Warning as flood alert issued for Christchurch Harbour

Date: 2021-11-06 17:13:12

A flood warning has been issued for the area around Christchurch Harbour for the second time in less than one week.

The warning, which has been announced on the government’s website, comes just six-days after a flood alert was issued for the area.

The flood alert for tomorrow morning (Saturday, November 7) follows as a result of the forecast extra high tides and will see water levels rising in the harbour.

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Flooding to roads and properties is possible at these times and flooding is expected affect Christchurch Harbour and tidal stretches of the Lower Stour and Avon.

In a statement on the government’s website, a spokesperson said: “As a result of forecast high spring tides will raise water levels in the harbour. This is expected to result in standing water affecting footpaths and low-lying land on the seaward side of flood defences.

“Forecast high water is 10:45 on November, 7, with a level of 1.24 mAOD and a Force 3 West wind. All times are local and refer to the high water time, mAOD is height above average sea level for more detail refer to local tide tables.

“Flooding to roads and properties is possible at these times, however conditions may apply one to two hours either side of the high tide.

“We expect flooding to affect Christchurch Harbour and tidal stretches of the Lower Stour and Avon. The maximum forecast tidal height is 1.24m AOD.

“We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are closing flood gates. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses.”

The flood alert comes just one day after DorsetLive reported that a family cut off by the heavy rains last weekend are calling for more support to understand and manage the “increasing level of flooding in the area”.

Kate Hawnt, 42, is a musician and singer, along with her children, aged 10 and 6, found themselves stranded in their home on October 31 after heavy rains caused flooding from the nearby River Wriggle.

In images shared by the family, the ground floor of their house is left devastated and the children’s trampoline can be seen floating in the outdoor torrent. Read more here.

What to do if you get a flood warning

A flood warning means you need to act: flooding is expected. You should do all the actions for a flood alert, but also:

  • move vehicles to higher ground if it’s safe to do so
  • move family and pets to safety
  • move important items upstairs or to a safe place in your property, starting with cherished items and valuables, then furniture and furnishings
  • turn off gas, electricity and water supplies if it’s safe to do so; never touch an electrical switch if you’re standing in water
  • if you have property protection products such as flood barriers, or air brick covers, use them now

For further updates, visit the government’s website here.

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