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Environment Agency warns strong winds could increase flooding tonight

By This is Dorset  |  Posted: November 22, 2012

More flooding is expected in Dorset overnight (Photo: DFRS)

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Strong winds have been causing problems across Dorset today - and we could see more flooding as more rain is expected tonight.

This afternoon, a 15-tonne lorry blew over on the A35 at Whiteway Cross. The road was closed for several hours, while a recovery operation took place.

The driver was uninjured, but the road remained shut while authorities repaired damage to the road surface.

In Weymouth, a tree fell onto a blue Ford car - with a local woman inside.

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The woman was uninjured, but shaken up at the incident on Alexandra Road.

A flood warning was been issued for the Redhill area of Bournemouth. Water levels are rising, and the situation is expected to get worse overnight due to increased rainfall.

The River Stour also poses a flooding risk, with the Environment Agency warning of high water levels between Sturminster Newton and Christchurch.

An Environment Agency spokesperson said: "Rain falling on already saturated ground could lead to further river and surface water flooding, and strong winds could worsen surface water flooding, as wind-blown leaves and debris block drains.

"Our teams are working across the country, clearing watercourses of debris and monitoring river levels, and will be out in force over the coming days."

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