Flooding hits the Isle of Wight and more on the way

By Jon Moreno

Friday, January 3, 2014


Flooding hits the Isle of Wight and more on the way

There was flooding in parts of Cowes and East Cowes last night and the Environment Agency has issued flood alerts for parts of the Isle of Wight today. Picture by Kai Davis.

UPDATED 10:59*

BAD weather has continued to batter the Isle of Wight, with reports of flooding in coastal areas and warnings of more to come today (Friday).

Gale force winds, high tides and driving rain led to some flooding in parts of East Cowes and Cowes overnight, and there have been warnings that Yarmouth, Newport Quay and coastal areas are under threat today.

Wightlink and Red Funnel were running cross-Solent routes to timetable, but at 8am, there were short delays on Hovertravel, due to rough seas.

The main road between Sandown and Yarbridge, at Morton Common, was closed due to flooding.

*It was re-opened at about 10:30am, but Island Roads warned it could be shut again during the next high tide, expected at between midday and 1pm.

Last night, Island Roads closed several streets in East Cowes due to severe flooding, including Well Road, Columbine Road, Castle Street and Dover Road. They have since been reopened.

The Environment Agency warned flooding would affect low lying land and roads first, with high tide expected at 12.09pm today.

Water levels will be very high and may lie on coastal roads and the EA warned drivers to take extra care along coastal roads.

Flooding is expected to affect properties close to the floating bridge on Medina Road, Cowes, and properties in the High Street.

Water levels will be high around the quay in Newport and Albany Road, East Cowes, is predicted to flood.

A flood warning for Yarmouth has also been issued by the Environment Agency.

It said high tide was expected at 11:15am.

With rain also forecast before high water, this may cause drains to back up, it warned.

A flood warning for the Eastern Yar has also been issued.

The EA said that in the Langbridge and Alverstone areas, water levels were reportedly falling, although they remain high.

The risk of further flooding to property has reduced, but road flooding in the area has continued.

The flood status for the Eastern Yar will be updated at 8.30pm.

Those who may be affected by the flood warnings should take appropriate action to protect their properties, it said.

Island Roads have made sandbags available from:

•Cross Street car park, Cowes

•Outside the Co-op, East Cowes

•Simeon Street Recreation Ground, Ryde

•River Road car park, Yarmouth

•Island Roads headquarters, Daish Way, Newport

A weather warning for strong wind is in place for today (Friday), when gusts are expected to reach speeds of 50 to 60mph, according to the Met Office.

A weather warning has been issued for Sunday, when more rain is expected, heavy at times, according to the Met Office.

The yellow, be alert, warning will be valid from 9am to midnight.

The Met Office warned that 10mm to 20mm of rainfall is likely and more than 40mm possible in some localised areas over higher ground.

"This additional rainfall, following the recent wet weather, means that the public should be aware of an increased risk of both surface water and river flooding as well as disruption to transport," the Met Office said.

"Another spell of wet and windy of weather will affect the British Isles on Sunday as a new, deep depression becomes anchored over the eastern Atlantic Ocean.

"The associated frontal system is then expected to move eastwards across Britain, perhaps not clearing the far east and south east until Monday morning."

Reporter: jonm@iwcpmail.co.uk

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