Update: Dorset to be battered by storms again - Preston Beach Road to close after 'severe flood warning' issued

Dorset Echo: The B3157 at Abbotsbury The B3157 at Abbotsbury

DORSET was mopping up today after being battered again by fierce winds and heavy rain which caused new year chaos in the county.

And there’s no end in sight as further extreme conditions are forecast in the coming days.

The A353 Preston Beach Road in Weymouth will be temporarily shut on Friday just before high tides - at 7am and again around 5.45pm - in case of flooding. These times may change.

The road is being closed because of a 'severe flood warning' - the highest category of warning - indicating a danger to life and property.

A diversion will be in place via Littlemoor while the A353 is closed.

Residents in the Preston Beach area are not being asked to evacuate at this time however the situation is being closely monitored. Occupants should be prepared to evacuate at short notice, says Dorset Police.

Weymouth Esplanade, Chiswell on Portland and West Bay harbour are not subject to flood warnings however they are being closely monitored.

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 or visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk

This morning there was flooding on the A35 near the football ground roundabout at Dorchester and the West Stafford Bypass is closed.

Fire crews in North Dorset had to rescue a woman from her car last night after it got stuck in floodwater near Marnhull.

The Environment Agency has said the unsettled weather will continue.

A combination of high tides and gale-force south westerly winds will increase the risk of coastal flooding from tomorrow into the weekend.

Head of flood incident management Craig Woolhouse said: “Coastal paths and promenades could be highly dangerous as there is an increased risk of being swept out to sea. People are warned to stay away from the shoreline.”

Yesterday’s wild weather brought down trees, flooded roads and put communities on alert against a risk of river and surface water flooding.

It meant a wet and miserable start for 2014 following new year celebrations.

Flooded roads included the West Stafford bypass, the coast road at Abbotsbury and the A352 near Wool.

Residents at Burton Bradstock said river levels were high and Burton Road was flooded near the sewage works.

Emergency services continued to warn motorists of hazardous conditions including the risks of driving through floodwater.

Portland Coastguard ops room was busy in the afternoon issuing warnings.

A spokesman said flood alerts were in place along the coast for last night after high tide, including for Weymouth Harbour and along the River Wey, as well as close to the Sea Life Centre at Preston, West Bay Harbour and West Dorset rivers.

Trains on the Weymouth-Waterloo line were subject to delays because of flooding up the line.

The weather played havoc with new year events including sporting fixtures although torrential rain and howling winds didn’t deter those taking part in the traditional Lyme Lunge at Lyme Regis.

The Met Office has warned of strong winds tomorrow and said that coupled with high tides it could cause coastal flooding.

A spokesman said: “A developing Atlantic low pressure system is expected to move north-eastwards on Friday.

“This will push further bands of locally heavy rain across the UK and winds will gust to around 50-60mph over coasts and hills.”

He added: “Whilst this is not especially strong, lowering pressure will combine with high tides around the coastline and bring the risk of some flooding.”

Jacques Steventon from Dorset Live Weather said temperatures were mild for this time of year despite the increased risk of flooding but that it wasn’t a good start to 2014.

Meanwhile, Weymouth weatherman Bob Poots said that December 2013 and December 2012 had been the wettest for 24 years.

He said 2013 had been a wet year, adding: “The 2013 total rainfall was 869.2mm – 124.4mm above the annual average.”

* The Environment Agency is warning coastal communities in Dorset to remain vigilant as strong winds combine with high tides tomorrow and continue into the weekend.

The stormy conditions are likely to cause wave ‘over-topping’ around the coast increasing the risk of flooding to properties and low lying land. Tides will peak on Friday.

Environment Agency teams will be working around the clock to check flood defences and close tidal gates.

High winds combined with spring tides will result in dramatic waves.

People can stay safe by keeping away from seafronts and promenades when waves and winds are high.

For travel and weather update see dorsetecho.co.uk

In high winds Dorset Police advise motorists:
• Not to travel unless you have to
• Keep your distance from other vehicles
• Keep your speed down – sudden gusts of wind can blow you off course
• Leave extra time to get to your destination
• Show consideration for other motorists, especially when confronted with delays and/or blocked roads
• When visibility is reduced switch on your headlights.

In the event of flooding, drivers are advised to:
• Exercise caution when approaching standing water on the roads
• Give consideration to the depth of the water
• Do not take any risks driving through flood waters
• Drive through shallow water slowly and be aware of the effect of waves on other road users.

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10:05am Thu 2 Jan 14

bargain price says...

If the council did their job correctly like clean out drains, maintenance roads there wouldn't be so much flooding. Reported before Christmas about block drains and someone came out but couldn't find a drain so left now the road flooded and gone into people's house and the council does nothing but closed the road
If the council did their job correctly like clean out drains, maintenance roads there wouldn't be so much flooding. Reported before Christmas about block drains and someone came out but couldn't find a drain so left now the road flooded and gone into people's house and the council does nothing but closed the road bargain price

5:01pm Thu 2 Jan 14

bargain price says...

...clean out the drains maintain the road so that the drain are not higher than the road. Get farmers to clear ditches and not let them cut hedges when they don't clean up behind themselves knowing that we're going to have all this rain. Stop building on flood lands and places called meadow the name should give it away. Clean out rivers like years ago and when was the last time anyone saw a lorry sucking out the drain system ....
...clean out the drains maintain the road so that the drain are not higher than the road. Get farmers to clear ditches and not let them cut hedges when they don't clean up behind themselves knowing that we're going to have all this rain. Stop building on flood lands and places called meadow the name should give it away. Clean out rivers like years ago and when was the last time anyone saw a lorry sucking out the drain system .... bargain price

5:07pm Thu 2 Jan 14

bentleyboy says...

It was most interesting that the local council spent a long time a few months ago digging up areas to either side of the West Stafford bypass, and emptied blockages, even put drainage gravel down and buried new drainage pipes in an effort to improve things after the lengthy periods it was flooded for lengthy periods earlier in the year. Even with many supervisors on hand to control things, and expensive contractors being used , it was just another complete waste of time and money, as its now flooded yet again back to exactly how it was before !
It was most interesting that the local council spent a long time a few months ago digging up areas to either side of the West Stafford bypass, and emptied blockages, even put drainage gravel down and buried new drainage pipes in an effort to improve things after the lengthy periods it was flooded for lengthy periods earlier in the year. Even with many supervisors on hand to control things, and expensive contractors being used , it was just another complete waste of time and money, as its now flooded yet again back to exactly how it was before ! bentleyboy

5:16pm Thu 2 Jan 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

When the West Stafford bypass was 'designed' by the experts at the council, why did they not consider drainage and possible flooding and raise the level of the road?
When the West Stafford bypass was 'designed' by the experts at the council, why did they not consider drainage and possible flooding and raise the level of the road? IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE

5:41pm Thu 2 Jan 14

TenBobDylanThomasHardy says...

Of course, it must be the Council's fault, cause Global-warming doesn't exist!
See also;
http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-25572390
Of course, it must be the Council's fault, cause Global-warming doesn't exist! See also; http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-25572390 TenBobDylanThomasHardy

5:56pm Thu 2 Jan 14

bargain price says...

Global warming doesn't exist it called a cycle the world has it own way of weather patterns we are only a small part of it, if government felt like that why send up space craft allowing pollution straight into the atmosphere ????
Global warming doesn't exist it called a cycle the world has it own way of weather patterns we are only a small part of it, if government felt like that why send up space craft allowing pollution straight into the atmosphere ???? bargain price

6:08pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Weston7 says...

Preston Beach Road is being closed just in case it floods? In the past, before the protection works, it was only closed when the sea and shingle actually started to come over. It is MUCH more secure now - is someone panicking?
Preston Beach Road is being closed just in case it floods? In the past, before the protection works, it was only closed when the sea and shingle actually started to come over. It is MUCH more secure now - is someone panicking? Weston7

7:34pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Top Gear says...

A little wind and rain and the country panics.
A little wind and rain and the country panics. Top Gear

8:07pm Thu 2 Jan 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

I assume that Preston Beach road floods because a culvert was left so that excess water could drain from Lodmoor into the sea.
Is this the route where high tides can now flood the road? If so why weren't sluice gates planned by our wonderful DCC road design team?
I find it difficult to believe that tides would go over the top of the sea wall and nothing has been said about restricting pedestrian access to the top of the wall.
I assume that Preston Beach road floods because a culvert was left so that excess water could drain from Lodmoor into the sea. Is this the route where high tides can now flood the road? If so why weren't sluice gates planned by our wonderful DCC road design team? I find it difficult to believe that tides would go over the top of the sea wall and nothing has been said about restricting pedestrian access to the top of the wall. IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE

11:12pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Tinker2 says...

It is good to know that all those tens of millions of pounds spent building a new Preston sea wall, and all that shingle added to the beach, was money well spent, so on the rare occasions when we have a spring tide and a bit of a blow, the road can stay open ... not!
Me thinks they are being way over cautious. The crest level of the wall (m AOD) is 4.50 and the spring tide may peak at 3.60. The waves will break some distance away from the wall because of the beach gradiant and the wind is in the west, so effectively sheltered. It's the south Easterlies that cause problems. Get it right folks!
It is good to know that all those tens of millions of pounds spent building a new Preston sea wall, and all that shingle added to the beach, was money well spent, so on the rare occasions when we have a spring tide and a bit of a blow, the road can stay open ... not! Me thinks they are being way over cautious. The crest level of the wall (m AOD) is 4.50 and the spring tide may peak at 3.60. The waves will break some distance away from the wall because of the beach gradiant and the wind is in the west, so effectively sheltered. It's the south Easterlies that cause problems. Get it right folks! Tinker2

6:43pm Fri 3 Jan 14

YInsider says...

Inside the Environment Agency Whistleblower Blog: http://www.insidethe
environmentagency.co
.uk
Inside the Environment Agency Whistleblower Blog: http://www.insidethe environmentagency.co .uk YInsider

9:59pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Weston7 says...

"Severe Flood Warning" should be strictly to warn of threats to 'Life and Property'. not the case at Preston Beach Road, nor chiswell. The risk today has been minor to moderate flooding. Nobody will take any notice when there IS a severe risk.
"Severe Flood Warning" should be strictly to warn of threats to 'Life and Property'. not the case at Preston Beach Road, nor chiswell. The risk today has been minor to moderate flooding. Nobody will take any notice when there IS a severe risk. Weston7

6:45pm Sat 4 Jan 14

TenBobDylanThomasHardy says...

Just for reference Bargain Price here's what IPCC say in their Fourth Report:
Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice and rising global average sea level".
Most of the global average warming over the past 50 years is "very likely" (greater than 90% probability, based on expert judgement) due to human activities
Unless you know better?
Just for reference Bargain Price here's what IPCC say in their Fourth Report: Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice and rising global average sea level". Most of the global average warming over the past 50 years is "very likely" (greater than 90% probability, based on expert judgement)[43] due to human activities Unless you know better? TenBobDylanThomasHardy

7:29pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Weston7 says...

TenBobDylanThomasHar
dy
wrote:
Just for reference Bargain Price here's what IPCC say in their Fourth Report:
Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice and rising global average sea level".
Most of the global average warming over the past 50 years is "very likely" (greater than 90% probability, based on expert judgement) due to human activities
Unless you know better?
IPCC silently slashes its global warming predictions in the AR5 final draft
Posted on January 1, 2014
Guest essay by Christopher Monckton of Brenchley

Unnoticed, the IPCC has slashed its global-warming predictions, implicitly rejecting the models on which it once so heavily and imprudently relied. In the second draft of the Fifth Assessment Report it had broadly agreed with the models that the world will warm by 0.4 to 1.0 Cº from 2016-2035 against 1986-2005. But in the final draft it quietly cut the 30-year projection to 0.3-0.7 Cº, saying the warming is more likely to be at the lower end of the range . If that rate continued till 2100, global warming this century could be as little as 1.3 Cº.
Official projections of global warming have plummeted since Dr. James Hansen of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies told the U.S. Congress in June 1988 the world would warm by 1 Cº every 20 years till 2050 (Fig. 1), implying 6 Cº to 2100.
[quote][p][bold]TenBobDylanThomasHar dy[/bold] wrote: Just for reference Bargain Price here's what IPCC say in their Fourth Report: Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice and rising global average sea level". Most of the global average warming over the past 50 years is "very likely" (greater than 90% probability, based on expert judgement)[43] due to human activities Unless you know better?[/p][/quote]IPCC silently slashes its global warming predictions in the AR5 final draft Posted on January 1, 2014 Guest essay by Christopher Monckton of Brenchley Unnoticed, the IPCC has slashed its global-warming predictions, implicitly rejecting the models on which it once so heavily and imprudently relied. In the second draft of the Fifth Assessment Report it had broadly agreed with the models that the world will warm by 0.4 to 1.0 Cº from 2016-2035 against 1986-2005. But in the final draft it quietly cut the 30-year projection to 0.3-0.7 Cº, saying the warming is more likely to be at the lower end of the range [equivalent to about 0.4 Cº over 30 years]. If that rate continued till 2100, global warming this century could be as little as 1.3 Cº. Official projections of global warming have plummeted since Dr. James Hansen of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies told the U.S. Congress in June 1988 the world would warm by 1 Cº every 20 years till 2050 (Fig. 1), implying 6 Cº to 2100. Weston7

8:33pm Sat 4 Jan 14

TenBobDylanThomasHardy says...

Thank you Westone 7, you're right, i was behind the times, the fifth report is not yet published, but here are the general conclusions:

Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia".
"Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide have increased to levels unprecedented in at least the last 800,000 years".
Human influence on the climate system is clear. It is extremely likely (95-100% probability) that human influence was the dominant cause of global warming between 1951-2010.
"Continued emissions of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and changes in all components of the climate system. Limiting climate change will require substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions".
"Most aspects of climate change will persist for many centuries even if emissions of CO2 are stopped
Thank you Westone 7, you're right, i was behind the times, the fifth report is not yet published, but here are the general conclusions: Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia".[62] "Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide have increased to levels unprecedented in at least the last 800,000 years".[63] Human influence on the climate system is clear.[64] It is extremely likely (95-100% probability)[65] that human influence was the dominant cause of global warming between 1951-2010.[64] "Continued emissions of greenhouse gases will cause further [global] warming and changes in all components of the climate system. Limiting climate change will require substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions".[66] "Most aspects of climate change will persist for many centuries even if emissions of CO2 are stopped TenBobDylanThomasHardy

9:34am Sun 5 Jan 14

JamesYoung says...

TenBobDylanThomasHar
dy
wrote:
Thank you Westone 7, you're right, i was behind the times, the fifth report is not yet published, but here are the general conclusions:

Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia".
"Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide have increased to levels unprecedented in at least the last 800,000 years".
Human influence on the climate system is clear. It is extremely likely (95-100% probability) that human influence was the dominant cause of global warming between 1951-2010.
"Continued emissions of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and changes in all components of the climate system. Limiting climate change will require substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions".
"Most aspects of climate change will persist for many centuries even if emissions of CO2 are stopped
Every model thus far has failed to be predictive.
Surface temperatures have not risen.
The predicted hot spot in the troposphere does not exist.
Dozens of former IPCC scientists - including lead authors - are on record as saying that the science has been overtaken by politics.
I have no idea if warming is real or not, but the scientific method predicting it is worryingly flawed.
[quote][p][bold]TenBobDylanThomasHar dy[/bold] wrote: Thank you Westone 7, you're right, i was behind the times, the fifth report is not yet published, but here are the general conclusions: Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia".[62] "Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide have increased to levels unprecedented in at least the last 800,000 years".[63] Human influence on the climate system is clear.[64] It is extremely likely (95-100% probability)[65] that human influence was the dominant cause of global warming between 1951-2010.[64] "Continued emissions of greenhouse gases will cause further [global] warming and changes in all components of the climate system. Limiting climate change will require substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions".[66] "Most aspects of climate change will persist for many centuries even if emissions of CO2 are stopped[/p][/quote]Every model thus far has failed to be predictive. Surface temperatures have not risen. The predicted hot spot in the troposphere does not exist. Dozens of former IPCC scientists - including lead authors - are on record as saying that the science has been overtaken by politics. I have no idea if warming is real or not, but the scientific method predicting it is worryingly flawed. JamesYoung

7:37pm Sun 5 Jan 14

ronfogg says...

JamesYoung wrote:
TenBobDylanThomasHar

dy
wrote:
Thank you Westone 7, you're right, i was behind the times, the fifth report is not yet published, but here are the general conclusions:

Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia".
"Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide have increased to levels unprecedented in at least the last 800,000 years".
Human influence on the climate system is clear. It is extremely likely (95-100% probability) that human influence was the dominant cause of global warming between 1951-2010.
"Continued emissions of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and changes in all components of the climate system. Limiting climate change will require substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions".
"Most aspects of climate change will persist for many centuries even if emissions of CO2 are stopped
Every model thus far has failed to be predictive.
Surface temperatures have not risen.
The predicted hot spot in the troposphere does not exist.
Dozens of former IPCC scientists - including lead authors - are on record as saying that the science has been overtaken by politics.
I have no idea if warming is real or not, but the scientific method predicting it is worryingly flawed.
There's a new drug. Give it to everyone who needs it. If loads of people die we know it was the wrong thing to do. If loads of people are cured we know it was the right thing to do. Sensible approach? No. Try it on a small sample first, to be on the safe side.

Pump billions of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. In the year 2100 we'll know whether it causes global warming. If there is a lot of global warming we'll know it was a bad thing to do. If there isn't any global warming we can breathe a sigh of relief. Sensible approach? No. By the time we know the answer for certain it will be too late. Better to be on the safe side.
[quote][p][bold]JamesYoung[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TenBobDylanThomasHar dy[/bold] wrote: Thank you Westone 7, you're right, i was behind the times, the fifth report is not yet published, but here are the general conclusions: Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia".[62] "Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide have increased to levels unprecedented in at least the last 800,000 years".[63] Human influence on the climate system is clear.[64] It is extremely likely (95-100% probability)[65] that human influence was the dominant cause of global warming between 1951-2010.[64] "Continued emissions of greenhouse gases will cause further [global] warming and changes in all components of the climate system. Limiting climate change will require substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions".[66] "Most aspects of climate change will persist for many centuries even if emissions of CO2 are stopped[/p][/quote]Every model thus far has failed to be predictive. Surface temperatures have not risen. The predicted hot spot in the troposphere does not exist. Dozens of former IPCC scientists - including lead authors - are on record as saying that the science has been overtaken by politics. I have no idea if warming is real or not, but the scientific method predicting it is worryingly flawed.[/p][/quote]There's a new drug. Give it to everyone who needs it. If loads of people die we know it was the wrong thing to do. If loads of people are cured we know it was the right thing to do. Sensible approach? No. Try it on a small sample first, to be on the safe side. Pump billions of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. In the year 2100 we'll know whether it causes global warming. If there is a lot of global warming we'll know it was a bad thing to do. If there isn't any global warming we can breathe a sigh of relief. Sensible approach? No. By the time we know the answer for certain it will be too late. Better to be on the safe side. ronfogg

7:53pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Weston7 says...

How does EA justify closing Preston beach Road?
How does EA justify closing Preston beach Road? Weston7

2:27pm Mon 6 Jan 14

RifRafDac says...

Blame the council. It's their fault that there are floods!
Blame the council. It's their fault that there are floods! RifRafDac

5:35pm Wed 8 Jan 14

David_divenghy2 says...

YInsider wrote:
Inside the Environment Agency Whistleblower Blog: http://www.insidethe

environmentagency.co

.uk
Thanks an interesting site about yet another expensive Quango. The sort of thing the press should be investigating and reporting on.
[quote][p][bold]YInsider[/bold] wrote: Inside the Environment Agency Whistleblower Blog: http://www.insidethe environmentagency.co .uk[/p][/quote]Thanks an interesting site about yet another expensive Quango. The sort of thing the press should be investigating and reporting on. David_divenghy2

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