Flood warnings in place across Dorset

Flood warnings in place across Dorset

Published by George Sharpe at 5:53pm 10th March 2020.

Flood alerts and warnings are in effect across the county.

The Environment Agency are warning of rising groundwater levels due to forecast showers over the next few days.

Groundwater levels are high across the county and flood alerts are in place, following widespread flooding last week.

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A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said:

"Sea levels will be high as a result of high spring tides."

High water is forecast for 0800 tomorrow morning, along with a Force 5 West South West wind.

"Flooding to roads is possible at these times, however conditions may apply one to two hours either side of the high tide. Areas most at risk are Portland and Weymouth Harbour.

"Low pressure will cause sea levels to be higher than forecast in tide tables.

"We are closely monitoring the situation.

"Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and be careful along beaches, promenades and coastal footpaths and roads.  "

The River Piddle between Alton Pancras and Wareham is subject to a red flood warning. Residents are being advised to take immediate action. They're asking people with flood resilience equipment to install it now.

The South Winterbourne Valley is also subject to similar warnings. Residents with septic tanks are being told they may experience problems flushing the toilet.

In a red flood warning the Environment Agency recommends:

  • turn off gas, water and electricity
  • move things upstairs or to safety
  • move family, pets and car to safety