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The Latest Flood Advice from Dorset Police

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12:48pm 7th July 2012
(Updated 12:55pm 7th July 2012)

Torrential rain continues to batter Dorchester and Weymouth after 3 inches of rain fell in parts in overnight (7th July 2012).

The intense continuous rain is sparking flood alerts across the county and Dorset Police are urging the public to take care, read below for their latest advice.

Mud slides in the Lyme Regis area have made the cliff faces very unstable and people are being urged to stay away the base of the cliffs.

Meanwhile, home owners in Beaminster are preparing for the worst: Sandbags have been placed by homes in the area as rain continues to lash parts of Dorset.

Chief Superintendent David Griffiths said: "We would also advise motorists to exercise caution when approaching standing water on the roads. Consideration should be given to the depth of the water. Do not take risks driving through flood waters.

"This is not just important for motorist's own vehicles but also in view of other people's property as the spray caused by driving through deep water can lead to waves, flooding adjacent properties and vehicles.

"The bad weather is due to moderate in the early afternoon and unless a journey in the car is absolutely necessary we advise members of the public delay journeys until later this afternoon.

The multi-agency resilience forum will continue to monitor the situation and emergency services will provide imitate assistance to incidents where life is at risk."

The weather conditions are set to continue into the afternoon and Dorset Police would recommend that people check the Environment Agency and the Met Office

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