Warning for residents as aerial survey reveals extent of storm damage

Dorset Echo: REBUILDING: Diggers address storm damage on Chesil beach REBUILDING: Diggers address storm damage on Chesil beach

THE Dorset Echo can reveal the full extent of the floods and storm damage affecting the region.

These spectacular images were captured as local authority representatives took to the skies to work out the impact of the recent wild weather in Dorset.

For more aerial photos of flooded Dorset click here.

New warnings have been issued following the aerial survey urging residents to stay away from unstable cliffs and the beaches, especially along the coastline and rivers.

Outstanding features included the erosion along Chesil Beach and the rest of the coast as well as damage caused by flooding in East Dorset surrounding the Avon and Stour valleys.

Representatives from Dorset Police, Dorset County Council and the Environment Agency met at Bovington to board the RAF helicopter as the county begins its clean-up operation.

It comes after some of the most devastating storms hit the Jurassic coast, leaving Dorset with an estimated overall repair bill of millions of pounds.

A hurricane force storm struck on Friday evening causing chaos for many communities.

Beaches and seafronts have been devastated, hundreds of properties flooded and farmland unusable for many months.

Earth science manager Richard Edmonds, of Dorset County Council’s Jurassic Coast Team, was among those who took the skies.

Mr Edmonds said: “The helicopter survey was a really useful way to get a quick overview of most of the coast and the flooding of the Avon and Stour valleys.

“My interest is the coast particularly and I have been able to make a quick survey of the significant or potentially significant erosion of the cliffs and the changes to Chesil Beach.”

He is now urging residents to take heed of warning signs to stay away from unstable cliffs and the beaches below them.

He added: “While it is impossible to predict from this, or any other survey approach, where the next rock fall or landslide may take place, I was really surprised by the number of obviously fresh rock falls in the cliffs between Freshwater and Burton Bradstock.

“I would also add that the same applies to the cliffs from Freshwater to West Bay.

“The base of these cliffs have taken a massive pounding by the sea and that considerably increases the probability of rock falls.

“Stay away from the base of cliffs and cliff tops.

“There is an increased risk of rock falls and landslides over the next few weeks and months.”

Dorset photographer Geoff Moore said: “It was an incredible sight.

“Only from the air can the true extent of the flooding be seen.”

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9:33am Fri 21 Feb 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

'THE Dorset Echo can reveal the full extent of the floods and storm damage affecting the region.'
Do 2 pics really show the 'full extent'? If so the region appears to have got off lightly!
Sounds like a number of people wanted an excuse for a free (to them) flight in a helicopter.
'THE Dorset Echo can reveal the full extent of the floods and storm damage affecting the region.' Do 2 pics really show the 'full extent'? If so the region appears to have got off lightly! Sounds like a number of people wanted an excuse for a free (to them) flight in a helicopter. IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE

12:58pm Fri 21 Feb 14

iansedwell says...

It would indeed be helpful if The Echo could reveal the 'full extent'. Presumably there is a central resource that the public can access and whose details The Echo might publish and so direct those who are interested?

Thus far, The Echo has only vaguely hinted at 'the full extent of the floods and storm damage affecting the region'.

Alas, meaningful and informative headlines are not The Echo's strongpoint.
It would indeed be helpful if The Echo could reveal the 'full extent'. Presumably there is a central resource that the public can access and whose details The Echo might publish and so direct those who are interested? Thus far, The Echo has only vaguely hinted at 'the full extent of the floods and storm damage affecting the region'. Alas, meaningful and informative headlines are not The Echo's strongpoint. iansedwell

1:34pm Fri 21 Feb 14

iansedwell says...

iansedwell wrote:
It would indeed be helpful if The Echo could reveal the 'full extent'. Presumably there is a central resource that the public can access and whose details The Echo might publish and so direct those who are interested?

Thus far, The Echo has only vaguely hinted at 'the full extent of the floods and storm damage affecting the region'.

Alas, meaningful and informative headlines are not The Echo's strongpoint.
Strictly speaking, it's the strapline, not the headline... Mea culpa!
[quote][p][bold]iansedwell[/bold] wrote: It would indeed be helpful if The Echo could reveal the 'full extent'. Presumably there is a central resource that the public can access and whose details The Echo might publish and so direct those who are interested? Thus far, The Echo has only vaguely hinted at 'the full extent of the floods and storm damage affecting the region'. Alas, meaningful and informative headlines are not The Echo's strongpoint.[/p][/quote]Strictly speaking, it's the strapline, not the headline... Mea culpa! iansedwell

1:43pm Fri 21 Feb 14

David_divenghy2 says...

They already have access to high res environmental satellite images that would show more at low cost don't they? Why the need for a flying jolly?
They already have access to high res environmental satellite images that would show more at low cost don't they? Why the need for a flying jolly? David_divenghy2

6:19pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Noidear says...

If only these people could spend the money in the right places, what the f---
Is a pic of a beach going to do, try getting your arses to milborne and sort the flooding out here, been on and of like this for more years than I can remember. Yet they still build more houses here, and no, nobody has got any money to sort it, time after time excuses. But we can go on a jolly in a helicopter . You lot r just rubbish.
If only these people could spend the money in the right places, what the f--- Is a pic of a beach going to do, try getting your arses to milborne and sort the flooding out here, been on and of like this for more years than I can remember. Yet they still build more houses here, and no, nobody has got any money to sort it, time after time excuses. But we can go on a jolly in a helicopter . You lot r just rubbish. Noidear

8:50pm Fri 21 Feb 14

AManFromMars says...

quote/ iansedwell says...
.......Alas, meaningful and informative headlines are not The Echo's strongpoint. /quote

Neither is content..
quote/ iansedwell says... .......Alas, meaningful and informative headlines are not The Echo's strongpoint. /quote Neither is content.. AManFromMars

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