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Motorists Ignoring No Go Signs In Flood Hit Village

Charminster Flooding

7:42am 7th January 2014

Motorists are ignoring flood warnings in one of the worst hit parts of Dorset.

Parts of North Street through the Village of Charminster have been left impassable due to the rising river and rain water running off the fields.

Road closure signs are in place but people are still driving through and splashing flood water dangerously close to people's properties.

Nichola and her Mum live in the village. Nichola told Wessex FM she's seen dozens of people drive on through;

"We've had lorries going past, motorbikes, cars, all day long. We went down the road to buy some sand bags and as we got home and started laying them down to protect our property, someone drove by and waved at us. It's just not fair."

"You still have a diversion and the cones up, they are in the middle of the road, but there's a gap on the side so people are going around the signs and going straight down the road. They're completely ignoring the warning."

Dorset Highways Manager Martyn Hill says the boards are in place for a reason;

"We may put flood boards out there which generally mean you can travel through the flood with some care. Sometimes we will put road closed boards out and that is a warning not to drive through those roads, you can completely ruin your car."

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