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Bridge Over Troubled Water

Flooding Charminster 2

6:56am 8th January 2014

An old Victorian bridge over the River Cerne in Charminster has been blamed for adding to major flooding through the village.

A week of stormy weather caused the river to burst its banks and many homes and the local Church have been flooded.

Villagers had campaigned to get the old bridge modernised but say English Heritage have refused any alterations.

Assistant Church Minister Hugh Willis told Wessex FM they're partly to blame for the flooding due to it's limited flow capacity;

"English Heritage have refused any alteration that would improve things tremendously if it was converted, but they won't allow it."

"No one's really done anything substantial to change the situation. The Environment Agency have tried really hard to help us but we've got nowhere. But village life goes on and we all tend to rally together on this, I'm just trying to keep the morale going."

Hugh told us the Grade 1 Listed St Mary's Church, which is a thousand years old, is badly damaged by flood water.
"The flooring has been destroyed it's terrible. We'll use the Village Hall for a while. The last time this happened we used the hall for 6 weeks."

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