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25 Rescued from Vehicles at Height of Dorset Storm

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6:59am 24th December 2013
(Updated 10:45am 24th December 2013)

Firefighters received 240 flood calls and rescued 25 people from their cars in Dorset during the storm.

Trees were uprooted, roads flooded and debris strewn across carriageways following yesterdays (Monday 23rd December) 12 hours of persistent rain and strong winds.

The A35 at Lychett Minster, between the Bere Regis roundabout (Shell Garage) and the Bakers Arms has been badly hit with a lot of surface water flooding forcing closures.

Fallen trees have been a problem too, part of the A31 was shut-off overnight as engineers worked to cut and remove a large tree that been uprooted and sent crashing through a wall.

It's not just the roads affected, the rail network continues to suffer and shuttle buses have been put on by South West Trains to ferry passengers between Weymouth and Bournemouth.

The rail operator had to cancel all trains up until 10am while engineers checked the tracks for fallen trees and debris.

They say the Dorset line is now clear but are running a limited service up until lunchtime.

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