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New Leisure Centre Evacuated


8:07am 23rd November 2012
(Updated 7:17pm 23rd November 2012)

The new Sports Centre in Dorchester was evacuated last night.

High winds caused damage to the roof of the multi million pound facility in Coburg Road.

Meanwhile a woman escaped serious injury yesterday after a tree fell on her car in Weymouth.

Strong winds brought the tree down in Alexandra Road.

An artic lorry also overturned on the A35 dual carriageway at Askerswell heading towards Bridport.

The driver was uninjured.

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service rescued approximately 20 people on Wednesday 21st from flood water and other hazardous situations and are urging people to avoid these situations.'

They issued this statement to Wessex FM yesterday afternoon:

"Emergency services are prepared for the weather with ambulance crews, fire and rescue crews and police on standby to deal with victims caught in the backlash. Warnings are going out to people to take extra care when driving, ensuring that you are visible to other drivers and road users by ensuring headlights are on even in daylight hours, and not under any circumstances attempting to drive through standing or flowing water if you are not sure how deep it is. If you can get home before the worst of the weather, do so, or wait until it has passed before attempting longer routes."

Meanwhile Dorset County Council warned us to do what we can to protect our homes and businesses from flooding.

Brian Richards, flood risk manager at Dorset County Council, said:

"It's important that people prepare as much as possible for flooding. There is a very real risk and it won't take much rainfall for flooding to occur."

Guy Parker from the Environment Agency added: "The main difference is that some usual methods of flood protection, for example sandbags, may not be effective.

"Often the best method to try and keep groundwater out of a property is to use a drainage or pump system. Many of the actions for preparing for groundwater flooding are the same as those for flooding from rivers or the sea.

"The risk of groundwater flooding and the precautions people can take to protect their homes are explained in the 'Flooding from Groundwater' leaflet, which is available at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/floods/groundwater and we advise people who are at risk of flooding to draw up a personal flood plan, and to prepare a flood kit now. They will then know what to do during a flood."

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