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Severe weather warning as Dorset prepares for more storms

By mmanning  |  Posted: February 06, 2014

Dorset residents have been told to prepare for more stormy weather.

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Dorset is set to be battered by more wind and rain over coming days and residents are being urged to stay safe.

The county's multi-agency weather taskforce is advising people to take steps to prevent injury, storm damage and flooding.

The Environment Agency and the Met Office are warning that high winds and waves coupled with heavy rainfall are due to hit the county tomorrow and over the weekend.

There is a possible risk to life with coastal defences depleted and the prospect for river flooding due to the continuing stormy weather.

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Simon Parker, Dorset County Council's emergency planning officer said: "When a severe weather warning is issued it means that your day will be different. Personal preparations ahead of these warnings are essential, whether it's getting ready for floods or changing travel plans.

"A number of agencies are working together to ensure people are informed of the dangers and plans are in place if evacuations are needed.

"Local residents can help by ensuring their properties are protected, garden furniture secured and that any drainage ditches are clear. People, their cars and possessions should be moved to a safe or higher location."

Agencies working with Dorset County Council include the Environment Agency, town, parish, district and borough councils, the NHS, Highways Agency, utility companies and the emergency services.

Yesterday's storms left a lot of debris on beaches and the surrounding areas. People are being warned that some of these objects can be dangerous. A number of flares have been discovered and the advice is for anyone finding these to call the emergency services on 999.

People are also being advised to take extra care along cliffs and beaches. Landslides often take place after wet weather as there is a delay in the rainwater falling and soaking into the ground. With the continuing wet weather more landslides are expected.

Mr Parker added: "We have had a number of instances of people walking through floodwater and getting too close while wave watching. Although the sights are fascinating and the water looks easy to navigate situations change very quickly.

"Swollen rivers can easily burst their banks so extra vigilance is needed. People who put themselves in danger are also putting the rescuers in danger too. I urge people to comply with warning signs and officials' advice."

For advice and guidance on floods and flooding visit www.dorsetforyou.com/travel-dorset/severe-weather

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  • Insiderinside  |  February 06 2014, 11:30PM

    Inside the Environment Agency have been exposing the failings of the Environment Agency for going on a year now: http://tinyurl.com/o6y5w5r - others have been exposing these failures for even longer.