Storm Dennis causes weekend flooding on the roads and rails

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The van was going through a ford near Moyles Court School when it was swept away (Photo: New Forest Home Companions)

A DPD delivery driver had a lucky escape when his van got carried away in Storm Dennis flood water near Ringwood.


The vehicle had been going through a ford near Moyles Court School yesterday (Sunday) when it got caught in a torrent of water running along the side of the road. It floated for around 200 yards before becoming blocked by a tree.

Terry Hill was one of those who stopped to help and he told the A&T: “A couple of people had got a rope and managed to pull him out of the van window because the door wouldn’t open due to the weight of the water.

“He was very shaken and very wet but otherwise okay.”

Trains were cancelled yesterday between Brockenhurst and Bournemouth after heavy rains flooded the railway line at Sway up to about half a metre.

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The line was closed at Sway in the Crabbswood Lane area (Photo: Les Chase)

The tracks were impassable on Sunday leaving services unable to call at Sway, New Milton, Hinton Admiral, Christchurch and Pokesdown for Boscombe. A bus replacement operated between Bournemouth and Brockenhurst.

The line was opened today (Monday) after the waters subsided overnight.

Mark Killick, Network Rail Wessex route director, said yesterday: “Following Storm Dennis, our teams have been working around the clock to remove fallen trees and reduce flooding.

“However, the continued heavy rain and high winds has caused a number of incidents across the Wessex route.”

This morning (Monday) a vehicle was damaged after aquaplaning on the M27 at Cadnam. Hampshire police tweeted a warning: “Whilst #StormDennis may have subsided in Hampshire, a lot of standing water remains.

“Please drive to the conditions and road you see it today, not as you think you know it.”

The car aquaplaned on standing water on the M27 at Cadnam (Photo: Hampshire police)

The Environment Agency warned this morning that people in parts of Rockbourne might have problems flushing their toilets due to groundwater levels raised by the rain. Residents were advised to ensure pumps were working, as were people in Damerham and Martin.

During the weekend the Environment Agency also issued flood warnings for properties in areas including Lymington, Christchurch, Brockenhurst, Beaulieu, Ashurst and Totton.

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Cars were trapped after trying to ford the flood in Derritt Lane, Bransgore

Roads at the weekend were flooded around the New Forest and Christchurch, including Derritt Lane where two cars were stranded – despite five cars suffering the same fate in the same spot in January.

Lymington’s fire crew said on Twitter it had been called out three times to rescue motorists, including in Pilley Hill which was under water.

Drivers on Sunday evening were also spotted ignoring flood warning signs on Undershore Road below Walhampton Hill outside Lymington.

Cars fording the flood at Undershore Road outside Lymington (Photo: Sophie Neville)

Fire and rescue teams also rescued drivers at St Leonards, near Ringwood, and the Christchurch crew attended three similar incidents.