South Dorset at Risk of Flooding Through to Spring 2013
10:20am 24th December 2012
(Updated 10:22am 24th December 2012)
Dorset is one of the UK's most at risk of flooding after more rain overnight and further downpours forecast for later and Christmas Day.
There are 7 flood warnings in place for Dorset and motorists are warned to be careful on roads that have a lot of surface water and large puddles.
The Environment Agency is telling residents to prepare to protect their properties.
With more rain forecast on Christmas Day morning in Dorchester, Weymouth and surrounding villages there's a high risk of flooding as water falls on already saturated ground.
A warning's also been issued by Purbeck District Council after concerns were raised people weren't paying enough attention to unstable cliff warning signs, after a land slip at a Swanage beach last Friday (21st December).
Steve Mackenzie, Chief Executive of Purbeck District Council said: "Dorset Police, the Coastguard Agency and Purbeck District Council are deeply concerned that people are risking their lives by ignoring the warning signs on Swanage beach following Friday's cliff fall."
"There is a risk that further cliff falls and landslips may occur. Please do not put your life in danger by ignoring the warning signs."
A little bit of respite is expected with downpours easing off tomorrow afternoon (25th December) but more rain is forecast for the rest of the week.
The Environment Agency has said it's very unlikely ground will dry out until the spring; "Any rain, whether showers or heavy downpours pose a risk of some localised flooding because areas are already soaked".