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Poole Prepares For Weekend Of Storms

Poole is bracing itself for another period of severe weather this weekend.

With the forecast for high tide and very strong winds, potentially reaching as high as force 9, the risk of flooding to parts of the town has considerably increased.

Flooding is likely to occur in Lower Hamworthy as well as around Hamworthy Park, Poole Quay, West Quay, Town Quay, Brownsea Road, Banks Road and Sandbanks car park this evening and overnight.

Borough of Poole will be carrying out inspections of Poole Quay throughout this period and if the road becomes too dangerous it will be closed to vehicles between West Street and Ballard Road roundabout. Pedestrians will still be able to access the Quay with extreme caution.

In the event that flooding does occur, council staff will be on hand to distribute sand bags to those properties most at risk of being affected.

The Twin Sails Bridge and Poole Bridge will only be lifted in the event that mariners wish to access the harbour.

Simon Legg, Street Scene Operations Manager, Borough of Poole, said: "With this next spell of bad weather we are advising residents to be on their guard. We would strongly advise against wave watching along the harbour and beaches and to take extra care when travelling through surface water.

"Our staff are on standby to deal with any issues arising from this latest storm. The team have been working really hard over the last month or so dealing with a range of issues such as flooding, fallen trees and repairs to roads."

Emergency pothole repairs have today taken place in Hill Street, Longfleet Drive, Dorset Way, Canford Way and Oakley Straight. Localised flooding has also been dealt with in:

Beckhampton Road
Sunnyhill Road
Charmouth Grove
Blandford Road
Lagland Street
Cabot Lane
Magna Road

Residents can find further information and advice from the Environment Agency at www.environment-agency.gov.uk.