DAMAGED SEA HARD AND FORCED FLOOD ALERTS FOLLOWING A NIGHT OF HEAVY RAIN – Island Echo – .

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DAMAGED SEA HARD AND FORCED FLOOD ALERTS FOLLOWING A NIGHT OF HEAVY RAIN – Island Echo – .


A night of torrential rain and gusts of wind saw downed trees, damaged sea defenses and 2 flood alerts issued for the Isle of Wight.

Heavy showers throughout the evening of yesterday and into this morning (Thursday) resulted in the island’s roads being inundated, with places such as Middle Road considered particularly bad. The situation calmed down as dawn approached, but many roads remain flooded.

In Sandown, a large tree fell onto the roadway on Broadway, partially blocking the road for some time around 3:00 a.m.

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On the north side of the island, at Cowes, the sea defenses were damaged by the strong waves – captured by Island Echo reader Terry White on his morning walk with his dog.

The Environment Agency was forced to issue an alert for the St Johns to Ryde area overnight, where the water level in Monktonmead Creek is high and rising.

In the last 24 hours alone, almost half a month of rain (45mm) has been recorded in Ryde.

The water level in the East Yar also remains very high at Alverstone with a flood alert also in effect for the East Yar.

Flooding was observed at Horringford, Alverstone and Langbridge and at Golf Links Road in Sandown. With this in mind, local residents are urged to ensure that all pumps used to protect the property can operate. Residents should also consider installing flood protection.

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Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Services were busy with more than 120 calls handled by the control room across the region.

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