W is for Water, Water, Everywhere!

W is for Water, Water, Everywhere!

'Flood Warning Issued for River Stour with up to 30 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours - flooding is expected this morning for: Farms at Sturminster Marshall, Cowgrove Shops in Wimborne Mill Street in Corfe Mullen Bridge House Hotel in Ferndown Brecon Close, Ringwood Road, Throop Road in Bournemouth Barrack Road and Willow Way in Christchurch.

Well,  that was the local news headline in May 2012 and was an event which appears to happen at least once a year. It did happen again in January 2014  with another event in November 2016 .

However on researching the archives things were not much different in the 19th Century.

Holdenhurst School Logbook:

1869 (Jan.) '5. Very wet day. Registers not taken in the morning, 9 children only have attended.

1869 (Jan.) '6. Very few children present on account of not being able to pass the water. It is very high.

1869 (Jan.) '7. Many children absent for the same reason as yesterday.


Some rules to follow (presumably not the last 3 if you were a 19th century inhabitant!)

  1. Act now to protect yourself and your property.
  2. If it's safe to do so, block doors with flood boards or sandbags and cover airbricks and other ventilation holes.
  3. If you are caught in a flash flood, get to higher ground. Stay away from flood water and don't take risks.
  4. Move family, pets and valuables to a safe place.
  5. If it's safe, make sure your neighbours are aware of the situation and offer help to anyone who may need it.
  6. Avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water.
  7. Keep a flood kit ready including a torch, batteries, fully charged mobile phone, warm clothes, water, food and prescription medicines you may need.
  8. Turn off gas, electricity and water if your property is about to flood. Never touch an electrical switch if you are standing in water.
  9. Call Floodline on 0845 988 1188 for up-to-date flooding information.