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Dorset flooding to continue over festive weekend

By DavidBol  |  Posted: December 21, 2012

Flooding in Dorset is likely to take place over the weekend and Christmas Eve

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Dorset is recovering after a day of heavy rain and flooding - but more wet weather is on the way over the weekend.

The Met Office has issued a wet weather warning for Dorset for Saturday, Sunday and Christmas Eve, with the risk of flooding remaining high.

Yesterday, Dorset Fire and Rescue Service responded to numerous calls from drivers stuck in flood water, while standing water closed or blocked dozens of roads.

At around 7.30am, Dorset Police were alerted by a member of the public that a caravan was floating down a river in Moreton.

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The police and fire service attended and found the vehicle in the river at the footbridge by the Old Post Office.

Luckily, no-one was inside the caravan, which was secured.

Standing water caused slow moving traffic yesterday morning on the A35, A352, Queen Anne Drive in Merley and the A37, while water levels in the River Stour and River Frome remain high.

The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings on the River Frome, River Stour, River Avon and The River Wey.

Thousands of people are expected on the roads today, as people get away for the festive period. The Environment Agency are urging people to check their journey before they leave as further bad weather is expected.

John Curtin, Head of Incident Management at the Environment Agency said: "Our teams are out around the clock to minimise the risks and prepare for flooding, clearing drainage channels and ensuring that flood defences are working properly.

"With a very busy travel weekend coming up, we would also ask that people check their route before travelling, and remember not to drive or walk through flood water."

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