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Risk of More Flooding in South Dorset this Weekend

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7:40am 21st December 2012
(Updated 7:51am 21st December 2012)

The Environment Agency is warning people in South Dorset to be prepared, with more rain expected in the run up to Christmas Day.

Emergency services have reported a quieter night after heavy downpours battered parts of Dorchester, Weymouth and surrounding villages 24 hours ago.

It caused some localised flooding.

More heavy rain is expected over the weekend and Environment Officers say residents should prepare to protect their properties and if it's safe to do so, block doors with flood boards or sandbags - there's more advice below.

- If you are caught in a flash flood, get to higher ground.  Stay away from flood water and don't take risks. 

- Move family, pets and valuables to a safe place. 

- Keep a flood kit ready including a torch, batteries, fully charged mobile phone, warm clothes, water, food and any prescription medicines you may need.

- If it's safe, make sure your neighbours are aware of the situation and offer help to anyone who may need it.

- Avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water.

- Call Floodline on 0845 988 1188 for up-to-date flooding information.

The Environment Agency website contains details of river level and flooding information and can be accessed here.

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