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UPDATED WITH PHOTOS: Dozens rescued from cars in flood water as main Dorset roads closed

By DavidBol  |  Posted: December 24, 2013

  • Sturminster Newton bridge is completely flooded.

  • The River Stour flooded at Blandford Forum (Photo: Emma Norman)

  • A roof was blown off a block of flats near Poole Hospital, landing on the driveway next door

  • A car stuck in flood water under Buckhorn Weston bridge (Photo: Tracey Stainer)

  • Several trees have fallen in the strong winds across Dorset

  • Fireifghters rescue people stuck in flood water in Sturminster Newton yesterday

  • Firefighters have spent the night rescuing 25 people due to weather-related incidents. (Photo: DFRS)

  • A roof was blown off a block of flats near Poole Hospital, landing on the driveway next door

  • Another tree was blown down by gale force winds last night (Photo: Emma Hoyle)

  • Sturminster Newton bridge is completely flooded

  • The River Stour flooded at Blandford Forum (Photo: Emma Norman)

  • The River Stour flooded at Blandford Forum (Photo: Emma Norman)

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FIREFIGHTERS have spent the night rescuing people stuck in flood water across Dorset.

Torrential rain and gale force winds yesterday and overnight had left several main roads closed this morning.

The B3092 Bridge Street in Sturminster Newton is blocked because of flooding. There are also reports the bridge’s stability has been compromised.

The A350 is now open at Iwerne Minster after it was closed due to flooding. The A31 was also re-opened at Canford Bottom - but has been closed once again. The Bakers Arms roundabout along the A35 is now passable.

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The A3030 was closed last night due to flood water – but it has now reopened.

Drivers are still being warned not to drive through dangerous flood water.

The A30 remains closed at West Stour, while the A303 is closed in both directions at Podimore. The Durweston traffic lights are not working at the junction between the A350 and the A357.

Rail passengers are urged to check before they travel as there is lots of disruption on all lines.

Yesterday, firefighters were called to several incidents of flooding, particularly in north Dorset.

At approximately 2pm, officers from Sherborne rescued two people from flood water in Lillington, while a car and a van were pushed through floodwater to safety through floodwater at Bishops Caundle at around 4pm.

Two people were carried to safety from their cars after stalling in flood water along the A350 at iwerne Minster at around 5pm, while crews from Sturminster Newton, Sherborne and Poole used a wading boat to rescue a person from their vehicle in Stalbridge, while another vehicle was pushed to safety.

At approximately 8:30pm, two adults and a child were rescued from flood water at Quar Close, Mappower – with another vehicle being pushed to safety.

The severe weather is expected to move northwards today, but another severe weather warning has been issued by the Met office for Friday.

A Met Office spokesperson said: “Gusts of 70mph to 80mph are possible especially in exposed parts of the west and south.

“Spells of heavy rain can also be expected, including areas that remain saturated from rainfall earlier in the well.”

Preston Beach in Weymouth has now re-opened. It was closed last night after a severe flood warning, meaning danger to life – was issued by the Environment Agency.

Thousands of homes are still without power across the region, with electricity still to be restored to properties in Poole, Yeovil, Bournemouth and the New Forest.

Flood warnings are still in place on the River Stour, River Avon, River Frome, River Wey, River Allen, Swan Brook at Swanage, River Yeo, River Brue and the River Char.

Were you affected by the severe weather yesterday? Send your photos to david.bol@localworld.co.uk

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