Robert Walter MP (North Dorset) visited communities in his North Dorset constituency hardest hit by recent flooding to hear their concerns.
Bob then moved on to Stourpaine in the afternoon to meet with Parish, District and County Councillors, Stourpaine Volunteer Flood Officer, Lyle Adlem, and local residents – some of whom were forced to leave their flooded properties on Christmas Eve. At least ten houses in the village were flooded to a depth of two feet, some for the second time in eighteen months, and Dorset Fire & Rescue Service called in the services of a boat to rescue one resident.
Bob commented: “Having spent Christmas in the constituency and seen the flooding at Hamoon and Sturminster Newton on Christmas day for myself, it was all too clear that North Dorset had been badly affected by the extreme weather conditions. My heart goes out to those faced with cleaning up after a Christmas ruined by flood waters.
The ground is then unable to deal with the volume.
Fortunately power was restored to the village after eighteen hours.