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Be Prepared For More Flooding

Flood Damage Portland

3:59pm 7th February 2014

Dorset residents are being urged to prepare for more severe weather this weekend.

The Met Office is warning that gale force winds and waves, coupled with heavy rainfall, are due to hit the county tonight (7 February) and on Saturday (8 February).

Dorset’s multi-agency weather taskforce is again asking residents to be prepared by securing their property to prevent winds ripping items up and causing more damage.

Rainfall of between 12-15 mm is expected, which will also increase the risk of flooding.

Residents in Chiswell, Portland should particularly be on alert and ready to evacuate. Locals are reminded to put flood boards in and window shutters in place.

Simon Parker, Dorset County Council’s emergency planning officer said:

“You can help make sure your home is protected by securing garden furniture and clearing drainage ditches. If you can, move possessions, including cars, to a higher location and, if possible, stay upstairs during a storm.”

“If you do need to evacuate your home it can be easy to forget important items, such as prescription medicines. Please make sure you remember to take your medication with you.”

Agencies including Dorset County Council, the Environment Agency, town, parish, district and borough councils, the NHS, Highways Agency, utility companies and the emergency services are all working together to support local communities.

Residents can check flood warnings at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood or the Environment Agency’s live flood warning map at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods

They can also call Floodline on 0345 9881188 to get the latest information.

People are also being advised to take extra care along cliffs and beaches. Landslides often take place after wet weather as there is a delay in the rainwater falling and soaking into the ground. With the continuing wet weather more landslides are expected.

Simon Parker added:

“Despite several warnings, we are still hearing reports of people walking through floodwater and getting too close while wave watching. We can’t stress the danger people are putting themselves, and rescuers, in. For their own safety, we are asking people to comply with warning signs and officials’ advice.”

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