Flooding at Ryde Esplanade this morning (Tuesday). Picture courtesy of Dean Rayner
VIDEOHEAVY rainfall on the Isle of Wight has caused flooding and raised fears over rising water levels in the Island's rivers.
FLOODING across the Island has caused landslips and disruption after a night of stormy weather.
Strong winds disrupted ferry services yesterday (Monday), although all ferries appeared to be operating normally by 6am on Christmas Eve.
IslandRoads received more than 450 calls in a 24-hour period, responding to fallen trees and landslips in Blackwater, Shorwell and Long Lane.
Many roads remain closed this morning, with flooding made worse by the high tides.
Traffic queues into Newport from the Sandown area are reported to start at Arreton Primary School.
Many areas are flooded, including Pan, Shanklin Old Village, Binstead, Brighstone, Blackwater, the Strand in Ryde, and many others areas.
The River Yar burst in Whitwell, although there do not appear to be too many problems now.
IslandRoads director Paul Herbert, said: "The combination of strong winds,heavy rain and high tides combined to create some extremely difficult conditions through Monday and into Tuesday morning."
"Our employees and supply chain partners, many of whom are extremely experienced in dealing with weather emergencies, have said the conditions were the worst they could remember."
He said the company was stretched to its limits as it worked alongside the emergency services.
Monktonmead Brooke, Ryde, burst its banks causing considerable flooding, as did theRiver Medina, causing flooding by Coppins Bridge.
Bus services have been affected, with Southern Vectis announcing that many routes had been disrupted. Routes 2 and 3 have been diverted because Morton Common Road has flooded. Route 6 between Newport and Ventnor, via Blackgang Chine, has been suspended.
The IW Council has announced that the Christmas Eve refuse collection will still take place.
*Roads currently closed: Briddlesford Road – Wootton; Blackwater Road, Newport; Nettlestone Hill, Nettlestone; Sandown Road, Blackwater; Highwood Lane, Rookley; Merstone Lane, Newport; Havenstreet; Newport Road, Afton; Lynch Lane, Brighstone/Calbourne; Sandy Lane, Newport; Wilmingham Lane, Freshwater; Beaper Shute, Ryde; Seven Sisters Road, Ventnor; Newport Shute, Newport; Morton Common, Sandown; Alum Bay New Road/Old Road.
*Floor warnings currently in place:
Gurnard on Gurnard Luck; Ryde on the Monktonmead Brook; Langbridge and Alverstone on the Eastern Yar; Newport on the River Medina.
*Flood alerts currently in place: Eastern Yar – Whitwell to Bembridge; Ryde, Monktonmead Brook; Isle of Wight coast.
*High tide times: Yarmouth - 3.03pm; Cowes - 3.18pm; Ryde - 3.30pm.
The police issued a number of warnings on Twitter last night to avoid driving unless necessary.
Island Roads closed St George's Way in Newport. Reports of a car being left stranded on this street.
Island Roads reported landslides at 4am, at Long Lane and on Blackwater Road.
22.35 Island Roads closed Merstone Lane, Merstone, between Bohemia Corner and Elm Lane, due to surface water.
The Met Office issued a number of warning last night:
At 8.30pm the Met Office issued a flood alert for the River Medina.
It said: "Water levels in the River Medina are continuing to rise following the rainfall throughout today. Over 20mm of rain has fallen over the catchment in the last 4 hours and at least another 30mm is forecast over the next 12 hours. With an already saturated catchment river levels will continue to respond with water out of bank. Levels are likely to peak early afternoon tomorrow Tuesday 24th December. We will continue to monitor the situation."
A further alert has been issued for the Isle of Wight coastline.
"This Flood Alert is being issued as a precautionary measure for Yarmouth. Strong south westerly winds and large waves may cause overtopping around the quay area. Heavy rainfall may also cause drains to back up around high tide period which may impact the ferry ticket office."
Monktonmead Brook has also been cited as a possible flood risk.