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Nature Reserve Hit By Flood Water

RSPB Flooding 1

9:09am 10th July 2012
(Updated 11:15am 10th July 2012)

Flood-hit communities in South Dorset are trying to get back to normal after a month's worth of rain fell in 24 hours over the weekend (7-8th July 2012).

Heavy downpours devastated parts of Dorchester Weymouth and their surrounding villages.

Bridport was so badly flooded hundreds of people had to be evacuated from their homes.

Dorset Fire and Rescue attended 200 incidents related to the weather and Portland's coastguard also helped out at a number of them.

The RSPB centre in Weymouth has been forced to close after it took in a metre of water.

Luke Phillips works there and says he was shocked when he discovered the sheer volume of water inside. Click the player below to listen to more.

Dozens of birds on the Weymouth reserve have been affected too, with loads of nests washed away in the floods. Click the player below to hear more from RSPB's Luke Phillips.


Flooding Could Affect Route Of Olympic Torch

Its emerged that flooding on a number of roads in Dorset may affect the route which the Olympic Torch will take when it arrives in the county on Thursday.

All Agencies involved in the Torch relay are working together to put plans in place if the convoy needs to be diverted.

Angus Campbell, chairman of Dorset's Olympic Board said: "All Dorset agencies are working very closely with the Met Office and the Environment Agency so that we can make decisions as quickly as possible on the route the Olympic flame will take.

"Our intention, where possible, is to use the published route but we have alternatives in place if the weather causes further difficulties.

"We'll be posting information on our website and you can follow us on Twitter to find out the latest updates.

"Everyone driving in areas of Dorset affected by flooding should take extreme care

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