Dorset Deluged By Flooding
10:53am 8th July 2012
(Updated 9:10am 10th July 2012)
Over a month's worth of rain falling in just 24 hours has caused chaos in Dorset, with major flooding in some areas.
Parts of Bridport had to be evacuated, the emergency services delivered sandbags there and to Dorchester to protect homes and businesses and Burton Bradstock was cut off by flood waters.
You can watch a video of the flooding in Bridport HERE:
The A35 near Winterborne Abbas remains closed this morning.
The water table which has risen to 10 meters in the last 3 days is so high there's currently nowhere for the flood water to drain off.
Winterborne Valley First School was also forced to close today.
Has your home or business been flooded? We spoke to Paul Legg from Arthur Savage Insurance who has this advice.
Environment Agency figures show more than 70 mm of rain came down in Portland between 7pm on Friday and the same time yesterday.
Roger from the Bridge House Hotel in Bridport told Wessex FM how high the flood waters were...
Mike McDaid lives in a cottage in Upwey in Weymouth. He spoke to Wessex FM about the scene outside his front door.
Tony Grange works for Bride Valley Motors, they were inundated with call outs from people stuck in their vehicles.
Dorset Fire and Rescue say they attended 200 incidents related to the weather in the last 24 hours, and Portland's coastguard also helped out at a number of them.
Dorset Police is updating safety advice to its communities after heavy and persistent rain during the day throughout the county.
Despite the heavy rainfall having now stopped and therefore the risk of further surface water reducing, officers are still urging members of the public to proceed with caution as many roads are still flooded.
Chief Superintendent David Griffith said: “We advise motorists to exercise caution while driving and to show concern for other road users and nearby properties.
“Consideration should be given to the depth of the water. Do not take risks driving through flood waters.
“This is not just important for motorists’ own vehicles but also in view of other people’s property as the spray caused by driving through deep water can lead to waves, flooding adjacent properties and vehicles.
“The multi-agency resilience forum will continue to monitor the situation overnight.
“Today, between midnight and 6pm in the afternoon, Dorset Police dealt with in excess of 100 weather related incidents while maintaining service to around 380 other non flood related incidents.”
Road users are advised to check the weather forecast and road conditions before travelling in the Dorset area today.
There is currently localised flooding in the county particularly near Dorchester, affecting the A35.
Local access is possible but through traffic is advised to use the A36, the A303 and the A30.
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