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Flood Prevention Plan Wants to Hear from Dorset Residents

Flooding Weymouth Harbour

8:51am 8th October 2013

Dorset residents are being asked to help prevent the county from flooding.

Last year some areas were badly hit following torrential downpours. Large open fields around Dorchester became waterlogged, with loads of events and football matches cancelled.

It was the same story in Weymouth and other parts of the county including Burton Bradstock where many people became trapped in their homes.

Some suffered severe flood damage and desperate homeowners scrambled for sandbags to protect their property.

Now, a year on and the local authoroties are still looking for that solution to prevent it from happening again.

They want to find out what measures people around South Dorset have put in place to protect their homes, that could be walls around your garden or a mini-trenche at the gate. Or, what natural features around your home or business manged to keep flood water out last year.

You can let them know by attending a drop-in session next week - full details below.

The Council says, public feedback will help shape development plans and improve flood protection systems in the future.

Susan Woodhouse, the council's senior engineer for flood risk management, said:

"We would like to know about structures and features that protect properties from flooding. They can include a wide range of things from garden walls and other man-made structures to raised areas of land, embankments and other natural features."

Mon 14 Oct, 12:30-1600, Wareham Corn Exchange,
Weds 16 Oct, 0900-1400, Bridport Market, Buck Doo Square,

Weds 23 Oct, 0830-1330, Dorchester Market
Thurs 24 Oct, 0800-1400, Weymouth Market

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