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Army arrives on Portland to repair storm damage

Army equipment arrives on Portland Credit: ITV News Westcountry

The army has arrived on Portland to help rebuild Chesil Beach. They've brought bulldozers and diggers to help the Environment Agency whose efforts have been thwarted by giant waves this week. Parts of the beach and flood defences were washed away by storms at the start of January.

Bulldozers lined up near Chesil Beach Credit: ITV News Westcountry

The Army has sent 3 9 Engineer Regiment from Kinloss in Scotland. Work is due to start on Monday after the weekend storms have passed.

How Portland dealt with the storm alarm

It was a sound that reminded many of the war - at half past ten on Monday night the wail of a siren was heard across Portland in Dorset - urging residents to take cover from the storm that was about to hit.

Many headed for upstairs rooms facing away from the sea as huge waves and pebbles battered their homes. Since the alarm people have been clearing up the damage left behind. John Andrews reports


Reporting on the storms on Portland

Properties were evacuated on Portland last night (Monday) after severe flood warnings were issued.

Warning sirens sounded at 10.30pm when the sea became extremely rough. People in seafront houses were helped to safety.

This lunchtime, three severe flood warnings were still in place for Dorset, as well as a Met Office yellow warning for more rain. We spoke to our reporter John Andrews who's spent the morning on Portland.

New role for Portland jail

The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that Portland Young Offenders Institution is to house adult criminals coming to the end of their sentences.

It's taking on the role of Dorset's resettlement prison following the announcement in September that Dorchester jail is to close.

The announcement follows lobbying by the county's police and crime commissioner.

Portland Young Offenders Institution. Credit: ITV News West Country

Strange craft compete in Speed Week

One of the stranger craft competing in Speed Week off Portland Credit: ITV News West Country

Strange sailing boats and windsurfers are hoping to sail as fast as possible off Portland during the annual Speed Week.

The sailing world speed record holder Paul Larsen is there today.

The competition, which has been running since the 1970s, sees sailors go as fast as they can across 500m of Portland Harbour.


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