STORM DENNIS: Sunday morning update

STORM DENNIS: Sunday morning update

Published by Mike Draper at 8:30am 16th February 2020. (Updated at 11:08pm 16th February 2020)

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Be careful if you're venturing out or using the roads today (16th Feb).

Wiltshire and Hampshire are continuing to feel the effects of Storm Dennis which has been sweeping across the UK.

The wind peaked in some parts of the UK last night at over 90mph.


Advice from the AA says:

  1. Try to avoid standing water if you can
  2. Don't drive into flood water that's moving or more than 10cm (4 inches) deep
  3. Drive slowly and steadily so you don't make a bow wave
  4. Test your brakes as soon as you can afterwards
  5. Fast-moving water is very powerful – take care or your car could be swept away
Car stuck in flooding at the ford at Lyburn Road in Landford after Storm Dennis.
This parked car was engulfed by flood water creeping up from the ford on Lyburn Road between Hamptworth and Nomansland.

Most of the problems are associated with flooding and standing water on the roads from Saturday night's heavy rain and high winds which continued into the early hours of Sunday morning.

The A338 dual carriageway at Nunton & Bodenham near Salisbury has been badly affected by standing water.

Wiltshire Council's Highways Team have had a busy time since Saturday afternoon, dealing with reports of around 30 fallen trees.

  • If you see a tree blocking a main road contact Wiltshire Council here: 0300 456 0105

This is one of the trees reported after it fell down on road into Ford via Boswell’s in Salisbury.


  • Care is needed down Lode Hill in Downton, part of the bank has slid into the road.
  • A tree is also reported to be down on Moot Lane to Woodgreen.
  • Glebe Lane in Landford is also said to be badly flooded as is nearby Lyndhurst Rd
  • Great Western Railway services between Westbury and Bath Spa have been disrupted due to fallen tree on the line
  • The latest Spire FM travel information is here.


Flood warnings have been issued on the River Blackwater, threatening Landford, Wellow Mill, and Wade Bridge.

There are also Flood Alerts in force on the River Ebble between Alvediston and Nunton... and on the Nadder between Donhead St Mary and Salisbury.


The Salisbury junior parkrun at Churchill Gardens has been cancelled today, Sunday 16th Feb, on the grounds of safety.

Falling tree debris and the increasingly high river level has forced the difficult decision to call it off.

Branches and tree debris lie strewn across a path in Churchill Gardens in Salisbury after Storm Dennis.
TREE DANGER: This photo from Matt on the Salisbury parkrun core team shows why Churchill Gardens was NOT safe for the junior's event on Sunday.

And Cholderton Charlie's Farm has had one of its events called off.

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