Sirens Sound On Portland
6:52am 7th January 2014
(Updated 1:24pm 7th January 2014)
Warning sirens were sounded on Portland overnight after waves breached coastal defences.
Jackie Blakespear is landlady of a pub there.
She said: “ We are relieved we’re still here and the pub is still standing. Unfortunately I think there are a few house round us which have been flooded which is really sad. We are right on the Chesil Beach and we’ve been so lucky tonight.”
Severe flood warnings have been issued for Chiswell and Preston Beach Road this morning.
More wet weather's forecast for today.
Rain's affecting already swollen rivers, while high tides are threatening coastal areas too.
Dorset Police and partners are advising residents of Chiswell to be prepared for flooding – with leaflets being distributed to all properties in the area that are at risk by officers and volunteers.
This is the advice which the Police are now offering if the Sirens on Portland sound.
The siren indicates that flooding will be severe with extreme risk to people and property. If the siren sounds, you should take family and pets to a room upstairs away from the seaward side of the building. Take your flood kit with you and stay there until you are told that it is safe to come downstairs. This could be a few hours later.
If in the event of the siren sounding this is not possible, consider:
1) Moving to alternative accommodation not in the flood risk area
2) Going to the designated rest centre at the Portland Heights Hotel, Yeates roundabout, Portland
An abbreviated version of the leaflet being distributed is attached. Full advice about what to do when at the risk of flooding, can be found on www.environment-agency.com.
If residents evacuate, they are advised to:
- Leave in good time
- Take all essential medication with you
- Secure your property
If residents have evacuated, they are strongly advised not to return to their properties under any circumstances until they have been told that it is safe to do so.
Portland Beach Road from Weymouth to Portland remains open at this time but will close should the conditions make it unsafe. Residents working away from the island are advised to return to those properties not at risk of flooding as soon as possible. Wessex 4x4 – a volunteer organisation – will be at hand to help those who are unable to cross and who critically need to return home. If a number of people become stranded on the mainland, a rest centre will be provided at the Wey Valley School.
South West Ambulance and health services will be available on the island and plans are in place to evacuate emergency health cases by air using the Coastguard and NPAS helicopters if required.
The Wey Valley School will be available as a rest centre for those residents who wish to leave their property however they are not being advised to evacuate at this time.