Dorset Storm Clear Up Continues in Calmer Weather
7:19am 17th February 2014
(Updated 7:23am 17th February 2014)
The clear-up following last week’s stormy weather across Dorset is continuing this morning ((Monday 17th February).
West Bay has been one of the areas badly hit, with people evacuated from their homes, the harbour flooding, peoples cars damaged by beach shingle thrown off the beach by crashing waves, and there was a rock fall at East Cliff.
Richard Edmonds from the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Team told us people need to be careful near the cliffs that are vulnerable following stormy weather;
"It's a really difficult thing, obviously we had the tragic death of Charlotte Blackmon, but equally hundreds of thousands of people enjoy the coast and walk along it. All I would say is yes there is a risk, like there is a risk anywhere where there's a cliff, that risk could be from a single rock or a massive rock fall. As always our advice is to stay away from the cliffs."
Chiswell on Portland was battered by huge waves and the sirens sounded on the island warning residents to be prepared for flooding.
The Military are using the calmer weather today to rebuild the dilapidated flood defences on Chesil Beach.
Winterbourne Abbas was washed out on Valentine’s Day and fell trees caused a nightmare for motorists trying to get in and out of Dorchester.
Villagers in Milborne St Andrew have suffered major flooding since January due to the flooding deluge. Residents there say it's the worse they've seen.
As part of ‘Operation Gale’, emergency services, Dorset councils, the Environment Agency, NHS, Public Health, the military, Coastguard and utility companies are working together to deal with the effects of the severe weather.
The Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged ten million pounds to help rebuild flood hit businesses.