More storm misery for the Island

By Jon Moreno

Wednesday, January 1, 2014


More storm misery for the Island

Mykel Grant mopping up in Re-Furnish on the corner of York Avenue and Castle Street. Picture by Peter Boam.

UPDATED 18:02*

THE stormy conditions that have battered the Isle of Wight today (Wednesday) have caused flooding to homes, fallen trees and disruption to cross-Solent travel.

The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service was called this afternoon to pump water from several properties in Castle Street, East Cowes, which has been one of the worst hit areas.

A fire crew from East Cowes have been at the scene since 1pm and water levels have dropped significantly.

Island Roads have assisted in the operation by supplying sandbags to householders.

There have been reports of fallen trees around the Isle of Wight, which have blocked roads in areas that include Yaverland and near Ventnor Botanic Garden.

As of 1.30pm, Cowes Floating Bridge was operating for foot passengers only.

*On the advice of the police, cars were not able to use it while parts of East Cowes were flooded. It resumed carrying vehicles at 5pm 

There was significant disruption to all cross-Solent travel.

A yellow alert for rain, issued by the Met Office, is in force until midnight this evening.

A further warning for wind has also been issued for Friday and is valid from 12.05am to midnight.

Wightlink have problems on one of its FastCats, which has resulted in an hourly Ryde to Portsmouth service tomorrow (Thursday).

A flood alert remains in force for the Eastern Yar and the Environment Agency said that "significant floodplain inundation" is expected between Langbridge and Alverstone.

A flood warning may be issued this afternoon.

Levels around Sandown and Brading are also rising and given how wet the land is which surrounds the Eastern Yar, road flooding and the backing up of drainage ditches should be expected in both the upper and lower reaches of the Eastern Yar valley. 

To report flooding or fallen trees affecting highways and to get information about sandbag availability, visit the Island Roads website or phone 822440. 

You can also follow Island Roads on Twitter.

For highways updates, visit the Isle of Wight Council's social media sites on Facebook and Twitter.


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by David Blackford

2nd January 2014, at 08:13:10

PS If you rent your landlord insures the building - And if you have a mortgage the building must be insured

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by David Blackford

2nd January 2014, at 08:04:03

Even if you don't insure your building - household contents insurance isn't prohibitively expensive

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by john hanson

1st January 2014, at 19:21:38

Well look at it this way with the mild weather the daffodils will come up early

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by sylvia richardson

1st January 2014, at 18:16:49

storm damage costing hundreds of pounds fencing down doors blown off garage leaking roof smashed greenhouse non of which is covered by house insurance

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by Steve Smith

1st January 2014, at 17:22:10

Lee, 3 years ago 20% of ****stan was underwater, nearly 2,000 people died and the floods affected 20 million lost their homes. You reckon that's comparable to our little flooding? How many are actually homeless now? can we count them in single figures?

I see 2014 for you is just more of the same.

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by Den Young

1st January 2014, at 17:15:18

Lee you already know the answer to the questions

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by Stephen Elliott

1st January 2014, at 16:33:59

Love it

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