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Get Set For Flooding !

Weymouth Flooding 1

11:30am 3rd November 2015

With winter approaching, the Environment Agency is urging communities across Dorset to be ‘Flood Aware’.

One of the first things you can do is check whether your home or business is at risk.

If you are in an area prone to flooding the Agency strongly recommends you sign up to its free Flood Warning Direct service. All you need to register is provide the Agency with a telephone number it can contact you on.

Homeowners and businesses in areas at risk of flooding are also urged to prepare flood plans.. Help is available from local flood resilience teams who can provide advice and help you prepare a plan for your community.

In some areas of Dorset, the highest risk of flooding isn’t from rivers and streams, but groundwater. The Environment Agency recently identified areas most at risk of groundwater flooding and is working with communities and partners in a new campaign to raise awareness and encourage people to sign up to the Flood Warnings Direct service.

These new groundwater flood warning areas complement existing flood alert areas and have been drawn up using data collected from the ‘valley gravel geology layer’.

Locations most at risk of groundwater flooding include The Bourne Valley, River Till and Chitterne, The Ebble, Vale of Allen, North Winterbourne, Frome and Piddle and South Winterborne Valley.

More information about this campaign is available from the Wessex Flood Resilience team at floodwessex@environment-agency.gov.uk

Dorset’s coastal defences are now fully repaired and ready for the winter following major works at Preston Beach, Weymouth where rock from the nearby Isle of Portland has been used to reinforce a 450m stretch of the shingle beach.

Repairs to Chesil beach coastal defences have also been finished and will restore flood protection to the local community this winter. In early 2014 severe storms and huge waves caused major damage to the sea wall at Chiswell and massive loss of shingle from Chesil beach.

Extensive re-profiling of the shingle has reinstated protection, along with repairs to the sea wall and flood alleviation channel. In total, almost £1.9 million has been spent on repairs to Dorset’s coastal defences since last year’s storms.

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