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UPDATED: Flood warnings issued for Dorset after downpours

By adampostans  |  Posted: February 10, 2013

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Two flood warnings have today been issued for Dorset following torrential rain and the forecast of further downpours.
The Environment Agency warnings, which mean flooding is expected and immediate action is required, are for the River Char at Dolphins River caravan park in Charmouth and the River Wey from Upwey to Weymouth.
There is also one new flood alert, indicating that residents should be prepared for possible flooding, this morning for West Dorset rivers and streams, including the rivers Lim, Char, Simene, Brit, Asker, Mangerton, and Bride.
An existing flood warning for South Winterbourne Valley is also still in place.
Only one of the four Environment Agency flood warnings for the UK is outside Dorset.
UPDATE (1.30pm):
The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for the River Char at Charmouth, including The Street, Catherston Cottages, Robyns Nest, Neighbridge Cottage, and Kingfishers.
Hazardous driving conditions are also being reported on many roads.
Flooding has blocked the A35 at Monkeys Jump Roundabout in Dorchester at the A37 junction, and also Nottington Lane in Weymouth, while the A35 in Winterbourne Abbas near is just passable around the B3159 junction.
UPDATE (3.15pm):
A new flood alert has been issued for the Upper Frome and tributaries between Toller Whelme and Dorchester.
Meanwhile, the Highways Agency says the A35 in Bridport is now closed both ways between the A37 and A3066 junctions because of flooding.
The trunk road is also shut from Lytchett Minster to Bere Regis between the A351 and the C7, as is the C6 from Bere Regis to Wool, and the West Stafford bypass.
UPDATE (4.40pm):
High tides predicted for Monday morning have prompted three further flood alerts to be issued in Dorset by the Environment Agency in the last hour.
The first is for West Bay Harbour and the tidal stretch of the River Brit where flooding is possible at 7am, although it should be confined to the area immediately surrounding the harbour.
Christchurch Harbour and tidal stretches of the Lower Stour and Avon are on alert for high tide at 10am. Flooding again should be limited to waterfront areas, such as the Quomps.
The third is for Weymouth Harbour and the tidal stretch of the River Wey, where the Town Bridge area will be under threat at 7.45am.
Meanwhile, more roads in the county are succumbing to flooding.
The A352 in East Knighton between East Knighton Lane and Lampton Close is just passable, as is the B3157 Burton Bradstock High Street.

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