This morning the Environmental Agency has issued flood alerts to Christchurch and Poole after heavy rain and high tides have caused flooding to the area.
Stone Road in Poole was closed this morning but has now been re-opened with surface water still on the road. Poole Harbour remains on a flood alert. Waves were flowing over the sea wall at Mudeford Quay last night flooding the pathways, but not quite reaching the car park. The sea has started to calm due to the storm passing the area.
Sam Patman, a bartender at Beach House Cafe, describes the scenes in Cbirstchurch, the effect to the tourism industry and the moment that the water nearly flooded the restaurant.
Places in Bournemouth, Poole and surrounding areas have been labelled as high risk for river and sea flooding by the Environmental Agency. Despite this the government reduced spending on flood defences in the South West by £12m between 2011- 2013 with the current budget for 2013-14 being £32m.
A report from the House of Commons in February estimated that 5.2million homes are at risk of flooding in England with flood defence spending reaching £1.1 billion a year. By 2080 they predict that this figures could rise to £27 Billion.
The UK has seen bad weather over the last few days and with Dorset being one of the worst areas affected these floods could be early warnings of improvements still needed.
Poole council were given a special grant of £500,000 to repair roads and sea defences following the damage caused by the storms last year.
Adene West-Webbe, Communications Officer for Borough of Poole Council said: “We are looking to fix damage caused last year to sea defences and filling pot holes.
“We have been given special money to solve these issues and we advise that residents keep and eye on environment agency’s website, as they will declare any flooding or extreme weather warnings”
Bournemouth has only suffered flooding on roads so far but with more bad weather to come, the main issue is blocked drains rather than the sea. Paul Ambrose, Floods and Drainage Manager for Bournemouth Council said: “We have had some flooding across the Borough but that has been down to very heavy rain, and we have a big problem this time of year with leaf fall blocking gullies preventing drainage
“The main issue last year was storms coming every few days for weeks on end”
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