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Dorset Police Issue Flood Safety Warning

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9:29am 11th July 2012
(Updated 9:32am 11th July 2012)

After recent flooding, Dorset Police have issued safety warnings in case the bad weather returns.

Chief Superintendent David Griffith said: "Continuous heavy rain over the weekend in Dorset resulted in a large number of calls relating to floods being received by the Dorset Police control room.

"This was unusual, however contingency plans were in place to deal with such adverse weather conditions.  Dorset Police work with our partner agencies within the Local Resilience Forum, with the Environment Agency being the lead with regards to flood related issues.

"We would like to encourage members of the public to be vigilant and safety conscious and in the event of the return of this unseasonal weather to:

-  Check websites and Wessex FM traffic bulletins for updates regarding road closures and problem areas before they travel.

- Be aware the flooding is often rapid and therefore the latest information available may not be completely up to date.

- Take care when entering standing water, to check how deep it is and how fast it is flowing, and not to take any unnecessary risks.

- Not call the emergency services to ask about road closures as this may cause a delay in dealing with urgent calls.

You can see a list of all road closure information HERE.

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