Rain Stop Play : Burton Bradstock gets Top Spot

07th July 2012
Dorset Photo Journalism
Burton Bradstock reached Top Spot on the Environmental Agencies 'Lives In Danger' list

It was due to be a busy weekend, as I was due to be part of the Dorset Seafood Festival which was taking place around Weymouth Harbour. After setting up on Friday, a group of us ventured through the rain and localised puddles and broken down cars to get down to the area on Saturday morning.

The journey to Weymouth and what we saw on arrival quickly told us that the weather was going to be bad. Stands had been blown into the harbour; Radipole Lake was flooding and the rain and wind were increasing. After an hour of deliberation, the first day of the show was cancelled.

The return journey was a little easier, if longer, due to the number of accidents and road closures now in place. Our small team finally got back to Burton only to be greeted by a flooded village centre, the local garage forecourt under water, cars abandoned in amongst the flood waters and people being air lifted by helicopter.

Many of the local residents were told they were possibly to be evacuated and specialists were brought in to check the small road bridge, which was being put under enormous pressures by the weight of water running up against it, under it, and sometimes over it.

I took a quick run round the area to take some images of the local area, which was mostly under water. In Bridport many of the field around the rivers Asker and Brite were badly flooded and under water and in West Bay, the sluice gates were open and the river behind was so flooded and high, the the flow was a full torrent streaming from the river behind, causing damage to a few of the boats in the harbour.

Despite the horrors and damage caused, most of the flood water disappeared within 24 hours, leaving us all wondering if it had been a bad dream.

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