Christchurch people evacuated as river bursts banks0
Over 100 people were evacuated from their homes in Dorset early on Christmas Day after the river Stour burst its banks and swept through parts of Christchurch, reports The Guardian online.
Ninety residents at the Iford Bridge home park, which is midway between Christchurch and Bournemouth, were led out of their homes at 3am after the water levels rose to 1.2 metres (4ft) and floodwater started seeping into the properties.
They were taken to a day centre in Boscombe, Bournemouth, and to the Iford Baptist church, which was later cut off by the rising waters.
A short time later, 15 residents from the Beaulieu Gardens home park in Christchurch were evacuated from their properties.
By 5.30am , the floodwater had reached the front gardens of some properties along Water Lane and Old Bridge Road in Christchurch and the council handed out dozens of sandbags.