Severe Flood And Weather Warning For Dorset
6:54am 3rd January 2014
(Updated 4:33pm 3rd January 2014)
Dorset Police are telling communities in Dorset to prepare for high winds and heavy rain today.
There's also a risk of severe flooding in places.
Preston Beach Road is closed from 7am until 9.30am this morning.
Its one of 21 severe flood warnings that have been issued, mostly in the South West of England.
Weymouth esplanade and harbour, Chiswell on Portland and West Bay are also on flood alert.
A mobile home park in Bournemouth has been evacuated.
Occupants of properties at risk of flooding who have concerns or are unsure what to do should contact the Environment Agency on 0845 988 1188, visit their website www.environment-agency.gov.uk or call the emergency services on 999 if urgent.
Gale to severe gale force winds will be an added hazard, with the potential for very strong gusts in coastal areas.
Dorset Police and partners are reminding residents to prepare for the adverse weather and advice extreme care be taken in coastal areas.
Do not go to the beach or cliffs to look at the weather
Do not carry out any water sports or make unnecessary trips out to sea
Do not go near the sea to walk or paddle in the waves
Do not ignore road closure signs
If living in an 'at risk' area monitor the Environment Agency website for flood warnings closely on 0845 988 1188, visit their website www.environment-agency.gov.uk. If advised to evacuate:
Leave in good time
Take all essential medication with you
Do not return under any circumstances until you have been advised that it is safe to do so
In high winds Dorset Police advise motorists:
Not to travel unless you have to
Keep your distance from other vehicles
Keep your speed down - sudden gusts of wind can blow you off course
Leave extra time to get to your destination
Show consideration for other motorists, especially when confronted with delays and/or blocked roads
When visibility is reduced switch on your headlights.
In the event of flooding, drivers are advised to:
Exercise caution when approaching standing water on the roads
Give consideration to the depth of the water
Do not take any risks driving through flood waters
Drive through shallow water slowly and be aware of the effect of waves on other road users.