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Dorset's Rivers Close To Bursting Their Banks


8:17am 13th February 2014

Some of Dorset's rivers are close to bursting their banks.

Weeks of sporadic and at times heavy rain, has caused water levels to rise dangerously close to river edges.

The Environment Agency has warned people living near at risk areas that their homes could flood over the next few days.

Heavy rain is forecast for much of Dorset tomorrow (Friday 14th February).

Ron Curtis from the Environment Agency told Wessex FM they're keeping a close eye on rivers;

"We've got very high levels across all our rivers in Dorset and very high groundwater as well. We are monitoring the situation as we get more rainfall because of how wet everywhere is we'll see increased levels in rivers so we'll be issuing further flood warnings."

Gwen Yarker, from Charminster, has put down sandbags to protect her home after the river though the village burst its banks causing major flooding last month.

"The 3 arches of the bridge which are identified as one of the main causes for flooding in the village are completely covered with water and the water is just beginning to look as if it's going to edge over the road to one of my neighbours properties, touch wood the river hasn't yet burst its banks."

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