Dorset flooding 2012 – River Stour


by Ian Hamilton

Dorset flooding of the River Stour

After the best part of two weeks spent editing weddings and portrait shoots I decided it was time to get away from the PC for a few hours and get outside with the camera – so what more topical subject could there be in this wonderful British Summer that we’re “enjoying” than the recent torrential rain and the subsequent flooding?

The rainfall we’ve had over the past couple of months has meant that the ground’s sodden and unable to absorb the rainfall, so naturally it runs off and heads to the lowest point, which around here is the River Stour – and of course all that water’s got to head out towards the sea so the lower reaches of the river get affected most.

Here are just a few images form the area around Longham Bridge and Parley …


The_Bridge_House_Hotel_at_Longham_evacuated_after_flooding

The Bridge House Hotel at Longham which was evacuated yesterday after the Stour burst its banks



The_River_Stour_in_flood_at_Longham_Bridge_in_Dorset

No, not the mighty Amazon, but the Stour from Longham Bridge!



Floods_on_the_fairways_of_the_Dudsbury_golf_course

Water hazards at the Dudsbury Golf Course!



Ensbury_Bridge_in_Bournemouth_with_floodwaters_of_the_River_Stour

Floods near Ensbury Bridge



Signpost_across_flooded_fields_near_Bournemouth_in_Dorset

Ramblers would be better off with a canoe for this footpath on the Stour Valley Way!



Debris_washed_up_as_the_flooding_of_the_River_Stour_sweeps_away_fences

Debris washed up as the river sweeps everything before it


Let’s hope that the weather improves soon and that we can start to enjoy what’s left of “Summer”! 🙂

Ian

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