Fire crews pump water from properties at Ryde Esplanade.
ROADS are starting to reopen across the Isle of Wight this afternoon (Tuesday) following last night's storm.
As reported, heavy rain and gale force winds last night and early this morning caused widespread flooding and storm damage across the Island.
There were hundreds of calls to the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service and Island Roads, after roads were blocked due to fallen trees, power lines and landslips.
Homes and businesses across the Island were flooded, with properties in the Monktonmead area of Ryde, Carisbrooke and Pan being particularly badly hit. There was severe flooding in Whitwell, when the Eastern Yar burst its banks, and the railway tunnel at Ryde was completely submerged.
The situation started to return to return to normal this afternoon.
St Georges Way, Newport, Beaper Shute and West Lane, Brading, Blackwater
Road, Green Lane, Ashey, Lea Road, Lake, and Main Road, Rookley, have
all reopened, according to Island Roads.
Other roads are expected to reopen soon.
However, the Woodland Walk at the Isle of Wight Crematorium will remain closed over the Christmas period, after suffering storm damage, and the Ponda Rosa pub, Ashey, will remain closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day due to flooding.
Police urged drivers to be careful as there was still a lot of surface water on the roads, and warned people not to drive through floodwater.
Further bad weather is expected on Friday.
*Updated 20.45 A flood warning has been issued tonight (Tuesday) for the Eastern Yar. According to the Environment Agency, flooding is expected in Sandown, Yaverland, Yarbridge, Brading and Bembridge. Ther warning remains in place until 11am tomorrow.
Several roads remain closed tonight, including Briddlesford Road, Merstone Lane, Main Road, Havenstreet, Rectory Lane and Snowdrop Lane, Gatcombe, Sandy Lane, Blackwater, Morton Common, Brading, and Rill Lane, Chillerton. Newchurch and Langbridge remain flooded, but are passable with care.
*Updated 11.45 The flood warning for the Eastern Yar has been extended until 11am tomorrow (Friday), and now includes Langbridge and Alverstone. According to the Environment Agency, water has been unable to drain away following continued rainfall and properties remain at risk of flooding through to the weekend.
Has your home or business flooded over Christmas? Call the County Press newsdesk, on 522210, from 8am tomorrow, or email Emily Pearce at the address below.