seem to care a toss. The previous flood has gone, but now it's lashing down again, so it will be back! speedy231278
  • Score: 6

4:31pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Bonjovigirl says...

anymore rain and castlepoint will start to sink !!!
anymore rain and castlepoint will start to sink !!! Bonjovigirl
  • Score: 10

4:47pm Tue 8 Jul 14

sarahinpoole says...

Anyone know which Branksome street has been hailed?
Anyone know which Branksome street has been hailed? sarahinpoole
  • Score: -1

5:21pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Lord Spring says...

sarahinpoole wrote:
Anyone know which Branksome street has been hailed?
Where are the gritters when you need them.
[quote][p][bold]sarahinpoole[/bold] wrote: Anyone know which Branksome street has been hailed?[/p][/quote]Where are the gritters when you need them. Lord Spring
  • Score: -3

5:36pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Controversial But True says...

Make a change from being flooded by Eastern Europeans!!
Make a change from being flooded by Eastern Europeans!! Controversial But True
  • Score: 11

5:37pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Rasta dude says...

We are an island and surrounded be sea's and channels yet can't deal with a little down pour tut tut
We are an island and surrounded be sea's and channels yet can't deal with a little down pour tut tut Rasta dude
  • Score: -6

5:41pm Tue 8 Jul 14

BIGTONE says...

It again led to questions about why the town’s drainage system could not cope.......


Because the pumping station under the flyover can't cope with sewage and storm water and just backs up.
It again led to questions about why the town’s drainage system could not cope....... Because the pumping station under the flyover can't cope with sewage and storm water and just backs up. BIGTONE
  • Score: 4

6:16pm Tue 8 Jul 14

JemBmth says...

It wasn't rain, a friend of mine had problems with his drains...
It wasn't rain, a friend of mine had problems with his drains... JemBmth
  • Score: 0

6:21pm Tue 8 Jul 14

folkprotector says...

I've lived in the area for years yet I don't recall any newspaper reports about flooding in the Gardens after a little bit of heavy rain. Did I miss the reports then?
Oh, and why can't the drainage system cope?
I've lived in the area for years yet I don't recall any newspaper reports about flooding in the Gardens after a little bit of heavy rain. Did I miss the reports then? Oh, and why can't the drainage system cope? folkprotector
  • Score: -4

6:29pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Lord Spring says...

BIGTONE wrote:
It again led to questions about why the town’s drainage system could not cope.......


Because the pumping station under the flyover can't cope with sewage and storm water and just backs up.
And yet more flats will be built for more sewerage to be disposed off .
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: It again led to questions about why the town’s drainage system could not cope....... Because the pumping station under the flyover can't cope with sewage and storm water and just backs up.[/p][/quote]And yet more flats will be built for more sewerage to be disposed off . Lord Spring
  • Score: 4

6:31pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Lord Spring says...

folkprotector wrote:
I've lived in the area for years yet I don't recall any newspaper reports about flooding in the Gardens after a little bit of heavy rain. Did I miss the reports then?
Oh, and why can't the drainage system cope?
How many years.
[quote][p][bold]folkprotector[/bold] wrote: I've lived in the area for years yet I don't recall any newspaper reports about flooding in the Gardens after a little bit of heavy rain. Did I miss the reports then? Oh, and why can't the drainage system cope?[/p][/quote]How many years. Lord Spring
  • Score: -1

8:39pm Tue 8 Jul 14

caapprentice says...

It didn't rain or hail in Weymuff (:o))
It didn't rain or hail in Weymuff (:o)) caapprentice
  • Score: 1

8:55pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

sarahinpoole wrote:
Anyone know which Branksome street has been hailed?
From the photo I would guess at Sheringham Road
[quote][p][bold]sarahinpoole[/bold] wrote: Anyone know which Branksome street has been hailed?[/p][/quote]From the photo I would guess at Sheringham Road Marty Caine UKIP
  • Score: 0

9:50pm Tue 8 Jul 14

hamworthygirl says...

folkprotector wrote:
I've lived in the area for years yet I don't recall any newspaper reports about flooding in the Gardens after a little bit of heavy rain. Did I miss the reports then?
Oh, and why can't the drainage system cope?
http://www.bournemou
thecho.co.uk/news/92
03246.UPDATED__Flood
ing_and_travel_disru
ption_after_heavy_ra
in_hits_Dorset/

this was just 3 years ago
[quote][p][bold]folkprotector[/bold] wrote: I've lived in the area for years yet I don't recall any newspaper reports about flooding in the Gardens after a little bit of heavy rain. Did I miss the reports then? Oh, and why can't the drainage system cope?[/p][/quote]http://www.bournemou thecho.co.uk/news/92 03246.UPDATED__Flood ing_and_travel_disru ption_after_heavy_ra in_hits_Dorset/ this was just 3 years ago hamworthygirl
  • Score: 0

10:06pm Tue 8 Jul 14

rozmister says...

folkprotector wrote:
I've lived in the area for years yet I don't recall any newspaper reports about flooding in the Gardens after a little bit of heavy rain. Did I miss the reports then?
Oh, and why can't the drainage system cope?
They flooded in the heavy rain in the winter and I can remember them flooding a few years back and a guy kayaking through them. Those are just the two times that stand out to me but I'm sure there's more.
[quote][p][bold]folkprotector[/bold] wrote: I've lived in the area for years yet I don't recall any newspaper reports about flooding in the Gardens after a little bit of heavy rain. Did I miss the reports then? Oh, and why can't the drainage system cope?[/p][/quote]They flooded in the heavy rain in the winter and I can remember them flooding a few years back and a guy kayaking through them. Those are just the two times that stand out to me but I'm sure there's more. rozmister
  • Score: 2

10:14pm Tue 8 Jul 14

breamoreboy says...

Should we prepare plans to use hydro-electric rather than wind power?

Why does Bournemouth take a hammering but Christchurch escape relatively lightly?
Should we prepare plans to use hydro-electric rather than wind power? Why does Bournemouth take a hammering but Christchurch escape relatively lightly? breamoreboy
  • Score: -2

10:19pm Tue 8 Jul 14

hamworthygirl says...

rozmister wrote:
folkprotector wrote:
I've lived in the area for years yet I don't recall any newspaper reports about flooding in the Gardens after a little bit of heavy rain. Did I miss the reports then?
Oh, and why can't the drainage system cope?
They flooded in the heavy rain in the winter and I can remember them flooding a few years back and a guy kayaking through them. Those are just the two times that stand out to me but I'm sure there's more.
August 2011 there was a freak storm http://www.bournemou
thecho.co.uk/news/92
03246.UPDATED__Flood
ing_and_travel_disru
ption_after_heavy_ra
in_hits_Dorset/
[quote][p][bold]rozmister[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]folkprotector[/bold] wrote: I've lived in the area for years yet I don't recall any newspaper reports about flooding in the Gardens after a little bit of heavy rain. Did I miss the reports then? Oh, and why can't the drainage system cope?[/p][/quote]They flooded in the heavy rain in the winter and I can remember them flooding a few years back and a guy kayaking through them. Those are just the two times that stand out to me but I'm sure there's more.[/p][/quote]August 2011 there was a freak storm http://www.bournemou thecho.co.uk/news/92 03246.UPDATED__Flood ing_and_travel_disru ption_after_heavy_ra in_hits_Dorset/ hamworthygirl
  • Score: 2

10:34pm Tue 8 Jul 14

rozmister says...

folkprotector wrote:
I've lived in the area for years yet I don't recall any newspaper reports about flooding in the Gardens after a little bit of heavy rain. Did I miss the reports then?
Oh, and why can't the drainage system cope?
Valentines day this year, first day of the air festival 2011, january 2005, September 2008, October 2006. So five times in nine years? They're all taken from this paper.
[quote][p][bold]folkprotector[/bold] wrote: I've lived in the area for years yet I don't recall any newspaper reports about flooding in the Gardens after a little bit of heavy rain. Did I miss the reports then? Oh, and why can't the drainage system cope?[/p][/quote]Valentines day this year, first day of the air festival 2011, january 2005, September 2008, October 2006. So five times in nine years? They're all taken from this paper. rozmister
  • Score: 8

10:55pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Microwave001 says...

You would've thought after last time when the road exploded in Gervis Place that they'd do something about the strained drainage system and build a bigger storm drain to cope with it. It doesn't happen often but when it does it always seems to wipe out the lower half of Bournemouth town centre. Not good for travel or tourism at all.
You would've thought after last time when the road exploded in Gervis Place that they'd do something about the strained drainage system and build a bigger storm drain to cope with it. It doesn't happen often but when it does it always seems to wipe out the lower half of Bournemouth town centre. Not good for travel or tourism at all. Microwave001
  • Score: 2

7:21am Wed 9 Jul 14

ragdoll91 says...

And where does the sewage smelling storm drain take the water?? Into the sea by the pier. Nice. =/
ITs such a shame, the gardens were looking lovely last weekend. now it will be a smelly mud bath. not good for tourism at all. people won't want to walk from the beach to the square. I would have thought something like this would have been a priority for the council. Not exactly an advert for the town.
And where does the sewage smelling storm drain take the water?? Into the sea by the pier. Nice. =/ ITs such a shame, the gardens were looking lovely last weekend. now it will be a smelly mud bath. not good for tourism at all. people won't want to walk from the beach to the square. I would have thought something like this would have been a priority for the council. Not exactly an advert for the town. ragdoll91
  • Score: 0

8:48am Wed 9 Jul 14

BarrHumbug says...

Are the drains the councils responsibility or Wessex water?
The thing is if the Council/Water Board said we are going to spend £100m upgrading the drains and sewage pipes, the cost of which will have to be met by higher bills and will cause major traffic disruption everyone would be up in arms saying why should I have to pay for something that only happens during freak weather, once every couple of years and within half an hour its drained away!

Dammed if they do it, dammed if they don't
Are the drains the councils responsibility or Wessex water? The thing is if the Council/Water Board said we are going to spend £100m upgrading the drains and sewage pipes, the cost of which will have to be met by higher bills and will cause major traffic disruption everyone would be up in arms saying why should I have to pay for something that only happens during freak weather, once every couple of years and within half an hour its drained away! Dammed if they do it, dammed if they don't BarrHumbug
  • Score: 2

9:03am Wed 9 Jul 14

AdelaidePete says...

It poured here today too and it was the coldest day for ten years, barely made it to 12 degrees.
It poured here today too and it was the coldest day for ten years, barely made it to 12 degrees. AdelaidePete
  • Score: 0

9:42am Wed 9 Jul 14

TheDistrict says...

I am trying to recall if there were any flooding in the Lower Gardens before the arrival of the flyover, the Pier Approach changes, etc. Namely the building work and destruction of the same, has caused major problems under ground to the drainage network.
I am trying to recall if there were any flooding in the Lower Gardens before the arrival of the flyover, the Pier Approach changes, etc. Namely the building work and destruction of the same, has caused major problems under ground to the drainage network. TheDistrict
  • Score: 0

10:27am Wed 9 Jul 14

yet_another_one says...

rozmister wrote:
folkprotector wrote:
I've lived in the area for years yet I don't recall any newspaper reports about flooding in the Gardens after a little bit of heavy rain. Did I miss the reports then?
Oh, and why can't the drainage system cope?
They flooded in the heavy rain in the winter and I can remember them flooding a few years back and a guy kayaking through them. Those are just the two times that stand out to me but I'm sure there's more.
Climate change - more of this to come if those in government carry on doing sfa & sit on their backsides.
[quote][p][bold]rozmister[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]folkprotector[/bold] wrote: I've lived in the area for years yet I don't recall any newspaper reports about flooding in the Gardens after a little bit of heavy rain. Did I miss the reports then? Oh, and why can't the drainage system cope?[/p][/quote]They flooded in the heavy rain in the winter and I can remember them flooding a few years back and a guy kayaking through them. Those are just the two times that stand out to me but I'm sure there's more.[/p][/quote]Climate change - more of this to come if those in government carry on doing sfa & sit on their backsides. yet_another_one
  • Score: 2

12:22pm Wed 9 Jul 14

speedy231278 says...

yet_another_one wrote:
rozmister wrote:
folkprotector wrote:
I've lived in the area for years yet I don't recall any newspaper reports about flooding in the Gardens after a little bit of heavy rain. Did I miss the reports then?
Oh, and why can't the drainage system cope?
They flooded in the heavy rain in the winter and I can remember them flooding a few years back and a guy kayaking through them. Those are just the two times that stand out to me but I'm sure there's more.
Climate change - more of this to come if those in government carry on doing sfa & sit on their backsides.
Nothing to do with climate change and everything to do with building vast quantities of student blocks everywhere, and not upgrading the drainage system to cope. This doesn't happen very often, but it does happen EVERY time there is a sudden deluge of rain. The drain in the gardens erupts without fail after 10 mins or more of heavy rain, and carries on for about half an hour after it stops. Right now, the area that a few days ago was full of sunbathers is now quite literally covered in sh!t and bog paper!
[quote][p][bold]yet_another_one[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rozmister[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]folkprotector[/bold] wrote: I've lived in the area for years yet I don't recall any newspaper reports about flooding in the Gardens after a little bit of heavy rain. Did I miss the reports then? Oh, and why can't the drainage system cope?[/p][/quote]They flooded in the heavy rain in the winter and I can remember them flooding a few years back and a guy kayaking through them. Those are just the two times that stand out to me but I'm sure there's more.[/p][/quote]Climate change - more of this to come if those in government carry on doing sfa & sit on their backsides.[/p][/quote]Nothing to do with climate change and everything to do with building vast quantities of student blocks everywhere, and not upgrading the drainage system to cope. This doesn't happen very often, but it does happen EVERY time there is a sudden deluge of rain. The drain in the gardens erupts without fail after 10 mins or more of heavy rain, and carries on for about half an hour after it stops. Right now, the area that a few days ago was full of sunbathers is now quite literally covered in sh!t and bog paper! speedy231278
  • Score: 3

8:16pm Wed 9 Jul 14

rozmister says...

TheDistrict wrote:
I am trying to recall if there were any flooding in the Lower Gardens before the arrival of the flyover, the Pier Approach changes, etc. Namely the building work and destruction of the same, has caused major problems under ground to the drainage network.
Much bigger more urban cities don't have problems with the drainage system spewing out sewage every time there's heavy rain so it's more a failure to upgrade the system in line with development.
[quote][p][bold]TheDistrict[/bold] wrote: I am trying to recall if there were any flooding in the Lower Gardens before the arrival of the flyover, the Pier Approach changes, etc. Namely the building work and destruction of the same, has caused major problems under ground to the drainage network.[/p][/quote]Much bigger more urban cities don't have problems with the drainage system spewing out sewage every time there's heavy rain so it's more a failure to upgrade the system in line with development. rozmister
  • Score: 0

9:35pm Wed 9 Jul 14

yet_another_one says...

speedy231278 wrote:
yet_another_one wrote:
rozmister wrote:
folkprotector wrote:
I've lived in the area for years yet I don't recall any newspaper reports about flooding in the Gardens after a little bit of heavy rain. Did I miss the reports then?
Oh, and why can't the drainage system cope?
They flooded in the heavy rain in the winter and I can remember them flooding a few years back and a guy kayaking through them. Those are just the two times that stand out to me but I'm sure there's more.
Climate change - more of this to come if those in government carry on doing sfa & sit on their backsides.
Nothing to do with climate change and everything to do with building vast quantities of student blocks everywhere, and not upgrading the drainage system to cope. This doesn't happen very often, but it does happen EVERY time there is a sudden deluge of rain. The drain in the gardens erupts without fail after 10 mins or more of heavy rain, and carries on for about half an hour after it stops. Right now, the area that a few days ago was full of sunbathers is now quite literally covered in sh!t and bog paper!
Totally disagree, such disasters happen as a result of freak weather.
Though the building of student blocks doesn't help when it overloads our existing infrastructure. Planning committees should consider such issues before granting permission for expansion.
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yet_another_one[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rozmister[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]folkprotector[/bold] wrote: I've lived in the area for years yet I don't recall any newspaper reports about flooding in the Gardens after a little bit of heavy rain. Did I miss the reports then? Oh, and why can't the drainage system cope?[/p][/quote]They flooded in the heavy rain in the winter and I can remember them flooding a few years back and a guy kayaking through them. Those are just the two times that stand out to me but I'm sure there's more.[/p][/quote]Climate change - more of this to come if those in government carry on doing sfa & sit on their backsides.[/p][/quote]Nothing to do with climate change and everything to do with building vast quantities of student blocks everywhere, and not upgrading the drainage system to cope. This doesn't happen very often, but it does happen EVERY time there is a sudden deluge of rain. The drain in the gardens erupts without fail after 10 mins or more of heavy rain, and carries on for about half an hour after it stops. Right now, the area that a few days ago was full of sunbathers is now quite literally covered in sh!t and bog paper![/p][/quote]Totally disagree, such disasters happen as a result of freak weather. Though the building of student blocks doesn't help when it overloads our existing infrastructure. Planning committees should consider such issues before granting permission for expansion. yet_another_one
  • Score: 0

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