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Winter Floods 2000

The heavy and prolonged rainfall during autumn 2000 left the ground saturated as winter started. Consequently even a short spell of heavy rain thereafter would result in rivers overflowing their banks once more. Throughout the county many people who lived and worked close to the flood plains had their daily routines disrupted, although Dorset suffered far less from the flooding than did many other parts of the country. The scenes below show parts of the Stour valley from Wimborne northwards at the beginning of December. Other parts of the county (E.g. Winterborne Stickland) fared little better.

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In the top row of pictures:

  • Cyclist out enjoying the views of flooded meadows, White Mill near Sturminster Marshall (picture)
  • Ditto, but this time for horse riders (picture)
  • Floodwaters surround the mill (picture)
  • Several roads were closed to motor vehicles due to floodwater (picture)
  • Water-meadows west of Wimborne (picture)

In the bottom row of pictures:

  • Sandbag and polythene provide defences against flooding in Wimborne (picture)
  • Flooded meadows near Eye Bridge (picture)
  • Eye Bridge, inaccessible due to flooding (picture)
  • Wellingtons help keep services functioning in the flood waters (picture)
  • But several days of disruption were experienced, with many roads blocked or restricted due to flooding (picture)

How this part of the Stour Valley normally looks

Other valleys affected by the flooding in 2000/2001: Winterborne Stickland

Other sites on the web

Maps of the area on streetmap.co.uk:   1:50,000 – detail, 1:250,000 – locality and route to get there

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The pictures of Winter Floods 2000 in this gallery were captured at medium resolution.
This is images of dorset stock photography gallery 069
All photographs copyright © 1998–2003 John Allen

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