More Weather chaos set to strike Dorset

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  • The worst of the weather looks to be over for now, although the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Monday morning.
  • If you are worried about flooding contact the Environment Agency on 0845 988 1188, visit their website http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk or call the emergency services on 999 if urgent.

9:36am

The worst of the weather looks to be over for now, although there are still some flood alerts in place for south and west Dorset.

Trains and Condor Ferries are running as normal.

For more on the weather to come, including details of the weather warning in place for tomorrow night, click here

5:20pm

And another picture taken of Lyme Regis earlier this afternoon. Here, you can see an extremely rough sea with Golden Cap in the background. Picture: Watershed PR.

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5:16pm

Here's a picture taken earlier today of waves crashing over the Cobb at Lyme Regis. Picture courtesy of Watershed PR.

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1:26pm

Latest delays and cancellations from First Dorset bus services.

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1:05pm

A yellow weather warning of rain has been issued for the South West on Sunday evening.

The warning will run from midnight on Sunday until 9am on Monday.

A Met Office spokesperson said: "Further rain, heavy at times, is expected to spread quickly eastwards across southwest England on Sunday night and into Monday morning.

"Rainfall totals are expected to be widely 15 to 20mm, but as much as 40 to 50mm over windward coasts and hills.

"With ground already saturated over much of this region, the public should be aware of the risk of further local flooding.

"In addition, strong winds gusting up to 60 mph over more-exposed locations will accompany the rain."

12:52pm

ENVIRONMENT AGENCY LATEST:

There are currently two flood warnings and 15 flood alerts in place across the South West.

Flood alerts include ground water flooding in the West Dorset area including Bridport, Nottington, Upwey, Piddlehinton, Piddletrenthide, Martinstown, Milborne St Andrew, Chideock and the Winterborne villages.

There is also a flood warning in place for streams and rivers between Dorchester and Wareham.

An Environment Agency spokesperson said: “River levels remain high, but have started to recede. Further significant rainfall is expected at the beginning of next week.”


11:50am

LATEST TRAVEL UPDATES:

The A341 Magna Road in Bournemouth is blocked both ways between the King John Avenue junction and the Arrowsmith Road junction because of flooding.

The B3078 Cranborne Road in Colehill, Wimborne Minster is also blocked in both directions near the Furzehill junction because of flooding.

Stapehill Road in Hampreston, Ferndown is blocked in both directions between the B3073 Ham Lane junction and the Wimborne Road West junction because of flooding.

There is also slow traffic on the A31 in both directions in Wimborne Minster between Merley Roundabout and Canford Bottom Roundabout.


 

11:36am

Here are the latest train delays and cancellations between Weymouth and London Waterloo:


 

11:20am

Another Dorset Live Weather table here showing rainfall rates in Dorset from midnight to 11am this morning.

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11:11am

No major disruption on the roads this morning but keep checking the blog for updates as windy weather is set to continue throughout the day.

11:00am

We have reports of fallen trees in the Burton Bradstock and Wooton Fitzpaine areas, which are partially blocking minor roads and lanes.
Bridport Police and West Bay Safer Neighbourhood Team are urging drivers to take care in the area.

10:41am

The Condor Ferries fast ferry service due to leave Weymouth at 10am this morning has been cancelled.

A spokesperson from Condor Ferries said: "Due to extreme weather conditions in the English Channel the UK to Channel Islands Fast Ferry Service scheduled to depart from Weymouth at 10am on Friday 27th December 2013 has been cancelled.

"We are currently contacting all passengers to offer alternative options."

Below is a list of re-scheduled ferry times available at the Condor Ferries website.

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10:38am

First Great Western services are now up and running once again and services are running normally.

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10:33am

First Great Western train services between Yeovil Pen Mill and Weymouth were delayed early this morning due to flooding.

The flooding meant that all lines were blocked and customers were urged to expect delays and cancellations.

10:02am

Weather enthusiast Jacques Steventon has provided us with weather statistics from his Dorset Live Weather table below, showing the speed of wind gusts from 10pm last night until 9am this morning.

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8:21am

South West Trains will today run a Saturday service pattern, but a revised timetable will run due to major engineering work at London Waterloo.

This work will affect services throughout the South West Trains area and all passengers should check their journey details before travelling.

Trains to Weymouth will run to and from London Waterloo but make additional stops with longer journey times. Some services will start earlier than normal from London Waterloo.

A spokesperson said: "Following the adverse weather experienced across the South of England on Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 December when over 140 trees fell and there was flooding at nine separate locations, maintenance teams have worked through Christmas Day and Boxing Day to carry out repairs.

"Most routes are now running, there has been some delay to services while routes have been re-checked for obstructions."

8:07am

The Met Office forecast winds of up to 28mph in Weymouth this morning.

It is believed the high winds will continue until midday, dropping down to 23mph by 3pm today and dropping further to 16mph by 9pm this evening.

Here is the latest weather forecast from the Met Office website:

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7:39am

Good morning everyone, the Met Office have issued a yellow weather warning of wind throughout the South West continuing until 9pm this evening.

The warning was issued shortly before 9pm last night and warns the public to be aware of the potential for disruption, especially where high winds are combined with heavy rainfall.

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West Bay: Picture Bill Knight

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2:24pm

Traffic now moving freely on A35 in and around Dorchester

1:33pm

Latest from the Met Office: Widespread gales are expected to develop on Thursday night and last much of Friday bringing gusts of 50 or 60 mph inland and gusts to 70 or 80 mph to some coastal areas and high ground.  This warning has been updated to extend the area slightly further south across England.

The public should be aware of the potential for disruption, especially where the high winds are combined with heavy rainfall. Please watch for possible updates to this warning, especially those who have travel plans.

1:23pm

Slow traffic on A35 eastbound in Dorchester between Football Ground Roundabout and Stinsford roundabout.

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Very slow traffic on A35 westbound in Puddletown Forest from Troytown turn off to Stinsford roundabout.

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11:36am

LATEST FROM ENVIRONMENT AGENCY:

 

As of 11.30 today there are flood warning in place for:

 

Farms at Sturminster Marshall, Cowgrove, Shops in Wimborne, Mill Street in Corfe Mullen, Bridge House Hotel in Ferndown, Brecon Close, Ringwood Road, Throop Road in Bournemouth, Barrack Road and Willow Way in Christchurch


• Stour Park Homes Site and Water Lane Farm
• Redhill and Wheatplot Home Sites
• Bickerley, Ringwood and the B3347 from Christchurch to Sopley Road in Christchurch

11:29am

Longham Bridge in Longham re-opened in both directions at the Green Lane junction

9:59am

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Water levers have dropped overnight at the Iford Bridge site. Picture Corin Messer

9:49am

Roads latest: Main routes are clear but some surface water. Drivers being urged to take care and not to drive into flood water.

A350 in Sturminster Marshall closed in both directions around the Newton Road junction, because of flooding.

Longham Bridge in Longham closed in both directions at the Green Lane junction, because of flooding. Diversion in operation

9:47am

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River Stour floods at Blandford. Pictures Richard James

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River Stour floods at Blandford. Pictures Richard James

 

 

 

9:41am

FORECASTERS are warning of more wet weather misery to strike on Friday as calmer weather on Boxing Day brings a brief respite to flood-hit residents across Dorset.

The water levels on the River Stour had receded this morning but a severe flood warning is still in place by the Environment Agency for Iford Bridge Home Park and Beaulieu Garden Park Home site.

There are also flood warnings in place for eight other locations across Dorset including the Lower Stour at Sturminster Marshall to Christchurch, Jumpers, Canford and Redhill, and the Middle Stour from Sturminster Newton to Sturminster Marshall and the Lower Frome from East Stoke to Wareham.

Yesterday more than 100 residents were evacuated from their mobile homes at Iford and Christchurch.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for midnight tonight until 9pm on Friday for heavy rain.

A spokesperson said: “Spells of rain affecting the UK late Thursday and Friday are expected to be heavy at times with 10 to 20 mm expected to fall quite widely.

“Locally in excess of 30 mm is likely over parts of Wales, Northern Ireland and southern England by mid-morning whilst more than 40 mm are expected over parts of Scotland and northern England.


“The public should be aware of the potential for disruption, especially where ground is already saturated and where high winds are combined with heavy rainfall.”

The chief forecaster said: “Another deep area of low pressure developing over the Atlantic Ocean will bring another spell of wet and windy weather across the UK as it tracks northeastwards past northwestern Britain later on Thursday and during Friday.

“Relative to recent storms that have affected the UK, Friday's depression is looking less intense and the extent of associated impacts are currently thought to be less severe. However, at this stage there remain some uncertainties concerning the track and depth of this storm and this warning will be re-assessed and updated on Boxing Day.”

Simon Parker, emergency planning officer at Dorset County Council said: “For us the majority of the problems came on Christmas Eve although Christmas Day it has impacted on the Bournemouth side.

“We were dealing with the area around Ferndown with the caravan parks on Christmas Day and managed to re-house about 30 of them but a lot of them ended up going to a local furniture store - David Phipps - before they were taken back to the day centre overnight.

“One farmer had around 130 sheep washed away down the Stour and services helped to deal with that, collecting the sheep down the River Stour.

“The rain that is forecast for Friday is going to be fairly intense, falling onto already saturated land and the effects of this could mean the situation worsens because of that.

“Where there are already swollen rivers and the ground is saturated, this could mean a repeat of what we have seen.

"It's a situation which is being closely monitored by all our staff and I would like to thank them for their efforts this week.”

Hundreds of residents in Dorset and the New Forest were still without power last night with engineers from Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) working through the day to restore power to affected households.

At their last update, SSE said 960 people were without power in the New Forest – including 52 in Burley, and there were also 96 people in Poole without electricity.

3:46pm

ENGINEERS are still working to restore nearly 2,000 homes across Dorset and the New Forest without power.

A statement from SSE – Scottish and Southern Energy – this afternoon said more than 19,000 customers across their network are still without power.

Engineers have been working since 6am to get everyone back on but it is possible that many won’t have power until Boxing Day, the Energy Network Association have said.

In Bournemouth, 380 people are still without power, with 96 in Poole and 1,350 in the New Forest.

A spokesperson for SSE said in their statement at 11.45am on Christmas Day: “Affected areas are mainly rural in nature.

“We had staff in the field overnight switching round networks to locate faults in preparation for later repair.

“We are out calling vulnerable customers providing help and assistance where required and have over 50 people taking calls. We have received over 3000 calls so far today.

“Our mobile generation fleet, supplemented by sets from our contractors, is being deployed as circumstances allow.

“We continue to liaise with Local Authority Strategic Coordinating Groups to ensure vulnerable customers are cared for and kept informed.

3:35pm

The latest Flood warnings from the Environment Agency as of 3pm on Christmas Day. 

Severe Flood Warnings •

•Beaulieu Garden Home Site, Christchurch.
• Iford Bridge Home Park 

Flood warnings

• Grove Farm Park Home Site

• Lower Stour at Jumpers Common and Iford Bridge area

• Lower Stour at Canford

• Lower Stour at Stour Park Homes

• Lower Stour at Redhill and Wheatplot Home Sites

• Lower Avon from Ringwood to Christchurch – Bickerley, Ringwood and B3347 from Christchurch to Sopley Road in Christchurch

• Lower Stour from Sturminster Marshall to Christchurch - Farms at Sturminster Marshall, Cowgrove, Shops in Wimborne, Mill Street in Corfe Mullen, Bridge House Hotel in Ferndown, Brecon Close, Ringwood Road, Throop Road in Bournemouth, Barrack Road and Willow Way in Christchurch

• Middle Stour from Sturminster Newton to Sturminster Marshall - Hammoon, Bere Marsh, Stourpaine, Durweston and Lower Blandford St Mary

• Lower Frome from East Stoke to Wareham - areas in East Stoke, Holmebridge, Stoborough, Stoborough Green, Wareham, Redcliffe, Ridge and Swineham

11:54am

RESIDENTS evacuated from their homes have spoken of their shock and distress.

More than 100 people were evacuated in the early hours of Christmas Day from their homes after the River Stour burst its banks.

Around 30 are still being looked after at Boscombe Day Centre, with many already picked by family and friends.

A Christmas lunch has been provided free by Forerunner meals on wheels service in Southbourne.

Marion Pope, 64, said she was evacuated from her home with husband Patrick and Poppy the dog and Alfie the cat.

She said: “It was terrible we had a couple of minutes to get out. We haven’t brought anything just the clothes we are standing up in. It’s dreadful but at least we’re okay.

“I nearly drowned when I was little, so I’m terrified of water. It was probably more distressing for propel in their 80s and 90s though.”

Henry Higgins, 92, said police knocked on his door at Iford Bridge around 4am.

“Two police officers carried me across the water. I’m fed up and want to go home", he said.

“Everyone has done a good job of looking after us though.”

Mr Higgins, a Second World War veteran who was in Burma with the Royal Artillery and also at Dunkirk, praised the emergency services, adding: “It’s the old Dunkirk spirit.”

Tim Branson service manager for Bournemouth Council’s Social Services department said they were first alerted at 2.45am.

He said some members of the team went straight to the park to help get it evacuated while others went to the day centre to get it ready.

“It was a really good effort by all the service including police and fire and the NHS to get everyone evacuated”, he said.

In total it took four hours to get the whole park cleared.

“We have a lot of shocked and distressed people. Some stayed away overnight and have come back to find the place has been flooded out.”

Most if not all the properties have been affected by water, the fire service has told him.

The high water levels were caused by a combination of high tide and heavy rain.

Mr Branson also praised the park home site’s evacuation plan.

Day centre manager Jenni Collis-Heavens said they had about 30 people, which was fewer than anticipated.

“The priority was to make sure they are warmed and fed and having all the medication they needed.

“Later today the priority is to make sure everyone who needs it has bed and breakfast accommodation.

“Everyone has pulled together fantastically.”

Muriel Hollis, 72, said: “We have been looked after tremendously. It’s all a bit of a shock.

“I’m looking forward to going home as soon as possible.”

She was being looked after by district nurse Amy Lee.

11:51am

A31 in Ringwood now cleared following an earlier accident

10:32am

Roads remain blocked by fallen tres and flooding this morning as the Met Office warns of more heavy rain throughout Christmas Day.

West Dorset escaped the worst of the weather whilst east Dorset suffered major flooding.

The A350 in Sturminster Marshall is still closed in both directions around the Newton Road junction

New Road in Bournemouth is flooded and Longham Bridge is also closed due to flooding.

There is surface water on the Avon Causeway and reports of a fallen tree.

The B3347 road between Ringwood and Christchurch is also believed to be blocked due to a fallen tree at Avon.

Matchams Lane is also partially closed in Christchurch due to surface water.

More than 100 residents have also been evacuated from mobile home parks overnight due to rising water levels in the Stour. 

The residents have been taken to a day centre in Boscombe due to the River Stour bursting its banks overnight.

 

Emergency services carried out the evacuation in the early hours of this morning and many remain on scene to monitor the water levels after high tide this morning.

The Met Office have issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rain for Dorset today until 6am tomorrow.

The warning, which was put out in the early hours of Christmas Day, says further heavy showers are likely to affect southern counties of England at times during Christmas Day and into the early hours of Boxing Day.

A spokesperson said: "Following recent heavy rainfall and continuing problems with flooding in some parts of southern England, the public should remain aware of the risk of further disruption to travel.

"Showers will move inland from the English Channel at times today, some being heavy with a risk of hail and thunder.

"Most of the showers will move through fairly quickly giving no more than 2 to 5 mm of rain, but there is the possibility that they will become slow moving in narrow lines through the evening and into the early hours of Thursday, leading to a risk of 20 mm of rain falling very locally within 3 hours, mainly near English Channel coasts."

10:26am

A350 in Sturminster Marshall still closed in both directions around the Newton Road junction, because of flooding.

10:25am

Currently there are delays following an accident on A31 westbound between Ringwood in New Forest and Palmersford Roundabout in Hampreston

9:11am

MAJOR disruption continues across Dorset this morning as more residents have been evacuated from homes due to rising river levels.

Residents of Iford Bridge Home Park were evacuated at 3am today, Christmas Day, following a severe flood warning from the Environment Agency.

Around 15 residents at Beaulieu Gardens Home Park in Christchurch were also evacuated at 5.30am today.

Residents have been evacuated to the Boscombe Day Centre, Owl Road, in Boscombe.

Dorset Police anticipate more than 100 people will need to be accommodated.

A spokesperson for Dorset Police said the force together with partner agencies have been monitoring the river levels of the River Stour closely, carrying out continual assessments and identifying the areas most at risk over the past 24 hours.

Residents within those areas were alerted to the possibility of flooding and possible evacuation.

The evacuation comes as The Met Office issued another yellow weather warning for heavy rain from 7am today until 6am tomorrow.

A spokesperson for the Met Office said:"Showers will move inland from the English Channel at times today, some being heavy with a risk of hail and thunder.

"Most of the showers will move through fairly quickly giving no more than 2 to 5 mm of rain, but there is the possibility that they will become slow moving in narrow lines through the evening and into the early hours of Thursday, leading to a risk of 20 mm of rain falling very locally within 3 hours, mainly near English Channel coasts."

A spokesperson for Dorset Police said: "This is a full multi-agency operation.

"Occupants of properties at risk of flooding who have concerns or are unsure what to do should contact the Environment Agency on 0845 988 1188, visit their website http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk or call the emergency services on 999 if urgent.

"All agencies are working together on this operation and will continue throughout Christmas Day."

Bournemouth Council is also on the scene assisting with the evacuation of Iford Bridge Park Homes, Bournemouth.

"We have been working through the night with partner agencies, including the Environment Agency, Police and Fire, as well as mobilising voluntary sector colleagues, in readiness for any required evacuation", a spokesperson said.

Kim Drake, director for Social Care at Bournemouth Council said: "The Council has set up an emergency rest centre at Boscombe Day Centre to make those evacuated warm and comfortable.

"Our staff are doing all they can to make the rest centre welcoming, with help from the WRVS and Red Cross. We have plentiful blankets and food available, but of course understand that this is very much not the Christmas morning that the residents were hoping for."

She added: "We are doing all that we can to contact people's relatives and try to get those evacuated to familiar environments so that they can enjoy a Christmas Day with family wherever possible."

6:08pm

First Great Western Trains and South West Trains to and from Weymouth hit
 
 

6:06pm

ROADS LATEST: A31 in Ferndown still closed and delays in both directions between Palmersford Roundabout and Canford Bottom Roundabout, because of flooding. Congestion to Merley Roundabout.

 

Slow traffic on A348 Ringwood Road southbound in Bournemouth between the Ringwood Road junction and Mountbatten Roundabout.

 

A350 Dorset - Flooding on A350 High Street in Spetisbury near the B3075 Louse Lane junction.

 

Heavy traffic but no blockages on A35 and A37.

 

 

6:04pm

We've had a quote from Neil Farmer, Strategic Director at East Dorset District Council, on the flooding at Gladelands Caravan Park today.

He said: "East Dorset District Council, Dorset County Council, the emergency services and volunteers are working together doing everything we can to help the people who have been unfortunately affected by this flooding. People are being taken to the Barrington Centre in Ferndown where we are trying to contact friends or relatives who may be able to help. Our Housing team are at the Centre trying to find emergency accommodation for those who cannot go to friends or relatives. If no accommodation is available, then we will try to make people as comfortable as possible at the Barrington Centre for as long as it takes for the situation to ease

6:03pm

THREE people from a property in Lytchett Matravers were taken to hospital this morning with carbon monoxide poisoning.

A spokesperson for Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said they received a call at 9.25am to an address on Dean Drove and a fire engine and one hazardous materials and items unit proceeded to the scene.

They said that the house was affected by a power cut on Monday evening and an electric generator had been started up in a confined space.

One person was taken out of the property by firefighters, while two others were able to walk out, and all three were taken by Dorset Ambulance Service to hospital.

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service took the opportunity to remind residents that due to the recent and ongoing bout of bad weather, if a generator is used, it should be placed in an open room where air can circulate easily.

The spokesperson added that carbon monoxide poisoning can prove fatal.

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4:29pm

Several thousand people locally still have no electricity following the storms, Southern Electric Power Distribution (SEPD) has said.

There are still 3,000 customers without power in the New Forest, 1,000 around Bournemouth and 1,500 in Poole.

A statement from SEPD, which covers central southern England and the north of Scotland, said: “Currently, around 65,000 homes are without power in the SEPD area. Conditions remain extremely challenging with severe flooding in some areas and trees having been brought down, making travel and access difficult.”

Anyone who has lost their power supply should ring 0800 072 7282, particularly if reporting damage or aware of neighbours or friends who may need extra help.

4:21pm

Portland Coastguard received a call from a woman at 3.20pm this afternoon who thought that two lads in two kayaks were in difficulties on the River Stour at Spestibury, near Blandford.

The helicopter went to see if assistance was needed but one of the kayakers saw the helicopter overhead and phoned the coastguards to say that they were OK.

4:20pm

We have the following statement from Dorset Police on the A31 closure:

Dorset Police is working with the local authority to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

The A31 is currently closed between the Ameysford roundabout and the A347. The closure is causing considerable congestion in the area, particularly along the A347 and A348 Ringwood Road.

Chief Inspector Ben Hargreaves, of Dorset Police, said: “I would like to remind motorists please don’t ignore the road closure signs. I would also urge drivers to only make essential journeys in the area.”

4:19pm

Delays on A35 in both directions in Dorchester between Football Ground Roundabout and Broadmayne turning because of an accident involving two or three vehicles.

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3:08pm

A reduced service continues to run across the South West Trains network due to flooding and fallen trees blocking miles of track.

 Maintenance teams have worked through the night to carry out repairs and clear lines. However, there are still dozens of trees to be removed from the track and flooding at several sites is being monitored.

As a result, a reduced number of services are running, and no trains are currently operating on the following routes:
•    West of England line between Salisbury and Exeter
•    Strawberry Hill to Shepperton
•    Wokingham to Reading
•    Weybridge to Virginia Water
•    Guildford to Havant (via Portsmouth)
South West Trains is continuing to advise people not to travel unless absolutely necessary and passengers planning to return home from London this evening are strongly advised to travel as early as possible.  
Last services from Waterloo are currently planning to depart between 19.00 and 21.00 and full details of the individual train services can be found at southwesttrains.co.uk.  Trains will be operating at maximum capacity but are expected to be extremely busy. Due to the ongoing service disruption, all services are also subject to change and passengers are therefore strongly advised to travel early.
Passengers who have to travel should check the latest service information at southwesttrains.co.uk and on Twitter #StormSWT. Ticket flexibility has been increased to allow passengers to change their time of travel if necessary.

Several train operators in the London area started services later than normal to allow trains to check lines are safe to run passenger services. Hundreds of homes in the south west of England are without power as a result of the storm, and a number of roads are blocked by fallen trees. Flights are also subject to delays and disruption.

 

3:05pm

ROADS UPDATE: A35 at Baker's Arms Roundabout now clear but traffic slow.

 

B3092 which was blocked earlier on Bridge Street in both directions in Sturminster Newton at the A357 Newton Hill junction is also clear.

2:54pm

Roads latest: A31 in Ferndown closed and long delays in both directions between Palmersford Roundabout and Canford Bottom Roundabout, because of flooding. Congestion to Merley Roundabout. Work beingundertaken to clear road but alternative routes in place.

 

A30 still closed in both directions between the B3092 Scotchey Hill junction in West Stour and Bellman's Cross in Henstridge, because of flooding.

 

A35 just passable at Bakers Arms roundabout near Poole. Heavy traffic on all routes heading east.

A37 north of Dorchester passable near Charminster due to flooding.

2:50pm

2:41pm

A30 still closed in both directions between the B3092 Scotchey Hill junction in West Stour and Bellman's Cross in Henstridge, because of flooding.

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2:28pm

Around 50 to 60 residents have already been rescued from Gladelands Caravan Park by boat according to a spokesperson from Dorset Fire and Rescue service.

The rescue operation is still ongoing and three fire crews from Christchurch have attended the incident.

They are using an inflatable dingy, two land rovers and a specially adapted fire engine.

A spokesperson from Dorset Fire and Rescue service said: “Properties are submerged with at least 4ft of water and this is still rising.

"At least 50 to 60 residents have already been rescued and the operation is still ongoing.  Two horses have also been rescued."

 

2:27pm

David Phipps House Furnisher in Ferndown has been handing out tea and coffee to all those affected by the flooding at Gladelands Caravan Park.

2:26pm

Dorset Police has released some travel advice and information in the wake of the flooding at Gladelands Caravan Park in Ferndown.

PC Mark Palmer from Dorset Police requested vehicles to use the A338 towards Poole.

He also advised local traffic to use Horton Road.

2:15pm

Roads latest: A31 closed at Ferndown and A35 just passable at Bakers Arms roundabout near Poole. Heavy traffic on all routes heading east. A37 north of Dorchester passable near Charminster due to flooding.

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Photographer Geoff Moore took this photo of flood waters around a Weymouth restaurant

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The A31 is closed between Palmesford Roundabout and Canford Bottom.

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12:58pm

This is the latest on road closures across the county:

  • A30 closed in both directions between the B3092 Scotchey Hill junction in West Stour and Bellman's Cross in Henstridge, because of flooding.
  • The A35 is passable on A35 in both directions in Lytchett Minster at Bakers Arms Roundabout.
  • There is flooding on the A37 northbound in Charminster around the A352 junction.
  • The B3092 Bridge Street in Sturminster Newton is blocked in both directions at the A357 Newton Hill junction, because of flooding.

12:58pm

A35 re-opened eastbound between Shell roundabout in Bere Regis and Bakers Arms Roundabout in Lytchett Minster, because of flooding earlier.

12:53pm

And here's the tree that crashed across the road on Nottington Lane earlier:

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12:53pm

Our photographer Graham Hunt has been out getting pics of the worst of the weather this morning.

Here's the River Frome, which burst its banks at Wool:

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12:27pm

The road is just passable on A35 in both directions in Lytchett Minster at Bakers Arms Roundabout, because of flooding. On the roundabout.

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12:19pm

 A30 closed in both directions between the B3092 Scotchey Hill junction in West Stour and Bellman's Cross in Henstridge, because of flooding.

11:58am

A31 - Canford Bottom is now OPEN, following earlier downed power lines being repaired

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10:45am

We've just spoken to Mark Lockie who has confirmed that tomorrow's Christmas Day harbour swim in Weymouth is going ahead.

He said: "We have checked the forecast and Environmental Health have cleared it.

"It looks like it might rain but people are going to get wet anyway."

There's still time to get involved - you can register up to 10.45am on the day.

The first race will be started by Mayor of Weymouth and Portland Ray Banham at 11am.

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10:39am

The latest from Southern Electric is that there are around 9,000 homes without power across the south of England, including:

  • 900 in Bournemouth
  • 10,500 in Poole
  • 1,900 in Yeovil
  • 2,700 in other scattered locations

A spokesman said further breakdowns for south and west Dorset are not available at the moment.

He added: "Repairs will continue througout the day and every effort will be made to restore power to customers as quickly as possible."

 

10:32am

Some more pics of the animals at Weymouth SeaLife Park after their stormy night. Lauren Timson feeding the turtles with Brussel sprouts and the otters, who still have their sleigh in their enclosure.

Pic credit: Weymouth SeaLife Park

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10:27am

Here's a picture of the penguins at Weymouth SeaLife Park. All the creatures survived the night after commerial manager Rob Barr spent the night checking all the animals were safe and there was no flooding.

He said: "Apart from a few trees down around the outskirts we were very lucky to not be affected by the storm especially with the flood warnings in place."

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A37 Ilchester Road - closed by flooding between Combe Street Lane Roundabout, Yeovil and B3151 Church Street, Ilchester.

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10:21am

A31 in Wimborne Minster closed in both directions between Canford Bottom Roundabout and Merley Roundabout, because of a fallen tree and fallen power cables.

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A spokesman for the Met Office said the forecast is looking better over Christmas.

He said: "For Christmas Day and Boxing Day, we are expecting a colder and less windy interlude with overnight frosts and sunny spells and a wintry mix of showers, so there is a chance that some places, especially the higher ground of the west and north, may see a White Christmas.

"For most of us though Christmas is likely to be green not white.

"Another Atlantic depression is expected to bring a further spell of wet and stormy weather to the UK on Friday."

10:11am

Hurn in Dorset had one of the highest levels of rainfall in the country last night. The Met Office said 29.8mm were recorded.

The place with the highest rainfall was Greater London where 53.6mm fell.

The strongest gusts were recorded at the Needles Old Battery on the Isle of Wight with a maximum speed of 92mph.

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9:59am

A3030 Bishops Caundle remains closed in both directions near Caundle Lane due to flooding.

9:56am

Dorset Police said the west side of Baker's Arms on the A35 is still under four feet of water and is impassable.

9:55am

9:52am

B3092 Bridge Street in Sturminster Newton blocked in both directions at the A357 Newton Hill junction, because of flooding.

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9:43am

All South West Train routes have been reopened

9:43am

Weymouth weatherman Bob Poots said last night's rain has taken the December rainfall to well above average.

He recorded 40.2mm of rain last night in the town and gusts of 58mph.

Mr Poots said: "We normally get 88mm of rain in December, so with what we got last night we're now on 122mm which is about 150 per cent of what we normally have.

"It is unusual to get gusts of wind that strong in Weymouth, and I expect it was even stronger out on the exposed areas of Portland."

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9:29am

One reader giving us this good advice:

9:18am Tue 24 Dec 13

IslandJim1 says

Would like to reiterate a point made above. DO NOT drive through flood water, if you don't know how deep it is don't risk it. And if you do choose to give it a go (maybe because you've seem someone else do it) choose a low gear (1st or 2nd) and DO NOT change gear until you are out the other side! The emergency services are stretched enough as it is without rescuing people from large puddles!

9:28am

Dog walker John Welch took this shot while out this morning in Sherborne with Cujo.

Dorset Echo:

9:22am

 

Fire crews from Sturminster Newton rescuing people from cars in floodwater yesterday.

The service is reminding people not to drive through flood water.

Pic credit Dorset Fire and Rescue Service

Dorset Echo:

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9:11am

The River Wey is reaching the highest typical level and is standing at 0.31metres at Broadwey.

9:11am

The B3155 Preston Beach Road in Weymouth is not likely to be closed this morning.

9:10am

9:09am

The river level at Burton Bradstock is well above average according to the Environment Agency.

It's standing at 1.41metres. Its typical depth is no more than 53cm.

 

 

9:08am

Stay tuned for more travel/weather updates:

  •  B3068 Blandford Road in Hamworthy closed in both directions between the Coles Avenue junction and the Rigler Road junction, because of a fallen tree.
  • B3092 Dorset - B3092 Bridge Street in Sturminster Newton blocked in both directions at the A357 Newton Hill junction, because of flooding.
  • B3068 Dorset - Fallen tree on B3068 Blandford Road in both directions in Poole between Poole Bridge and the Symes Road junction.

8:59am

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8:52am

Nottington Lane is closed at Tatton Farm near Buckland Ripers due to a tree down.

8:51am

8:48am

Road closure on the A31 in east Dorset. The road is closed westbound between Canford Bottom Roundabout and Merley Roundabout because of a fallen tree and fallen power cables.

8:46am

Just to confirm, flooding at Yetminster means no trains can run on the line between Weymouth and Yeovil Pen Mill. Bristol trains are being started from Yeovil, says First Great Western.

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Tree down in Alexandra Road, Weymouth, last night. Picture by Phil Anslow

Dorset Echo:

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As well as rescuing 25 people in North Dorset overnight, Dorset Fire and Rescue Service attended around 60 calls to flood-related incidents yesterday.

  • 2.05pm A crew from Sherborne rescued two people from flood water by pushing the vehicle to safety at Lillington
  • 4.03pm Crews from Bridport, Crewkerne and Chard pushed a vehicle with two adults and a child to safety at Drimpton Road, Broadwindsor
  • 4.41pm A crew from Sherborne pushed one car and one van through floodwater and led the drivers to safety at Highwood Bridge, Bishops Caundle
  • 5pm Two people were carried to safety after their cars stalled in floodwater on the A350 at Iwerne Minster
  • 6.35pm Crews in wading kit used a boat to rescue a person from a car at Stalbridge, Sturminster Newton
  • 8.06pm Two adults and a child were rescued from a car in floodwater at Quar Close, Mappowder
  • 9.41pm A crew from Shaftesbury helped one person stuck in floodwater on the A350 at Sturminster Newton
     

8:17am

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents NOT to drive through flood water.

A total of 25 people were rescued from their cars stuck in flood water in Dorset last night.

 

8:14am

Send us your storm photos here, tweet us @dorsetecho or find us on Facebook.

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Remember you can send us your storm and flooding pictures to newsdesk@dorsetecho.co.uk or tweet @dorsetecho

 

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The severe weather warning for Preston Beach Road issued by the Environment Agency has now been lifted but there are 74 other flood warnings in place across the south west including:

  • River Wey from Upwey to Weymouth
  • Lower Frome from Dorchester to East Stoke
  • Lower Frome from East Stoke to Wareham
  • Upper Frome from Maiden Newton to Dorchester
  • River Char at Charmouth
  • Lower Stour from Sturminster Marshall to Christchurch
  • Middle Stour from Sturminster Newton to Sturminster Marshall
  • Swan Brook at Swanage

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7:31am

Reader Paul Gosney got these pictures of stormy seas at Portland Bill yesterday:

Dorset Echo: Dorset Echo:

7:31am

TRAVEL ADVICE FOR SOUTH WEST TRAINS PASSENGERS

  • Train services expected to start at 10am after storm causes more than 40 fallen trees and six areas of flooding
  •  Maintenance teams continue to carry out repairs and clear lines  
  • Customers advised not to travel this morning unless absolutely necessary
  • Road transport and hotel rooms arranged for passengers after train services suspended last night due to severe weather 
  • Customers advised to check latest service information in advance of travel
  • Train operator remains confident about getting passengers where they need to be today once services resume

7:28am

Firefighters received 240 emergency calls last night after the River Stour burst its banks in North Dorset.

Crews rescued 25 people from cars in Blandford, Shaftesbury, Sherborne and Sturminster Newton.

7:27am

The A35 is closed this morning between Bere Regis and Bakers Arms roundabout and no South West Trains until 10am.

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7:21am

Roads closed this morning include:

  • A31 in Wimborne Minster closed westbound between Canford Bottom Roundabout and Merley Roundabout, because of a fallen tree and fallen power cables.
  • A35 closed eastbound between Shell roundabout in Bere Regis and Bakers Arms Roundabout in Lytchett Minster, because of flooding.
  •  Flooding on A350 Blandford Road in both directions between the Higher Street junction in Iwerne Minster and the A30 Christy's Lane junction in Shaftesbury.
  • A3030 Dorset - Flooding on A3030 in both directions in Bishop's Caundle near the Caundle Lane junction.
  • A35 Dorset - Flooding on A35 eastbound in Upton for Bakers Arms Roundabout.
  • B3068 Dorset - Fallen tree on B3068 Blandford Road in both directions in Poole between Poole Bridge and the Symes Road junction.

7:19am

Morning everyone.

Reporters Emma Walker and Rachel Stretton are back in the office and will be keeping you up to date with the local weather news.

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9:06am Tue 24 Dec 13

WeymouthGent says...

@ Paul Gosney. It looked very bright and sunny at Portland Bill yesterday. Much better than in Fortuneswell and Weymouth.
@ Paul Gosney. It looked very bright and sunny at Portland Bill yesterday. Much better than in Fortuneswell and Weymouth. WeymouthGent

9:18am Tue 24 Dec 13

IslandJim1 says...

Would like to reiterate a point made above. DO NOT drive through flood water, if you don't know how deep it is don't risk it. And if you do choose to give it a go (maybe because you've seem someone else do it) choose a low gear (1st or 2nd) and DO NOT change gear until you are out the other side! The emergency services are stretched enough as it is without rescuing people from large puddles!
Would like to reiterate a point made above. DO NOT drive through flood water, if you don't know how deep it is don't risk it. And if you do choose to give it a go (maybe because you've seem someone else do it) choose a low gear (1st or 2nd) and DO NOT change gear until you are out the other side! The emergency services are stretched enough as it is without rescuing people from large puddles! IslandJim1

1:44pm Tue 24 Dec 13

misterm says...

Thanks to the Echo staff for keeping us updated on the weather and floods.
Thanks to the Echo staff for keeping us updated on the weather and floods. misterm

8:02pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Michael66P says...

I drove through fairly deep water on A350 at Spetisbury this afternoon to go to Blandford and then to avoid it came back via Wimborne. Just after the bridge (near the old "Pudding & Pye" pub,) on the road to Corfe Mullen, the river is flowing with a current across the road and the flood is quite deep. In the dark it's very difficult to see where the road is.
I drove through fairly deep water on A350 at Spetisbury this afternoon to go to Blandford and then to avoid it came back via Wimborne. Just after the bridge (near the old "Pudding & Pye" pub,) on the road to Corfe Mullen, the river is flowing with a current across the road and the flood is quite deep. In the dark it's very difficult to see where the road is. Michael66P

9:53pm Fri 27 Dec 13

chesil88@googlemail.com says...

"Live" it has not updated since the 24/12 today is the 27/12 , what sort of service is that ? SHAME ON YOU
"Live" it has not updated since the 24/12 today is the 27/12 , what sort of service is that ? SHAME ON YOU chesil88@googlemail.com

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