LiveSTORMS LATEST: Weather and travel updates as floods hit the county as weather warnings continue for Dorset

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Summary

  • Dorset remains severely hit by flooding with dozens of roads blocked.
  • Flood warnings remain in place for the Upper Frome from Maiden Newton to Dorchester, the River Parrott from South Perrott to Thorney, the South Winterbourne Valley and the Middle Stour from Sturminster Newton to Sturminster Marshall the Lower Frome from East Stoke to Wareham and the Lower Frome from Dorchester to East Stoke.
  • Send your pictures to newsdesk@dorsetecho.co.uk.

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An Environment Agency flood warning is still in place for the South Winterbourne Valley and for the Lower Frome from Drcheser to Wareham.

And a flood alert is in place for Weymouth's rivers and streams.

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A multi-agency taskforce is helping to prepare local residents for the risk of groundwater flooding over the coming weeks.

The Dorset recovery working group, led by Dorset County Council, will work with communities in affected areas to help them get ready for the floods which are expected to hit in the next few days.

The areas most at risk from this type of flooding include Winterbourne Abbas, Milborne St Andrew, Sixpenny Handley, Cranborne Chase and parts of North Dorset.

The chalk geology of these areas combined with the recent extremely heavy rainfall creates a strong likelihood of groundwater flooding. Streams and rivers are at full capacity and high volumes of surface water run off from agricultural land mean that the groundwater has nowhere to go.

Cllr Hilary Cox, the county council’s Cabinet member for environment, said:

“The management of flood risk involves the whole community. Agencies will be working to ensure that obstructions to the highways, streams and other drainage systems are removed. These systems are already at a high capacity so they will continue to be monitored and steps will be taken to relieve them if needed.

“Local residents can help by ensuring their properties are protected, that any culverts or drainage ditches are clear. People and their possessions should be moved to a safe or higher location.”

Other agencies involved in the Dorset recovery working group include the Environment Agency, town, parish, district and borough councils, the NHS, Highways Agency, utility companies and the emergency services.

Simon Parker, Dorset County Council’s emergency planning officer, said:

“The group will look at ways the council and partners can actively work with communities to provide support to people who have been affected.

“There is a possibility that groundwater flooding will be with us for a number of weeks and the wet weather is set to continue. Agencies across the county will continue working together to ensure that Dorset residents get help and assistance when it’s needed.”

For advice and guidance on floods and flooding click here.

2:09pm

FOLLOWING the recent storms Dorset Police are warning people of the risks of landslides.

Officers are also asking people to be aware of the problems caused by driving through floodwater.
Officers said that on many occasions large vehicles – similar to four wheel drive cars – were being driven through standing water at speed creating a wash that penetrates flood defences of nearby properties.

They added that in some areas of the county some drivers are ignoring road closure signs to drive through floods, exacerbating problems caused by flooding and adding to the worry and distress of affected home owners.

Superintendent Jared Parkin, of Dorset Police, said: “Motorists continuing to drive at speed through flood water are causing significant bow waves and further flooding to houses already saturated with water. Houses, that so far have escaped flooding, are being flooded by these waves.

“Understandably, this is extremely upsetting for those affected who are already battling against this terrible weather.”

All road users are advised not to drive through flood water or ignore road closure signs. Where ground water is present on the roads and cannot be avoided motorists are advised to take great care and to drive slowly.

Superintendent Parkin continued: “Roads are closed because they are impassable – do not ignore the signs – to do so is dangerous.

“All road closures are assessed regularly and will be lifted as soon as it is safe to do so. The patience of the public in this matter is appreciated.”

Dorset Police and partners are also advising of the risk of landslides in the county following the adverse weather.

Landslides often take place after wet weather as there is a delay in the rainwater falling and soaking into the ground. Cliffs and areas that have clays at the base and porous sandstone or limestone at the top are prone to landslides because the water soaks down through the cliff top but cannot pass through the clay.

Residents and visitors should be aware that Dorset has several areas where the geology may lead to a landslide either inland or on the coast and are advised to take care.

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B3081 Dorset - The B3081 in Wimborne St Giles is closed between the Bottlebush Lane junction and the A354 junction because of flooding.

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Flooding on the A352 Charminster between A37 and Mill Lane is passable by large vehicles

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The latest local flooded roads are:

A35 Winterbourne Abbas, both ways between Longland's Lane and B3159

A352 East Knighton, both ways at Water Lane

B3159 Church Street Upwey, both ways between Stottingway Street and Watery Lane

B3162 North Allington Bridport, both ways between Allington Mead and Pymore Lane - This road was affected by a landslip and is just passable

Beach Road Burton Bradstock, both ways at B3157 Common Lane

The Moor Puddletown, both ways between A35 and High Street

Cox's Lane Long Bredy, both ways at Abbotsbury Lane

Nottington Lane Nottington, both ways at B3159 Dorchester Road

Milton Road Milborne St Andrew, both ways at A354 The Square

 

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There is a traffic light failure this morning on Radipole Park Drive in Weymouth at the Jubilee Close junction.

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This video from Portland resident Stuart Morris shows how gigantic waves have destroyed the Pom Pom rock stack on the island.

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Make sure you check out all the storm pictures from our Echo photographers and readers by clicking here.

 

8:45pm

Looks like we could see a sunny afternoon tomorrow after showers in the morning.

Cloudy with sunny spells on Friday and some showers in the evening.

Then on Saturday it should be sunny but feeling a bit cooler.

 

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Environment Agency flood warnings are still in place for the South Winterbourne Valley and flood alerts are in place for Weymouth rivers and streams.

But flood warnings are now no longer in force for the Lower Stour, West Dorset rivers and streams, Preston Beach or Chiswell.

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TRAFFIC LATEST:

  • Milton Road in Milborne St Andrew is closed at the A354 The Square junction, because of flooding
  • The Avon Causeway in Hurn is closed between the Matchams Lane junction and Court Farm Junction, because of flooding
  • The A37 in Stratton at the Dorchester Road junction is cleared after previous emergency repair work
  • Valley Road in Tarrant Hinton remains closed in both directions between the A354 junction and the Boyne's Lane junction, because of flooding
  • There's also flooding on A35 in Winterbourne Abbas between the Longland's Lane junction and the B3159 junction

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Reader Alan Pope from Dorchester has shared a useful tip about how he prevents flooding at his home, which is built in a chalky area.
He said: “Chalk is porous, so water just seeps down through it. But it also carries with it small pieces of dust, which block the pores and so water can no longer penetrate it.
“This means even chalky areas can flood.
“When my son was 10- he is now 56- he came in and told me we were about to get flooded.
“The garden was full of water and it was lapping up the step of the porch.
“So I got a long bar and drove it down to about 18 inches to two feet in to the ground.
“When I removed it, the water disappeared down the hole much like it would a plughole.”
Mr Pope, aged 85, added: “Since then I have used this trick about eight more times to prevent flooding.
“At the moment a lot of people are suffering, but I thought this might be a useful tip for readers.”

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There are emergency repairs and restrictions on A37 in Stratton at the Dorchester Road junction.

 

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Thanks to weather enthusiast Jacques Steventon who has provided us with these Dorset Live Weather graphs.

The first one measures the rainfall rate today during an hourly time period:

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The second one shows today's daily rainfall in Dorset compared to previous days.

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Valley Road in Tarrant Hinton is closed in both directions between the A354 junction and the Boyne's Lane junction, because of flooding.

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An earlier traffic light failure on Wyke Road in Weymouth at the Purbeck Close junction has been fixed.

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WEATHER LATEST:

Another yellow 'be aware' weather warning for heavy rain has been issued by the Met Office for the South West.

The weather warning is expected to last until 9am Thursday morning.

A Met Office spokesperson said: "Periods of heavy rain will affect parts of south west England during the latter half of Wednesday, clearing quickly on Thursday morning.

"The public should be aware of the potential for further disruption from flooding, or the delay in recovery from existing flooding in the locations which have been affected recently."

 

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TRAVEL UPDATES: 

  • Flooding remains on the A35 in Winterbourne Abbas between the Longland's Lane junction and the B3159 junction
  • Roadworks are causing delays on the A35 Barrack Road in both directions in Christchurch between the Portfield Road junction and The Grove junction
  • There's slow traffic due to roadworks on the A354 Weymouth Way into town in Weymouth between Manor Roundabout and Radipole Roundabout
  • There is flooding on B3159 Church Street in Upwey between the Stottingway Street junction and the Watery Lane junction
  • The road to Wimborne St Giles in Monkton Up Wimborne is closed between the A354 junction and the Bottlebush Lane junction, because of flooding.
  • The road to Gussage St Andrew in Cashmoor is closed from the A354 junction, because of flooding
  • Stoke Road in Beaminster blocked near the Stoke Abbott junction, because of a landslip
  • There is flooding on The Moor in Puddletown between the A35 junction and the High Street junction
  • Flooding on Nottington Lane in Nottington around the B3159 Dorchester Road junction

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Here are some updates from our reporter Jo Davis who is currently on Portland:


 

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Main Road in Tarrant Gunville is closed at the Tarrant Gunville junction, because of flooding.

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TRAFFIC UPDATE:

The Buckhorn Weston Bridge in Buckhorn Weston is closed near the Church Hill junction, because of flooding.

The road is just passable on B3081 in Sixpenny Handley at the Dean Lane junction, because of flooding. Approach with care. This is also affecting Dean Lane between Sixpenny Handley and Broad Chalke.

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We're getting a lot of photos sent in via our Facebook page of concern over Chesil Beach.

Chris Buckley sent us in the one below with the caption 'where's the beach gone?'

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Gail Price sent this one in below and said: "The beach has gone. This was taken at Chesil Beach near The Quiggles Cafe."

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The B3075 South Causeway in Wareham has now re-opened between the A351 junction and the Nutcrack Lane junction. It was previously closed because of flooding earlier.

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Dorset Waste Partnership crews are focused on delivering sandbags in North Dorset.

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WEATHER UPDATES:

Flooding on A35 in Winterbourne Abbas between the Longland's Lane junction and the B3159 junction.

Flooding on B3159 Church Street in Upwey between the Stottingway Street junction and the Watery Lane junction.

B3145 New Road in Sherborne blocked at the Gas House Hill junction, because of a landslip.

B3075 South Causeway in Wareham closed between the A351 junction and the Nutcrack Lane junction, because of flooding.

 

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West Stafford by pass is now OPEN, flooding has subsided

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DORSET Police are urging motorists, including people who own 4x4 vehicles, to avoid driving through floodwater.
A spokesman for Dorset Police said: “Large vehicles, like 4x4s, have been driving quickly through floodwater and diverting it into properties.
“This has caused further flooding to properties, particularly in Charminster, Dorchester and the Cerne area.
“This should be avoided by not driving into floodwater if possible.
“Please be considerate and take your time in these bad weather conditions.”

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The Environment Agency has also issued flood warnings for the South Winterbourne Valley,

This includes Winterbourne Abbas, Winterbourne Steepleton, Martinstown or Winterbourne St Martin, Winterbourne Monkton, Winterbourne Herringston and Winterbourne Came.

Groundwater levels in the South Winterbourne Valley are rising steadily following the heavy rain of the last couple of weeks.

With further rainfall forecast for the next few days the level is expected to rise further.

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Remember the Environment Agency has issued flood warnings for local rivers including:

Upper Frome from Maiden Newton to Dorchester covering areas in Maiden Newton, Higher Frome Vauchurch, Frome Vauchurch, Cruxton, Notton, Frampton, Grimstone, Muckleford, Stratton, Bradford Peverell, Wrackleford, Charminster, Frome Whitfield, Wolfeton, Lower Burton and Cokers Frome.

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A352 North Street in Charminster re-opened between the A37 junction and Charlton Down, because of flooding earlier.

 

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This picture was sent to us by Lisa Fortino of a stormy sea at Preston Beach in Weymouth yesterday.

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Thanks to Bridget Betts from the Dorset Coast Forum for this picture of workers trying to unblock the sea defence drain at Chesil Cove.

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Floodwater remains on Dorset roads this morning. These are the affected routes.

A352 North Street Charminster, both ways between A37 and Herrison Road

A352 Dorset - A352 North Street in Charminster closed between the A37 junction and Charlton Down, because of flooding.

A35 Winterbourne Abbas, both ways between Longland's Lane and B3159

A35 Dorset - Flooding on A35 in Winterbourne Abbas between the Longland's Lane junction and the B3159 junction

A352 East Knighton, both ways at Water Lane

A352 Dorset - Flooding on A352 in East Knighton around the Water Lane junction.

A354 Salisbury Road Pimperne, both ways between Yarde Lane and Chapel Lane

A354 Dorset - Flooding on A354 Salisbury Road in Pimperne between the Yarde Lane junction and Farquahson Arms.

B3075 South Causeway Wareham, both ways between A351 and Nutcrack Lane

B3075 Dorset - B3075 South Causeway in Wareham closed between the A351 junction and the Nutcrack Lane junction, because of flooding.

B3145 New Road Sherborne, both ways at Gas House Hill

B3145 Dorset - B3145 New Road in Sherborne blocked at the Gas House Hill junction, because of a landslip.

B3159 Church Street Upwey, both ways between Stottingway Street and Watery Lane

B3159 Dorset - Flooding on B3159 Church Street in Upwey between the Stottingway Street junction and the Watery Lane junction.

B3162 North Allington Bridport, both ways between Allington Mead and Pymore Lane

B3162 Dorset - B3162 North Allington in Bridport partially blocked in both directions between the Allington Mead junction and the Pymore Lane junction, because of a landslip.

Whatcombe Road Dorset, both ways between A354 Blandford Hill and Dunbury Lane

Dorset - Flooding on Whatcombe Road between Winterborne Whitechurch and Winterborne Stickland.

Rook Lane Dorset, both ways between A354 Dorchester Hill and West Street

Flooding on Rook Lane between Winterborne Whitechurch and Winterborne Kingston.

The Moor Puddletown, both ways between A35 and High Street

Flooding on The Moor in Puddletown between the A35 junction and the High Street junction.

Beach Road Burton Bradstock, both ways at B3157 Common Lane

Flooding on Beach Road in Burton Bradstock at the B3157 Common Lane junction.

Cox's Lane Long Bredy, both ways at Abbotsbury Lane

Flooding on Cox's Lane in Long Bredy at the Abbotsbury Lane junction.

High Street Tarrant Monkton, both ways at Turner's Lane

High Street in Tarrant Monkton blocked near the Turner's Lane junction, because of flooding.

Herringston Road Winterborne Herringston, both ways at South Winterborne River. Herringston Road in Winterborne Herringston blocked near the South Winterborne River junction, because of flooding.

Nottington Lane Nottington, both ways at B3159 Dorchester Road. Flooding on Nottington Lane in Nottington around the B3159 Dorchester Road junction.

Milton Road Milborne St Andrew, both ways at A354 The Square

Flooding on Milton Road in Milborne St Andrew around the A354 The Square junction.

West Stafford Bypass Dorchester, both ways at A352

Flooding on West Stafford Bypass in Dorchester near the A352 junction.

Stoke Road Beaminster, both ways at Stoke Abbott

Stoke Road in Beaminster blocked near the Stoke Abbott junction, because of a landslip.

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Flood warnings are in place for two hours from high tide at 11pm tonight at Chiswell and Preston Beach.

There is also a flood alert in place for West Dorset's rivers and streams.

The Environment Agency's Floodline is 0845 988 1188 or follow @EnvAgencySW

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There has been a landslip at New Road in Sherborne, which is blocking the road.

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Just had a look at the weather forecast for later in the week and we may see some sunshine on Thursday, Friday and Saturday! Sadly tomorrow still has rain showers forecast.

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Heavy rain here in Weymouth.

Please remember to send us your weather pictures via email at newsdesk@dorsetecho.co.uk

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Thanks to Georgie Butler, who sent in these pictures of her mother in law Jan Butler paddling in a kayak down Milton Road in Milborne St Andrew.

The water was about knee deep.

 

 

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Flooding on these roads:

 

South causeway, Wareham, closed because of flooding.

Flooding  in East Knighton around the Water Lane junction.

Flooding on West Stafford Bypass

Herringston Road in Winterborne Herringston flooded and clocked near the South Winterborne River junction

North Street, Charminster closed between the A37 junction and Charlton Down- due to flooding

Flooding on Church Street in Upwey

Nottington Lane is also flooded by the junction to Dorchester Road

Flooding at Winterbourne Abbas near the Longland's Lane junction

Cox's Lane in long Bredy is also experiencing flooding

Flooding at Beach Road in Burton Bradstock

 

And there is a fallen tree at Litton Cheney

 

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Flooding pictures still coming in - here's some incredible shots from Paul Newman of waves at Portland Bill today

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4:31pm

THE Environment Agency stepped down its flood warnings for residents in Weymouth and Portland.

The warnings have been reduced from Severe Flood Warning to Flood Warning for both Preston Beach and Chiswell tonight.

The warning will be in place for two hours after high tide at 11pm.

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: “The previously issued Severe Flood Warning has been downgraded.”

Rest centers at Wey Valley School and the Portland Heights Hotel will be put on standby, but authorities said they will not be activated unless necessary.

The Met Office has issued further yellow weather warnings for rain for the early hours of tomorrow morning and then from 12noon tomorrow till 9am Thursday.

They say there could be periods of heavy rain affecting the area, but they should clear by Thursday morning.

4:20pm

Adam Paul sent in this picture of flooded fields around the River Frome near Woodsford and Tincleton

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Tom Reynolds of Kingston Maurward sent in these pictures of flooding around the college and Lower Bockhampton

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Colin Fountain sent us these pictures of flooding in Wareham

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Reader Diana McKendrick sent us this picture of waves crashing at Pulpit Rock, Portland Bill today.

Send your storm and flood pictures to newsdesk@dorsetecho.co.uk

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2:53pm

Cindy-Lee Noble, 57, and son Ben Weeratunge, 32, live on Clements lane, opposite the Cove Inn, on Portland.

They said the evacuation sirens on Monday night were a scary experience.

Cindy added: "We felt safe however because of the presence of the Environment Agency and police.

"As we were walking back home from the Cove cottages about 10pm the sirens sounded."

She added that when they got back to the house they felt prepared the sirens and began to move all expensive and sentimental items to higher ground.

Cindy said: "We had to move all expensive and sentimental items upstairs and I thought to myself 'they're only objects - safety is more important'.

"We stayed upstairs until sunrise but then it was time to come downstairs, put the wellies back on and assess the damage.

"Luckily nothing was damaged and no water came in due to the sandbags we had, which we are thankful for.

"Everyone on the street was looking out their windows in the morning to one another and putting their thumbs up to signal that everything was ok.

"Today marks exactly a year since we moved here from London and before the sirens we went up to the Cove cottages to celebrate.

"You could see the strength of the waves from up there which were actually fantastic.

"It was a scary experience but exciting at the same time - we're just relieved that no real serious damage took place on the island."

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Jo Drake-Leake has just sent in this picture of dramatic skies over Easton Parish Church on Portland yesterday.

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The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for Dorset for the rest of today and tomorrow.

The warning reads: "Heavy showers will become less frequent for a time through Tuesday afternoon but more prolonged rain is likely to affect some southeastern counties of England overnight into the early hours of Wednesday.

"The public should be aware of the risk of further localised flooding, especially in areas which have been affected in recent days."

12:44pm

Tara Cox just spoke to this family watching waves at Chiswell.

Mark Bird, 44 and Mary Lyte, 31 both live on Portland and were at Chesil Cove watching the waves before high tide this morning.

Mary said: "We live just down the road from the inn and in the five years I've lived here I've never seen the waves as bad as this."
 

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12:37pm

Here's a video of the flooding by Finnbarr Webster

12:25pm

Reader Jo Drake-Leake, of Portland, got these pictures of Chesil Beach from West Cliff this morning

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12:21pm

Reporter Joanna Davis who is on the scene said a small crowd of people has gathered outside the Cove House Inn taking photos of the giant waves.

12:20pm

Andy Searle, of Dorset County Council, is monitoring the height of the waves along with a colleague stationed at Ferry Bridge.

He said: "If the waves appear to be breaching the sea defences, we will contact the county council who will order the closure of Portland Beach Road."

 

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Stoke Road in Beaminster  is BLOCKED near the Stoke Abbott junction, because of a landslip.

White Way in Litton Cheney is BLOCKED between the Litton Cheney junction and the A35 Dorchester Road junction, because of a fallen tree.

B3162 North Allington in Bridport PARTIALLY BLOCKED in both directions between the Allington Mead junction and the Pymore Lane junction, because of a landslip.

12:01pm

Here's the latest on the roads in South and West Dorset

  • Portland Beach Road and Preston Beach Road are OPEN
  • The A352 North Street in Charminster is CLOSED between the A37 junction and Charlton Down, because of flooding.
  • The B3075 South Causeway in Wareham is CLOSED between the A351 junction and the Nutcrack Lane junction, because of flooding.

There's also flooding on the following roads:

  • B3159 Church Street in Upwey between the Stottingway Street junction and the Watery Lane junction.
  • Beach Road in Burton Bradstock at the B3157 Common Lane junction.
  • Cox's Lane in Long Bredy at the Abbotsbury Lane junction.
  • The Moor in Puddletown between the A35 junction and the High Street junction.
  • West Stafford Bypass in Dorchester near the A352 junction
  • Rectory Road in Piddlehinton at the B3143 High Street junction.
  • Nottington Lane in Nottington around the B3159 Dorchester Road junction.

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Landladies of The Cove Inn Amanda Brought-South, left and Jackie Breakspear

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Tara Cox has just sent in this comment from an Environment Agency worker at the scene.

John Holmes from the Environment Agency said Portland Beach Road is 'very unlikely' to be closed today but will be monitored by the Highways Agency tonight.

He added: "The factor now is more to do with the time period between the waves which is estimated to be 16 or 17 seconds this evening."
 

11:41am

The dramatic conditions on Portland have been getting national media attention

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Dorset Echo photographer Finnbarr got these pictures of waves battering the sea defences at Chiswell this morning.

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BREAKING: The Environment Agency have confirmed that Portland Beach Road will not be shut on this tide. They will continue to monitor the situation this afternoon and tonight.

11:32am

Here's a picture of Rhys Davey by our photographer Finnbarr Webster

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11:29am

Rhys Davey, who lives on Portland, campaigned for several years to get the sea defences put in place at Chiswell.

He said: "I'm delighted with the result. Before September 13, 1978, when they were put in place, if this had happened the area would have been devestated by the sea water.

"This is a really good result."

11:24am

18 members of the south West RNLI Flood Rescue Team were deployed to Dorset overnight to join a multi-agency reaction to rising water levels. The group of trained volunteers from the charity were based at Christchurch Fire Station but travelled as far as Wimborne St Giles and north of Chichester to make sure people were safe.

At one stage during the night the water levels near Chichester doubled in the space of just 20 minutes, flowing at high speed.  The RNLI volunteers who make up the south west Flood Rescue Team joined members of other emergency services to ensure the safety of local people. 

Tom Mansell is the Flood Rescue Team Manager in the south west.

He said: ‘We were called to make sure people were safe and accounted for in the treacherous conditions. This involved wading through the rising water which was running at speed so our training was vital, but we were able to play our part in providing the community with multi-agency protection. Fortunately everyone was accounted for and we were able to return to our base.’

The south west RNLI Flood Rescue Team, which is sponsored by Toolstation of Bridgwater in Somerset, is made up of volunteers from across the charity. Amongst those who responded last night were volunteers from Looe, Rock and Saltash in Cornwall, Dartmouth in Devon, Lyme Regis, Swanage, Weymouth and the RNLI Headquarters in Poole, Dorset, Portsmouth, Calshot and Lymington in Hampshire. 

At present the team are still at Christchurch fire station.
 

Here's a picture of the team taken by the RNLI. From left to right, Tom Mansell, RNLI Flood Team Manager, Chris Tracey from Dart lifeboat station, James Batters from Rock lifeboat station and Dave Jackman from Looe lifeboat station.

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Val Reynolds of Tarrant Hinton has just called to say the road through the village is badly flooded and people should avoid the area.

11:13am

Reporter Tara Cox has just sent this update from South Dorset MP Richard Drax.

 

Speaking at the Cove House Inn, Mr Drax said: "I would like to pay tribute to the two landladies here who have done an excellent job.

"The Environment Agency have also been brilliant.

"I would also like to give my sympathies to those who have been flooded and I hope they are OK.

"A huge thank you to Portland Heights Hotel who put residents who had been flooded up last night.

"Unfortunately one thing we cannot predict is the weather and I hope that it begins to get better.

"In situations like this there's always a real sense of unity on the island and everyone clubs together to support one another."

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11:10am

The Environment Agency has just told our reporter on scene Joanna Davis that no decision has been made yet on whether or not to close Portland Beach Road.

It is high tide and the area is expected to be declared safe two hours after high tide. The EA will continue to monitor the situation until then.

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council's parks department has also sent two workers to provide support and reassurance for residents.

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Here’s the latest on all roads affected across the county by the floods:

  • A352 North Street Charminster, both ways between A37 and Herrison Road
  • A35 Winterbourne Abbas, both ways between Longland's Lane and B3159
  • A352 East Knighton, both ways at Water Lane
  • A354 Salisbury Road Pimperne, both ways between Yarde Lane and Chapel Lane
  • Beach Road Burton Bradstock, both ways at B3157 Common Lane
  • B3159 Church Street Upwey, both ways between Stottingway Street and Watery Lane
  • B3075 South Causeway Wareham, both ways between A351 and Nutcrack Lane
  • B3081 Tollard Royal, both ways at Oakley Lane
  • B3082 East Street Blandford Forum, both ways at Damory Street
  • B3145 New Road Sherborne, both ways at Gas House Hill
  • B3155 Preston Beach Road Weymouth, both ways between Bowleaze Coveway and B3155 The Esplanade
  • B3347 Stony Lane Christchurch, both ways between A35 Christchurch By-Pass and Martins Hill Lane
  • Cox's Lane Long Bredy, both ways at Abbotsbury Lane
  • Clenston Road Winterborne Stickland, both ways at Dunbury Lane
  • The Road to Wimborne St Giles Monkton Up Wimborne, both ways between A354 and Bottlebush Lane
  • The Road to Gussage St Andrew Cashmoor, both ways at A354
  • High Street Tarrant Monkton, both ways at Turner's Lane
  • White Way Litton Cheney, both ways between Litton Cheney and A35 Dorchester Road
  • Avon Causeway Hurn, both ways between Matchams Lane and B3347
  • Mudeford Lane Christchurch, both ways at West View Road
  • Stoke Road Beaminster, both ways at Stoke Abbott
  • Rectory Road Piddlehinton, both ways at B3143 High Street
  • Nottington Lane Nottington, both ways at B3159 Dorchester Road
  • The Moor Puddletown, both ways between A35 and High Street
  • Stapehill Road Ferndown, both ways between B3073 Ham Lane and Wimborne Road West
  • Milton Road Milborne St Andrew, both ways at A354 The Square
  • West Stafford Bypass Dorchester, both ways at A352
  • Herringston Road Winterborne Herringston, both ways at South Winterborne River
     

10:58am

Landladies at the Cove House Inn, Amanda Broughton-South and Jackie Breakspear, said the inn is open for business today and this evening.

They hope the severe weather, especially last night isn't a sign of worse things to come.

Amanda added: "We were flooded outside but luckily not inside last night.

"The evacuation sirens went off approximately 10.15pm just after high tide.

"The environment agency and Dorset Police have even excellent over the past few days - we cannot thank them enough.

"We made the decision to close the pub last night and headed upstairs as soon as the sirens went off.

"It was a very scary experience and luckily the cove inn wasn't flooded inside.Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

"The beach was stopping a certain amount of the water and the sea wall defences helped a huge amount."
 

10:52am

Our reporter Joanna Davis has just sent us this picture of the conditions at Chiswell

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

10:52am

10:51am

Ian Morgen from the Environment Agency has confirmed Chiswell is just a few minutes away from high tide.

He said: "The spray has picked up and the beach is filling up with water. We've got some big waves coming in now.

"We're just going to have to wait and see what happens."

Extra staff from the Environment Agency have been drafted in and a South Western Ambulance is also on scene as a precautionary measure.

Authorities are still discussing whether it is necessary to close the causeway.

10:45am

Anne Souste, of Brandy Row, was mopping up this morning after flood water two inches deep came into her home overnight.

She said: "We were given the option of evacuating but this cottage has been here since the 1600s so we decided to stay.

"We did not think there was any real danger. The only damage it has done is to the carpet."

She added: "I think the major worry was the idiots who were going up to the sea wall to look at it.

"There were a lot of them and the police had to get involved.

"I have lived here for 14 years and this is the worst I have ever seen it."

10:39am

The Environment Agency are deciding whether or not to close Portland Beach Road again this morning with high tide approaching.

10:36am

Our reporter Joanna Davis, who is reporting from Portland this morning just sent this:

Environment Agency field team member Ian Morgen is at the scene with two other members of the EA. They will be staying until at least high tide this morning, which is forecast at 10.50am.

He said: "This is one of the worst storms we have ever seen.

"It has been exceptional weather."

Residents have praised the response from emergency services and the EA.

Mr Morgen added: "We have had a lot of positive feedback from people. I think they realise this is a really exceptional event and we are pleased everyone is safe and well."

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

10:05am

Dorset Police have just issued this warning:

Severe flood warnings remain in place for Chiswell on Portland and Preston Beach Road in Weymouth today, Tuesday 7 January 2014.

This follows an assessment of the impact of the forecasted weather, tides and waves of these coastal areas.

Chiswell on Portland

Dorset Police and partners continue to advise residents and workers in Chiswell to be prepared for flooding and to listen out for the siren. The siren will be sounded should the sea breach Chiswell beach – as it did last night. 

The siren indicates that flooding will be severe with extreme risk to people and property. If the siren sounds, you should take family and pets to a room upstairs away from the seaward side of the building. Take your flood kit with you and stay there until you are told that it is safe to come downstairs. This could be a few hours later.

If in the event of the siren sounding this is not possible, consider:

1) Moving to alternative accommodation not in the flood risk area

2) Going to the designated rest centre at the Portland Heights Hotel, Yeates roundabout, Portland

Full advice about what to do when at the risk of flooding, can be found on www.environment-agency.com.

If residents evacuate, they are advised to:

• Leave in good time
• Take all essential medication with you
• Secure your property

If residents have evacuated, they are strongly advised not to return to their properties under any circumstances until they have been told that it is safe to do so.

Portland Beach Road from Weymouth to Portland remains open at this time but will close should the conditions make it unsafe.

South West Ambulance and health services are available on the island. Members of the public are advised to use the Minor Injuries Unit in the first instance – in an emergency dial 999. The Coastguard and NPAS helicopters are available should a medical evacuation be needed. 

A two-way diversion will be put in place via Fortuneswell if the road is closed.

Preston Beach Road, Weymouth

Preston Beach Road in Weymouth has been closed and will remain closed until is safe to be re-opened. A diversion will be put in place via Littlemoor. Motorists are advised not to ignore the road closure signs.

Occupants of properties at risk of flooding who have concerns or are unsure what to do should contact the Environment Agency on 0845 988 1188, visit their website www.environment-agency.gov.uk or call the emergency services on 999 if urgent.

This is a multi-agency operation and follows monitoring of sea levels, tides and waves over the last 24 hour period, the weather forecast indicating further severe weather together with predicted high tides.
 

9:59am

Borough Councillor Sandra West, who represents Underhill on Portland said the islanders are a 'stoic' people who are pulling together in the crisis.

She said: "It was very wild last night but the sea defences obviously did their job.

"I've lived here for more than 40 years and it's one of the worst storms I've seen."

She added: "Like a lot of people who live further up, I offered to take some people in and give them a cup of tea. I think the community really came together."

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9:44am

PALMERS Brewery in Bridport was struck by lightning during this morning's thunderstorm - the second time in 12 months.
The brewery's building on South Street, the only thatched-roof brewery in the United Kingdom, was hit just after 8am this morning which lead to a full evacuation of the staff from the premises.
Darren Batten, the head brewer at Palmers Brewery said: “We were hit just after 8am this morning. There was a massive hail storm and a massive bang and a flash of light, and then the alarms started sounding, so we had to evacuate into the rain.
“There has been no damage to the building, and thankfully nobody is injured. We think the lightning hit the scaffolding on the end of the Malt House building, which is our biggest storage area which is where all the sensors are which started the alarms.
“We are brewing today as well, but it didn't really affect the brewing process because we just turned it off then started it up again after.”
The brewery did call the fire brigade after the incident, but two of the staff are also retained firefighters and after they conducted their initial checks, the brewery cancelled the fire brigade once everyone's safety was ensured.
The building was previously hit by lighting in May 2013. Mr Batten added: “It's the second time in a year it has happened, lightning really does strike twice.”

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And after...read the full story here
 

9:29am

The storm's have destroyed an ancient rock stack on Portland. Stuart Morris tweeted these before and after pics:
 
 
 

9:28am

 

 Heavy traffic on A35 westbound in Puddletown Forest from Troy town turn off to Stinsford roundabout.

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9:23am

Just a reminder that the severe weather warnings from the Environment Agency will be in place until 12.15pm this afternoon at Chiswell on Portland and Preston Beach Road in Weymouth.

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High tide due at 11am at Chiswell this morning. Environment Agency staff on scene but say it is unlikely to be as bad as last night.

9:15am

A352 in Charminster still closed between the A37 junction and Charlton Down, because of flooding.

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9:04am

Travel latest:

Portland Beach Road and Preston Beach Road both open.

Flooding on The Moor in Puddletown between the A35 junction and the High Street junction.

Flooding on Rectory Road in Piddlehinton at the B3143 High Street junction.

Flooding on Nottington Lane in Nottington around the B3159 Dorchester Road junction.

Stop-start traffic on A31 in Wimborne Minster at Canford Bottom Roundabout.

Stoke Road in Beaminster blocked near the Stoke Abbott junction, because of a landslip.

Flooding on Milton Road in Milborne St Andrew around the A354 The Square junction.

Flooding on West Stafford Bypass in Dorchester near the A352 junction.

Flooding on A354 Salisbury Road in Pimperne between the Yarde Lane junction and Farquahson Arms.

Flooding on A352 in East Knighton around the Water Lane junction.

Flooding on B3347 Stony Lane in Burton, Christchurch between the A35 Christchurch Bypass junction and the Footners Lane junction.

Flooding on Clenston Road in Winterborne Stickland near the Dunbury Lane junction.

 

7:50am

There is still flooding on Nottington Lane in Nottington, Weymouth, around the Dorchester Road junction.

7:49am

The A352 in Charminster remains closed between the A37 junction and Charlton Down because of flooding.

7:48am

White Way in Litton Cheney is blocked between the Litton Cheney junction and the A35 Dorchester Road junction because of a fallen tree.

7:20am

Both Portland Beach Road and Preston Beach Road have been re-opened, a Dorset Police spokesman said.

12:50am

Report from Portland Coastguard about incidents this evening at Chesil Cove, Portland.

A spokesman said at 8.48pm Portland Bill Coastguards were scrambled following a report of reflective tape in the water at Chesil Cove, Portland, in 'horrendous sea conditions.'  Coastguard helicopter from Lee-on-Solent was also scrambled and confirmed the object was an inverted liferaft.  No one was with the raft and no identification has yet been made.  Although the raft is washing ashore, conditions are too dangerous to recover it. Inquiries are ongoing.

At 11pm Portland Bill Coastguard, already on scene at Chesil Cove due to the above incident, responded to a Dorset Police report of a man who had run onto the beach. Police apprehended the man.

A few minutes later, a member of public at Chesil Cove, Portland, reported lights in the water. Portland Bill Coastguards investigated and confirmed that the lights were those of vessels anchored in Lyme Bay.

A Portland Coastguard spokesman said: "Severe flood warnings are in place for Chiswell, Portland and Preston Beach Road.

"The sea state is severe enough on Portland that the criteria has been met and warning sirens were sounded at 10.30pm.

"Residents have either evacuated or taken to upper floors facing away from the sea.

"The Preston Beach Road is closed with waves overtopping.  All services are working together to ensure safety of life and are monitoring the situation."

Our reporter on the scene confirms Portland Beach Road remains closed at this time due to flooding.

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10:54pm

Closure in place at Portland Beach Road

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

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Sirens have sounded at Chiswell, Portland.

The siren indicates that flooding will be severe with extreme risk to people and property. If the siren sounds, you should take family and pets to a room upstairs away from the seaward side of the building. Take your flood kit with you and stay there until you are told that it is safe to come downstairs. This could be a few hours later.

10:33pm

Portland Beach Road is being closed for safety reasons due to the risk of tidal flooding

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10:29pm

The Portland Coastguard helicopter has been scrambled after reports of an object in the sea off Portland, possibly a liferaft.

A spokesman said: "We're currently making investigations.

"An object resembling a lifearft was spotted by a person on the shore.

"We're trying to figure out where it is and what it is.

"Portland Bill Coastguard Team are on shore assisting."

 

10:11pm

Meanwhile at Preston Beach, the Environment Agency says peak water levels and waves are expected between 9pm and midnight.

10:09pm

Police officers, together with workers from Weymouth and Portland Borough Council have been knocking on doors in Chiswell, Portland and offering advice and giving out sandbags.

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:
High water is at 10.20pm with the houses in Chiswell most at risk in the three hours before and at high tide itself.
The beach road remains open but it is most vulnerable to flooding after the high tide.
Chief Inspector Richard Bell said officers were urging people to stay away from the sea wall.
He said that officers were advising people to be prepared and to make an action plan in case the siren sounded.
If the siren sounds it will signal imminent threat of flooding and people should put into place their action plan.

Chief Insp Bell, pictured below, said that if people would be happier at the rest centre at the Heights Hotel if the siren went off then they were being advised to go now.

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

The Heights Hotel was set up with tea and coffee and cakes but no one had gone up there by 10pm. Most people chose to stay in their homes.
Despite the warnings there were a number of people by the sea wall close to the Cove House Inn.

Chiswell residents took precautions, putting out sandbags and putting up flood shutters.
Residents Boots Coman said: "The garage doors are barricaded. We have special bolts that go across. If it looks bad I'll put flood boards at the front."

9:44pm

Sandbags going out at Chiswell

Causeway is still open

9:42pm

Police and Environment Agency workers have been visiting more than 100 properties in Chiswell, giving advice to residents and ensuring they have a plan. They want to avoid people fleeing their homes at the last minute. Householders are not being told to evacuate but it is recommended they go to the rest centre at Portland Heights Hotel or go to stay with people they know elsewhere if they cannot go upstairs in the event the sirens go off. Most people are opting to stay at home. No residents have gone to the rest centre.

Landlady of The Little Ship in Victoria Square Lynda Davis said: "I had a visit from the police and council just now. They said if I wanted to evacuate I could but they weren't telling me I had to go.

"I'm just going to wait and see what happens. High tide is at 10.30pm. It's probably going to be the same as Friday night when huge waves were expected but in the end nothing happened except for the beach road being closed for a short time."

8:50pm

Dorset Police have issued a revised statement about severe flood warnings at Chiswell on Portland – the advice given about residents’ actions in case of the siren sounding has been amended.

The advice if the siren sounds is not to evacuate but to take family and pets to a room upstairs away from the seaward side of the building. Take your flood kit with you and stay there until you are told that it is safe to come downstairs. This could be a few hours later.

If people cannot move upstairs they should now consider:

1) Moving to alternative accommodation not in the flood risk area

2) Going to the designated rest centre at the Portland Heights Hotel, Yeates roundabout, Portland

Full advice about what to do when at the risk of flooding, can be found on www.environment-agency.com

If residents evacuate, they are advised to:

• Leave in good time
• Take all essential medication with you
• Secure your property

If residents have evacuated, they are strongly advised not to return to their properties under any circumstances until they have been told that it is safe to do so.

8:11pm

The Causeway is still open between Weymouth and Portland

8:09pm

Chiswell resident Rebecca Meanwell said she had been keeping an eye on the weather and waves from her house.
She said:"If I see the waves coming over the barrier I will make my way to higher ground."
She added that the Environment Agency had called residents to let them know about the flood warning.

 

7:56pm

Roads update:

Preston Beach Road in Weymouth has been closed as planned

Portland Beach Road remains open but the situation is being monitored

Other roads affected by flooding include the A352 at Charminster, the A352 at East Knighton, the B3143 at Piddlehinton and the A354 at Pimperne, near Blandford

6:53pm

Tackling flooding should be a national priority, according to the National Flood Forum - a charity dedicated to supporting and representing flood risk communities.

Making flooding a national priority means effort at every level to achieve solutions that work for communities.  Solutions that don’t just address the consequences of yesterday’s flood, but make communities ready for tomorrow’s flood.

Chairman of the National Flood Forum, Charles Tucker said: “With joined-up thinking, you invest in communities to develop resilience and prepare for future flooding. You invest in a national effort, requiring the agencies responsible for flood risk management to work with local people, equipping them to tackle local flooding problems.  You give local communities the tools to find solutions themselves.

“Tackling flooding should be a national priority. Government needs to harness all the resources available in a co-ordinated way to halt the relentless increase in flooding misery.”

6:35pm

South Street in Bridport has now reopened and the Christmas lights have been removed. A cordon remains around the affected building.

5:18pm

The Environment Agency is forecasting severe flood warnings for Chiswell on Portland and Preston Beach Road in Weymouth from 7pm tonight.

This follows an assessment of the impact of the forecasted weather, tides and waves of these coastal areas.

Chiswell

Dorset Police and partners are advising residents of Chiswell to be prepared for flooding – with leaflets being distributed to all properties in the area that are at risk by officers and volunteers. Occupants are being verbally advised to follow one of the three options below:

1. Move to the upper floors and stay in rooms that face away from the sea.
2. If possible – move to alternative accommodation not in the flood risk area
3. Go to the designated rest centre at the Portland Heights Hotel, Yeates roundabout, Portland.

An abbreviated version of the leaflet being distributed is attached. Full advice about what to do when at the risk of flooding, can be found on www.environment-agency.com.

Should the sea breach Chiswell Beach a siren will sound and residents will be required to evacuate their properties.

If residents evacuate, they are advised to:

• Leave in good time
• Take all essential medication with you
• Secure your property

Residents are strongly advised not to return to their properties under any circumstances until they have been told that it is safe to do so.

Portland Beach Road from Weymouth to Portland remains open at this time but will close should the conditions make it unsafe. Residents working away from the island are advised to return to those properties not at risk of flooding as soon as possible. Wessex 4x4 – a volunteer organisation – will be at hand to help those who are unable to cross and who critically need to return home. If a number of people become stranded on the mainland, a rest centre will be provided at the Wey Valley School.

South West Ambulance and health services will be available on the island and plans are in place to evacuate emergency health cases by air using the Coastguard and NPAS helicopters if required.


Preston Beach Road, Weymouth

Preston Beach Road in Weymouth will be closed at 7pm tonight and will remain closed overnight. A diversion will be put in place via Littlemoor. Motorists are advised not to ignore the road closure signs.

The Wey Valley School will be available as a rest centre for those residents who wish to leave their property however they are not being advised to evacuate at this time.

Occupants of properties at risk of flooding who have concerns or are unsure what to do should contact the Environment Agency on 0845 988 1188, visit their website www.environment-agency.gov.uk or call the emergency services on 999 if urgent.

 

4:38pm

FIREFIGHTERS are dealing with an incident in South Street, Bridport, as Christmas tree lights strung across the street are pulling on the building and believed to be making it unsafe.
Police have sealed off South Street to traffic and pedestrians.
Town clerk Bob Gillis said the string of lights across South Street needed to be made safe.
People were urged to clear the streets and not to leave adjacent buildings while the emergency services assessed the situation.
Surveyor Andrew Butler, whose offices are in the affected building at the junction with Gundry Lane, said that they had noticed the problem earlier this afternoon.
"Because of the high winds, the string of lights which is attached to the building, started to pull away the skin of the building.
"We are working on normally, but the danger is that another gust of wind could pull down pieces of masonry."
Bridport Town Surveyor Daryl Chambers said a cherry-picker was awaited in order to take down the lights and scaffolding would be needed to assess the building.

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3:39pm

Portland coastguards have said that Preston Beach Road will be closed from 7pm and be closed overnight in preparation for the bad weather.

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3:25pm

Severe flood warnings have been issued for Preston Beach and Chiswell on Portland from 7pm tonight until 2am tomorrow.

The Environment Agency said: "Peak water levels and waves are expected between 21:00 and midnight.

"At Preston Beach flooding may already be affecting properties, low lying areas and roads. There may be significant spray and shingle overtopping affecting the coast road. The time and date of the forecast high water for which this SEVERE Flood Warning is in force is: 22:30 (Local time) on 06/01/2014 (22:30 GMT)."

 

There is a severe flood warning for Chiswell for the same time period.

The Environment Agency said: "The Causeway between Portland and Wyke Regis may be impassable and may be closed as a precaution.

"Dangerous wave overtopping including shingle is possible. The time and date of the forecast high waters for which this Flood Warning is in force are 21:45 (Local time) on 06/01/2014 (21:45 GMT) Please listen for the sound of the Flood Warning sirens which will be sounded IF wave overtopping occurs at Chiswell."

 

 

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2:48pm

Sam Hallatt sent us these pictures of the River Cerne at Charminster.

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2:36pm

Here's a picture of Milton Road in Milborne St Andrew, from Michelle Hamon.

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2:15pm

Here's the latest on the roads. Take care out there.

 

A352 in Charminster is blocked in both directions between the A37 junction and Charlton Down, because of flooding.
 

And the A354 at Blandford Hill - Milborne St Andrew, is blocked in both directions between the Lane End junction in Milborne St Andrew and the junction in Blandford Forum, because of flooding.

2:08pm

Thanks to the air crew from Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance for this picture.

It is the view from their air base on Sunday morning, before the latest bad weather hit.

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

2:05pm

Here is the latest from the Met office regarding a further yellow weather warning for rain tomorrow.

A spokesman said: "Heavy showers, some of them combined with hail and thunder, will continue to affect parts of southern and southeastern England at times through the rest of Monday and Tuesday.

"This warning has been extended northwards to cover some additional vulnerable counties.

"The public should be aware of the risk of further localised flooding, especially in areas which have been affected in recent days."

1:40pm

1:39pm

Here are some shots sent in by Sam McCartney of Moreton Woods yesterday afternoon.

The footbridge is under water.

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

And another....

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1:38pm

Firefighters are urging people not to drive into flood water. They say that even 30cm is enough to float a car.

This picture is taken from an earlier incident at Tarrant Monkton.

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

12:42pm

The A352 in Charminster is blocked in both directions between the A37 junction and Charlton Down, because of flooding.

12:12pm

Another spectacular photo by Dom Tancock, this one showing waves crashing over West Bay pier this morning.

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

12:09pm

Giant waves are crashing onto Hive Beach at Burton Bradstock. Thanks to reader Dom Tancock for this photo.Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

12:02pm

Thanks to reader Martin Lake for this picture of a flooded River Cerne, along Mill Lane in Charminster

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11:49am

This picture shows the extent of the water in this field off the B3147.Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

11:45am

Another view of the swamped watermeadows from the B3147.Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

11:41am

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A view of the watermeadows between Dorchester and Charminster from the B3147.

11:13am

 

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: This was taken on the A352 going through Charminster this morning. It's passable, but 'only just'.

10:41am

A flood warning has been issued this morning for the Upper Frome from Maiden Newton to Dorchester

According to the Environment Agency warning, areas that could be affected are Maiden Newton, Higher Frome Vauchurch, Frome Vauchurch, Cruxton, Notton, Frampton, Grimstone, Muckleford, Stratton, Bradford Peverell, Wrackleford, Charminster, Frome Whitfield, Wolfeton, Lower Burton and Cokers Frome

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

Flashback: The upper River Frome at Maiden Newton when it flooded in July 2012.

10:08am

9:34am

Here's a video from Stuart Morris of storm waves threatening flooding at Chesil Beach, Portland.

9:16am

9:15am

Flooding remains on Nottington Lane in Nottington around the B3159 Dorchester Road junction.

9:12am

There is flooding on the B3082 East Street in Blandford Forum at the Damory Street junction.

9:02am

Winterbourne Herringston is impasssable due to flooding.

8:58am

There's also flooding on the A354 at Pimperne.

8:55am

Take care in Piddlehinton - there's flooding on Rectory Road in both directions at the B3143 High Street junction.

8:52am

A further landslip has been reported on the B3145 in Sherborne. The road is blocked near the Castle Town Way junction.

8:48am

The A354 Dorchester Hill at Milborne St Andrew is blocked because of flooding.

8:46am

We've had a report just in that Stoke Road in Beaminster is blocked near the B3163 Clay Lane junction because of a landslip.

8:35am

The Old Sherborne Road is impassable as a result of this flooding.

8:20am

Thanks to reader Chrissi Evans for this picture of flood water close to the Sun Inn at Lower Burton, near Dorchester, this morning.

7:45am

The A35 is flooded in Bloxworth around the Bloxworth Road junction.

7:41am

7:21am

There is flooding on The Moor in both directions at Puddletown between the A35 junction and the High Street junction.

7:19am

Morning.

Here's a picture from reader Julian Hubbuck of flooding in Puddletown by the Blue Vinny pub.

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To remind you Condor Ferries' sailings between Weymouth and the Channel Islands have been cancelled because of the weather. For more information visit their website

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6:35pm

ADVICE

Police have reissued their advice to stay away from coastal areas and rivers and not to ignore any road closure signs.

In high winds Dorset Police advise motorists:
Not to travel unless you have to
Keep your distance from other vehicles
Keep your speed down – sudden gusts of wind can blow you off course
Leave extra time to get to your destination
Show consideration for other motorists, especially when confronted with delays and/or blocked roads
When visibility is reduced switch on your headlights.

In the event of flooding, drivers are advised to:
Exercise caution when approaching standing water on the roads
Give consideration to the depth of the water
Do not take any risks driving through flood waters
Drive through shallow water slowly and be aware of the effect of waves on other road users.

Occupants of properties at risk of flooding or who have concerns and are unsure what to do can contact the Environment Agency on 0845 9881188.
More information is also available online at environment-agency.gov.uk
If you are faced with an emergency call 999.

6:28pm

TRAVEL UPDATE

The A354 has already been closed from Blandford to Salisbury, causing major disruption.
The authorities will also decide whether to close Preston Beach Road in Weymouth at 9pm this evening, when high tide is expected to cause flooding.
Should it close, it will remain shut for at least two hours and will only reopen when it is considered safe.

6:26pm

At present there are 17 flood warnings and 21 flood alerts in place covering most of Dorset's rivers. However, there are no severe flood warnings in place at the moment. For more information visit the Environment Agency website

6:24pm

MET OFFICE ISSUES AMBER WEATHER WARNING FOR DORSET

Dorset Police has now confirmed that the Met Office has now issued an amber weather warning for Dorset, forecasting a significant weather front moving across the area over the next 12 hours.
The warning is for thundery showers and large amounts of heavy rainfall.
Residents are also being warned that the flooding situation in Dorset is considered to be ‘critical’ with ground water and river levels already at saturation point and more rain forecast through to Wednesday.
Coastal areas are also likely to be battered by gusts of wind expected to reach up to 70mph.

5:56pm

District councillor for Charminster Sarah East has sent us these pictures of St Mary's Church in the village and fire crews attempting to pump flood water

 

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5:36pm

Just a reminder that the B3157 coast road will be closed at Abbotsbury from tomorrow for 12 weeks as a major upgrade of the water main supply is carried out. For more info click here

 

 

5:13pm

5:10pm

TRAFFIC UPDATE:

The A337 Lymington Road in Highcliffe-on-Sea, Christchurch has re-opened in both directions between the Wharncliffe Road junction and the Gordon Road junction. It was closed earlier because of a dangerous tree.

5:03pm

Here is some advice from Dorset Fire and Rescue Service in response to Echo reader's pictures, advising motorists not to drive through flood water:

 

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Martyn Hepworth has sent in this photo of the flooding on Commercial Road in Weymouth this weekend. If you look closely you may see a very suspicious looking bollard...

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4:15pm

4:11pm

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2:45pm

Julian Hubbuck has sent us this picture of flooding at Puddletown

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2:13pm

TRAFFIC UPDATE:

The A337 Lymington Road in Highcliffe-on-Sea, Christchurch is closed in both directions between the Wharncliffe Road junction and the Gordon Road junction, because of a dangerous tree.

1:56pm

1:44pm

We still have not had any reports of any major problems on our roads - let us know if you know differently. Call 01305 830999 or email newsdesk@dorsetecho.co.uk

1:28pm

12:36pm

Thank you to weather enthusiast Jacques Steventon from Dorset Live Weather for providing us with these weather graphs below.

The first one shows the wind gust for Dorset between 1am this morning and midday today.

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This next one shows the rainfall rate for Dorset during the same time period.

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The final one shows daily rainfall for Dorset from December 23 until today.

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12:27pm

12:26pm

MET OFFICE LATEST:

Here's the official Met Office warning for tomorrow's windy weather:

Strong winds will combine with large waves to bring the risk of coastal flooding.

Winds will gust to 60 MPH or so on coasts, and locally to 70 MPH, but waves will be larger than usually associated with this strength.

The public should be aware of the dangers of waves crashing onshore and over topping shore lines and sea fronts.

12:26pm

TRAFFIC UPDATE:

The A30 in Dorset - Shaftesbury Road in Lower Nyland, Kingston Magna is closed in both directions between the Nyland Lane junction and the Common Lane junction, because of flooding.

One lane remains closed on the A35 Upton Bypass eastbound in Lytchett Minster between Bakers Arms Roundabout and the A350 Blandford Road North junction, because of flooding.

The B3347 Stony Lane in Burton, Christchurch is closed in both directions between the A35 Christchurch Bypass junction and the Footners Lane junction, because of flooding.

12:05pm

11:42am

11:40am

11:40am

11:36am

The rain is coming in again and it looks like it's set to stay for the rest of the day. For the latest weather forecasts click here

 

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11:19am

10:44am

John Pearson has sent us this photo of the flooding St Mary's Church in Charminster this morning. If you have any photos of flooding around the county email newsdesk@dorsetecho.co.uk 

 

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10:20am

10:12am

St Mary’s Church in Charminster has been affected by the flooding and harsh weather.

One church warden Bob Pearson together with wife Susan Pearson have been working with others to clear water from the churchyard and surrounding areas.
Susan Pearson said: “Church services have had to be cancelled this morning because of the flooding.
“Members of the village have been coming and really clubbing together to help out at the church – there has been a real feeling of unity here.

"We are still down here at the moment clearing as much water as we can from the front of the church and the churchyard.”

9:43am

South West Trains and First Great Western have reported that train services seem to be running normally this morning.

9:40am

Lewis Taylor sent in these pictures of the flooding in Weymouth yesterday via our Facebook page:

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9:27am

Thanks to Karla O'Kane for sending us in this picture via Twitter:

And Mark Steele for this picture of the River Winterborne:

9:17am

9:15am

TRAFFIC UPDATES:

  • The West Stafford Bypass in Dorchester is believed to be open but there is flooding near the A352 junction.
  • The A30 Shaftesbury Road in Lower Nyland is closed at the Nyland Lane junction, because of flooding.
  • Westlease in Charminster is blocked at the Lower Burton junction, because of flooding.
  • One lane remains closed on the A35 Upton Bypass eastbound in Lytchett Minster between Bakers Arms Roundabout and the A350 Blandford Road North junction, because of flooding.
  • There is also flooding on the A35 in Bloxworth around the Bloxworth Road junction.
  • The A354 Dorset is flooded on Salisbury Road in Pimperne at the Church Lane junction.
  • The B3075 South Causeway in Stoborough is closed between Wareham and the A351 junction, because of flooding.

9:10am

Good morning, once again we'll be keeping you up to date today with the latest travel, traffic and weather news.

Also, remember to keep sending your weather, traffic and travel pictures to newsdesk@dorsetecho.co.uk or you can tweet us on Twitter at @DorsetEcho.

6:06pm

Flooding in the road at Burton Bradstock this afternoon

 

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6:04pm

More flooding at West Bay

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6:02pm

Here's a picture from our photographer Graham Hunt who was up in Charminster earlier 

 

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5:30pm

MET OFFICE LATEST:

Remember that a 'yellow' weather warning is in place for South West England tomorrow morning from 9am until midnight.

A Met Office spokesperson said: "Outbreaks of rain, heavy at times, will move northeast across the UK on Sunday accompanied by strong winds.

"Quite widespread accumulations of 10-15 mm are likely across southern areas with locally in excess of 30 mm possible over some higher ground.

"This additional rainfall, following the recent very wet weather, means that the public should be aware of an increased risk of both surface water and river flooding as well as disruption to transport."

Also, remember to keep sending your weather, traffic and travel pictures to newsdesk@dorsetecho.co.uk or you can tweet us on Twitter at @DorsetEcho.

5:27pm

Weather conditions are looking better in Charmouth this evening:

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5:06pm

CONDOR FERRIES UPDATE:

Condor Ferry services to and from Weymouth have been cancelled tomorrow and Monday due to the weather.

Sunday

A Condor spokesperson said: "After reviewing the latest forecast the weather conditions have deteriorated further to an extend that we are unable to operate a high speed Cross Channel Fast Ferry service on Sunday January 5 2014."

In order to accommodate guests booked to travel an additional Portsmouth service will be added.

The following services have been cancelled:

0730 Weymouth to Guernsey
1030 Guernsey to Jersey
1230 Jersey to Guernsey
1410 Guernsey to Weymouth

Monday

A Condor spokesperson added: "An adverse weather system is forecast to pass through the channel overnight Sunday evening and is not expected to moderate until Tuesday afternoon.

"As a result it is necessary to cancel Monday’s Weymouth High-Speed service as follows:

Cancelled Services
0730 Weymouth to Guernsey
1030 Guernsey to Jersey
1400 Jersey to Guernsey
1540 Guernsey to Weymouth"

5:00pm

First Dorset Buses have reported that all services are running as normal today.

4:57pm

LATEST TRAIN UPDATES:

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4:50pm

4:41pm

Our reporter Emma Walker has just sent in this picture of the flooding at Nottington:

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4:33pm

TRAFFIC UPDATE:

  • One lane is closed on the A35 eastbound in Lytchett Minster between the Bakers Arms Roundabout and the A350 Blandford Road North junction, because of flooding.
  • Nottington Lane in Nottington is also blocked at the Church Lane junction, because of flooding.
  • The West Stafford Bypass also remains closed.

4:20pm

A BRAVE harbourside worker has told how he dragged a man out of the sea in a heroic rescue attempt this morning.
Jake Short, who works at Bennett’s on the Waterfront fish and chip shop, said he went outside the shop to buy the daily newspapers about 11.30am this morning.
The 21-year-old said he was then told by a passer-by of a man struggling in the water by the harbour bridge in Weymouth.
He added: “I went over near the man but couldn’t reach him, so I just jumped straight in dressed in all my clothes to try and help.
“It was a joint effort alongside four other people but I was proud to be part of the rescue.
“The man who was struggling was in his 50s, and with the four other people I pulled him up out of the water onto a nearby dinghy.
“The water was absolutely freezing but I’m just glad we all managed to help the man.”
A spokesperson for Portland coastguard said the man in his 50s was rescued from the water but as a result was suffering from suspected hyperthermia - he was then taken to Dorset County Hospital.

Here's a picture of Mr Short earlier today, taken by our Echo photographer John Gurd:

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4:05pm

Please remember to take care on the roads during this difficult weather:

3:59pm

It looks like flooding has caused problems for trains and buses in Weymouth today too:

3:48pm

3:46pm

The traffic lights at the junction of the A351 Sandford Road with Organford Road in Wareham are now working again.

3:46pm

The Upton Bypass has reopened - it is passable in both directions with extreme caution:
 

 

3:42pm

3:42pm

We have had reports of bad flooding in Charminster.
Our photographer Graham Hunt said flooding is bad near to St Mary's Church, where sandbags are being used in the doorway.
He said another two or three inches of rainfall would mean water can get into the church.

 

2:42pm

Here are some updates and pictures regarding conditions in Bridport due to flooding:
 

 

2:40pm

The sea is looking rough today. Our photographer John Gurd took this photo from the beach at Preston

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2:32pm

Coastguard update

A spokesperson for Portland Coastguard has warned everyone to keep away from the coastline in the harsh weather.

He said: "The wind has dropped a bit now this afternoon, but the sea is still very rough, and the weather is due to get worse again tomorrow.

"While it's like this, we'd urge people to be aware of the dangers and stay away from the coast."

He added: "I can understand why people want to see the impact the weather is having on the coastline, but the price of this curiosity can be colossal."

In a summary of the Portland coastguard report received this morning, coastguards were alerted to a woman in the water at Lyme Regis in the early hours of Friday morning and, later on, a 78-year-old man suffering from dementia who was missing from his nursing home in Swanage.

2:18pm

We have received an updated from Dorset Police on the multi-agency operation to respond to the flooding and severe weather.
They are advising people that coastal areas are very dangerous at present and people should not visit for sightseeing or to observe the waves.
Tides and winds are very strong and people are also advised not to paddle in the sea or go out to sea unnecessarily while people are also urged not to go into the water in rivers where currents are very strong and keep away from surrounding areas that are unstable.
Motorists and pedestrians are also being urged not to ignore road closure signs.
Dorset Police are reporting that a flood warning remains in place for Portland and Chiswell, which has been downgraded from a severe flood warning.
Portland Beach Road remains open at the moment but is being closely monitored by the police and local authority.
Should it become impassable a diversion route will be put in place to try and maintain vehicular access to the island.
A flood alert is also in place for Weymouth Harbour for today and tomorrow while the flood alert in West Bay remains in place.

2:18pm

 

2:14pm

Echo reporter Emma Walker took this picture of the high river level in Nottington this morning:

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1:47pm

It's looking wet and windy on Weymouth seafront - here's a picture from our photographer Graham Hunt

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1:31pm

12:59pm

12:52pm

We're getting reports that the A352 is flooded at Higher Charminster as the river has risen above the road level.

12:39pm

Traffic update:

The A35 in Dorset still remains partially blocked around Morden Corner, because of flooding.

12:36pm

A SECOND crash on the A35 Upton Bypass has taken place this morning and is believed to be flood-related.
The crash involved a blue Lexus registered to a local keeper, and took place westbound just ahead of the Bakers Arms Roundabout.
Again, it's thought the crash involved standing water, and the car flipped and struck a tree.
A man was treated by paramedics and suffered minor injuries.
The sliproad on the westbound carriageway at Upton Oil is closed, and the Dorset Fire and Rescue Service are on their way to free the car, which is trapped under a tree branch.

12:27pm

Flooding conditions in Bridport are believed to be still bad this morning:

12:23pm

David Cameron has expressed his concern this morning for people to stay safe in the severe weather, and to stay up to date with the weather, traffic and travel.

12:21pm

12:17pm

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

(Photo from the Bournemouth Echo)

A crash on the A35 Upton bypass blocked the road westbound this morning between the A350 junction and Bakers Arms Roundabout.
A man driving a black Corsa hit standing water on the road, and the car flipped and rolled.
A passer-by stopped and called the police and an ambulance.
The man, who is believed to be from Poole, has been taken to Poole General Hospital in an ambulance, and the road remained closed for a short time for recovery.
A spokesperson for Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said: “Two Crews from Poole attended a Road Traffic Collision on the A35 where one casualty was physically trapped in the vehicle.
“One vehicle left the carriageway and collided with a number of trees.
"The Male casualty was released using hydraulic equipment and was transported to hospital.”

The man’s car flipped and rolled on the bypass; it was a single-vehicle collision and he's been described as "a lucky, lucky lad" by a police officer at the scene.

He has received serious injuries, including broken bones, although they are not life-threatening.

12:10pm

A number of people showed concern for the welfare of seven horses in Stony Lane, Christchurch this morning.
The horses were in a flooded field, and there have been reports of a lot of anger from residents who are very worried about them.
Dorset police, 24 passers-by and the RSPCA were at the field following the concerns.
It is believed all seven horses have now swum across the River Stour, and someone has gone to the other side to try and open a gate for them as there is common land there.
The RSPCA are on their way to move them to a new field.

 

12:03pm

TRAFFIC UPDATE:

The B3075 Corfe Road in Stoborough, Wareham, is now clear again after flooding earlier this morning.

The road was closed both ways at Nutcrack Lane because of the water but has now re-opened.

12:01pm

It is believed Preston Beach Road is now open following its closure last night after the severe flood warning. A flood warning remained in place at 8.45am for two hours in the area this morning following the time of high tide.

11:50am

11:28am

Commercial Road near Debenhams in Weymouth remains flooded this morning. Dorset Police are also urging drivers to take care on the roads.

Here are some pictures of the flooding this morning:

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11:18am

The Weymouth FC game has now also been called off due to the weather today.

 

11:15am

Here are some pictures of the flooding on the West Stafford Bypass this morning. The road is still believed to be closed.

 

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11:04am

TRAVEL UPDATE:

The A35 Upton bypass in Upton has now re-opened westbound between the A350 Blandford Road North junction and Bakers Arms Roundabout. It was closed previously because of an earlier accident.

11:02am


 

10:59am

ENVIRONMENT AGENCY LATEST


Flood warnings remain in place for Preston Beach Road and Chiswell this morning, particularly at Brandy Row, Pebble Lane, Victoria Road up to the junction with Queens Road, the car park and the Depot in Chiswell.
The flood warnings were issued at 8.45am this morning and will last for three hours following the time of high tide, therefore believed to be ending at 11.45am.
An Environment Agency spokesperson said: “The previously issued severe flood warning has been removed. The following flood warning will remain in force for three hours following the time of high tide. The time and date of the forecast high water for which this flood warning is in force is 8:45am on January 4.”

 

10:50am

A severe weather warning remains in place for Iford Bridge Home Park in Bournemouth.
An Environment Agency spokesperson said: "Although the river flood peak passed through Iford late yesterday morning, river levels at Iford still remained very high throughout the rest of yesterday evening and night due to the effect of the evening's high tide on the high river levels.
"There remains a risk of flood water affecting this site."

10:40am

 

10:35am

10:10am

And here is a picture from Geoff Moore of the high tides at Chesil Cove this morning.

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10:07am

Here is the flood warning sign at Portland Beach Road this morning:

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10:02am

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(Photo taken by Geoff Moore)

Dorset Police and Environment Agency officials closed the main road from Weymouth to Portland last night.

The Portland Beach Road A354 was closed for two hours whilst a section of flooded road was allowed to drain away as the tide retreated. The road was deemed unsafe for vehicles and the closure was put into place.

People visiting the island had to wait until the road was inspected and made safe. In the meantime, a large queue built up in both directions whilst the safety checks and clean up operations were completed.

Once the signs were removed by Dorset County Council staff traffic started to flow again freely in both directions.

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9:51am

Dorchester Town Football Club has just announced on Twitter that this afternoon's game against Hayes and Yeading has been postponed following an early morning pitch inspection. The weather has already forced Portland United to call off its game today.

9:51am

ANOTHER yellow weather warning for heavy rain by the Met Office has been issued for the South West.

The weather warning is believed to be valid until midday today.

A Met Office spokesperson said: "A spell of heavy rain is likely to affect southern parts of England during the first half of Saturday, clearing eastwards early in the afternoon.

"A further 20 to 30 mm of rain is likely in places and much of this could fall within a 6-hour period. Further heavy showers may move eastwards later on Saturday.

"The public should be aware of the risk of further localised surface water flooding and disruption to travel."

9:29am

TRAVEL LATEST:

  • The A35 Upton bypass in Upton blocked westbound between the A350 junction and Bakers Arms Roundabout, because of an accident.
  • The West Stafford Bypass in Dorchester is believed to be closed near the A352 junction, because of flooding.
  • The A354 Causeway in Wyke Regis was closed earlier but has now re-opened in both directions between the B3156 Portland Road junction and the Queens Road junction, because of earlier flooding.
  • The A35 East Morden, both ways at B3075 Chitten Hill are partially blocked around Morden Corner, because of flooding.
  • The B3075 Corfe Road in Stoborough, Wareham is closed in both directions around the Nutcrack Lane junction, because of flooding.

9:22am

Good morning all, we'll be keeping you updated today with the latest weather traffic and travel updates.

Send your weather pictures to newsdesk@dorsetecho.co.uk or tweet them to us  via Twitter at DorsetEcho.

1:10am

Portland Beach Road still closed because of flooding. Motorists being warned not to drive through floodwater.

 

 

 

11:42pm

11:17pm

Roads latest: The A354 Portland Beach Road has been closed

Preston Beach Road has reopened

9:30pm

Roads latest:

 

Portland Beach Road open

 

Preston Beach Road set to open shortly.

B3075 Corfe Road in Stoborough, Wareham closed in both directions around the Nutcrack Lane junction, because of flooding.

 

Road blocked earlier on B3390 in both directions in Affpuddle at the Waddock Cross junction, because of a fallen tree now cleared.

 

A30 Babylon Hill partially blocked in both directions at the Marl Lane junction, because of mudslide in the road.

 

West Stafford Bypass in Dorchester closed near the A352 junction, because of flooding.

8:53pm

There is floodwater on Portland Beach Road. Take extra care if you are driving that way.

The danger has now passed at Chiswell.

8:35pm

8:26pm

8:20pm

Landlady at The Little Ship in Chiswell Sue Marsters confirmed sirens had not gone off at Chiswell despite some people saying they had been activiated.

She said it was wet and windy outside and that waves were high but the beach road remained open.

8:15pm

Portland Heights Hotel duty manager Lyn Babb said the hotel was being used as a rest centre but currently there was just one resident using it.

She said the centre was for those who could not go to friends and family.

8:13pm

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said the sirens have not gone off in Chiswell despite reports saying they had.
He said: "We are just monitoring the situation at the moment but all seems okay. We've seen a lot worse but we will remain on the scene."

8:03pm

A spokesman for Environment Agency said that the sirens on Portland have not been activated. High tide has passed and no major problems but the situation is still under review.

7:52pm

There are high waves at Chiswell but no flooding reported at the moment.

7:37pm

Roads latest: Preston Beach Road has now been closed due to flood risk. The closure extends from Chalbury Corner to the Westerhall Road junction near St John's Church.

7:29pm

B3075 Corfe Road in Stoborough closed in both directions around the Nutcrack Lane junction, because of flooding.

7:27pm

Roads update: B3390 in Affpuddle blocked in both directions at the Waddock Cross junction because of a fallen tree.

6:36pm

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Cove Inn landlady Jackie Breakspear lighting candles in readiness.

6:27pm

Residents from Chiswell are being welcomed at The Heights Hotel to avoid staying in their homes during the wild weather. 

6:24pm

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

Sandbagging at Chiswell

6:24pm

Weymouth and Portland Borough workers are at the scene in Chiswell handing out sandbags to residents and traders. 

Many have already stacked sandbags outside their homes and left the area ahead of high tide. 

6:23pm

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

 

Staff at Elite creative and artistic hair design are worried about the severe weather warning in Chiswell tonight. They have placed sandbags along the front of the salon.
Katie Durkin said: "We had the police around earlier and the Environment Agency have been calling us all day.
It seems like it's going to be really bad and we are worried what state the salon will be in tomorrow."

6:23pm

Staff at Elite creative and artistic hair design are worried about the severe weather warning in Chiswell tonight.

They have placed sandbags along the front of the salon.


Staff member Katie Durkin said: "We had the police around earlier and the EA have been calling us all day.

"It seems like it's going to be really bad and we are worried what state the place will be in tomorrow."

 

6:21pm

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

Police helping out at Chiswell as families prepare to evacuate

6:19pm

Debby Cocking and her son Robert arepreparing to leave their house when the worst of the weather is expected.

She said: "There is nothing you can do as long as everyone is safe and no one killed."

6:19pm

Nicola Southen, of Chiswell, and her family are evacuating their home this evening ahead of severe weather. She said: "We've lived here 13 years and had loads of flood warnings but never had the police and EA coming round with sandbags and warnings. We just want to be safe especially because of the kids and the dogs. We have taken all out electrical a upstairs."

6:18pm

Landlady Jackie Breakspear said the Cove House Inn will be staying open for as long as possible.

She said she feels 'apprehensive' ahead of high tide at 7.45pm and ready to pull shutters across the windows later.

"Even the local fisherman have told us it's going to be bad.

" We did think about evacuating but have decided to stay and just remain upstairs.

"We are apprehensive about tonight it is the most severe weather warning we have had here." 

6:12pm

Dorset Police together with partner agencies are issuing further advice and information to communities with regards to floods and areas at risk of flooding.

This is a multi-agency operation and follows monitoring of river and sea levels over the last 24 hour period, the weather forecast indicating further severe weather together with predicted high tides.

West Bay - Bridport

There is a potential risk of flooding in this area and this is being closely monitored. Residents in this area have been informed of the risk and advised accordingly.

Portland and Chiswell

A severe flood warning has been forecast by the Environment Agency and advice is being given to residents with regards to flooding – a separate release has been sent out in respect of this area.

Portland Beach Road remains open at this time and is being closely monitored by the police and local authority. Should this road become impassable, a diversion route will be put in place to try and maintain vehicular access to the island.

Preston Beach Road in Weymouth

This road will be closed tonight at approximately 6.45pm and will remain closed until the Highways Agency considers it safe to be re-opened.

Poole harbour

A flood alert is in place for Poole harbour and the surrounding area which has suffered some flooding already. This area is being closely monitored.

 

Iford Bridge Home Park in Bournemouth

Bournemouth Borough Council has evacuated the residents of the Iford Bridge Home Park in Bournemouth. Alternative accommodation has been provided for those residents who required it. Evacuees have been advised that they will not be allowed to return home after the weekend.

Beaulieu Gardens Home Park in Christchurch

East Dorset District Council is advising the residents of Beaulieu Gardens Home Park to consider evacuating.

If you are evacuated:
• Leave in good time
• Take all essential medication with you
• Do not return under any circumstances until you have been advised that it is safe to do so

Evacuees are strongly advised not to return to these sites under any circumstances until they have been told that it is safe to do so.

Christchurch harbour

There is a flood warning for Christchurch harbour for tonight at high tide which is predicted to be at 10.45pm. The area, including Wick, is being closely monitored.

Occupants of properties at risk of flooding who have concerns or are unsure what to do should contact the Environment Agency on 0845 988 1188, visit their website www.environment-agency.gov.uk or call the emergency services on 999 if urgent.

Gale to severe gale force winds will be an added hazard, with the potential for very strong gusts in coastal areas.

Dorset Police and partners are reminding residents to prepare for the adverse weather and advice extreme care to be taken in coastal areas.
• Do not go to the beach or cliffs to look at the weather
• Do not carry out any water sports or make unnecessary trips out to sea
• Do not go near the sea to walk or paddle in the waves
• Do not ignore road closure signs

If living in an ‘at risk’ area monitor the Environment Agency website for flood warnings closely on 0845 988 1188, visit their website www.environment-agency.gov.uk.
Motorists

In high winds Dorset Police advise motorists:
• Not to travel unless you have to
• Keep your distance from other vehicles
• Keep your speed down – sudden gusts of wind can blow you off course
• Leave extra time to get to your destination
• Show consideration for other motorists, especially when confronted with delays and/or blocked roads
• When visibility is reduced switch on your headlights.

In the event of flooding, drivers are advised to:
• Exercise caution when approaching standing water on the roads
• Give consideration to the depth of the water
• Do not take any risks driving through flood waters
• Drive through shallow water slowly and be aware of the effect of waves on other road users.

Further advice can be found at:

www.environment-agency.gov.uk

www.dorset.police.uk/

www.dorsetforyou.com/flooding

5:25pm

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

Police and Environment Agency officials warn residents at Chiswell

5:24pm

Sandbags have been stacked up near the car park in Chiswell.

5:23pm

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

Residents are being warned they may have to evacuate their homes in Chiswell tonight

5:22pm

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

Residents are being warned they may have to evacuate their homes in Chiswell tonight

4:58pm

Reader Hector Coward sent us this picture of flooding in fields around the River Frome at Moreton

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4:42pm

The Environment Agency is forecasting a severe flood warning will be put in place for the areas of Chiswell and Portland later this evening.

Dorset Police and partners are advising residents of this area to be prepared, invoke their arranged flood plans and possibly evacuate – with leaflets being distributed to all properties in the areas at risk.

This is a multi-agency operation and follows monitoring of river and sea levels over the last 24 hour period, the weather forecast indicating further severe weather together with predicted high tides.

High tide for Portland and Chiswell is anticipated to be at around 10pm today and residents of these areas are advised to do the as following as soon as possible:

• Move to the upper floors and stay in rooms that face away from the sea.
• If possible - move to alternative accommodation not in the flood risk area

Should the sea breach Chiswell Beach a siren will sound and residents will be required to evacuate their properties.

For those residents who do not have alternative accommodation to go to, a rest centre will be provided at the Portland Heights Hotel, Yeates roundabout, Portland. This will be available from 6pm today, Friday 3 January through to 1am Saturday 4 January 2014 where refreshments and a place to rest will be provided. 

If advised to evacuate:
• Leave in good time
• Take all essential medication with you
• Secure your property

Residents are strongly advised not to return to their properties under any circumstances until they have been told that it is safe to do so.

Full advice can be found on www.environment-agency.com

4:27pm

4:26pm

A 'yellow' warning for wind has been issued by the Met Office and is in place until 11.59pm tonight.
A second 'yellow' warning for heavy rain and wind is in place for Sunday.
Send your pictures to newsdesk@dorsetecho.co.uk.

4:23pm

UPTON bypass remains closed this afternoon following a two-vehicle crash.

A stretch of road is closed from Holes Bay to the Upton sliproad following the collision, which involved two vehicles.

Three casualties have been treated by paramedics, with two - a male and a female who were travelling in the same car - taken to Poole General Hospital.

The nature of their injuries is unknown, although both were cut out of their vehicle by firefighters using hydraulic equipment and transferred to an ambulance on spinal boards.

There is currently no further information on the cars involved in the collision, which took place on the westbound carriageway of the A35 at around 1.39pm.

Although a Dorset Police spokesperson said the road was expected to be open again by 3.30pm, it is now thought it will remain closed until at least 6.45pm.

There are long queues throughout the area.

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LATEST: Severe weather warnings have been issued for Chiswell on Portland and Preston Beach Road in Weymouth at high tide this evening due at 7.45pm

The A352 Dorchester Road at East Burton is blocked due to flooding

The B3067 Dorchester Road at Lytchett Minster is blocked due to a fallen tree

There is flooding on the West Stafford bypass

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Flooding at old viaduct near Dorchester

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Flooding near Dorchester

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River Frome at wareham

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Our photographers have been out braving the elements today. Here are Finnbarr Webster's pictures of flooding on Commercial Road earlier today:

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A family negotiate flooding in Weymouth

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Flooding on Weymouth harbourside

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Simon Parker, Dorset County emergency planning officer, said leaflets are being delivered and a rest centre is being prepared in case of flooding at Chiswell this evening.

The department have been working closely with the Environment Agency, Dorset Police and Dorset Fire and Rescue and other agencies throughout the flooding chaos.

He also paid tribute to county council staff who have been working throughout the Christmas and New Year period to cope with extreme weather, some on a voluntary basis.

Mr Parker said: "We have a lot of staff who have really gone the extra mile."

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Photographer John Gurd got this image of gridlocked traffic earlier after the fallen tree on the A35 at Stinsford

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The Environment Agency has issued another severe flood warning for the area.

Residents at Chiswell, Portland are being warned that the Causeway between Portland and Wyke Regis may become impassable and dangerous waves overtopping shingle is also possible.

The warning is valid from high tide at 7.45pm tonight. Flood warning sirens will be sounded if wave overtopping occurs.

 

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Our photographer Graham Hunt got this picture of a driver going through flood water on the West Stafford bypass.

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Dorset Police have said that residents around the Preston Beach Road area are not being asked to evacuate, but they should be prepared to do so at short notice.

Other areas which are not currently subject to flood warnings, including Weymouth Esplanade, Chiswell in Portland and West Bay Harbour are being closely monitored.

 

 

 

2:57pm

The Highways Agency is warning drivers to check forecasts and road conditions before setting out on their journeys today.

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The AA's Flood Rescue Team has had its busiest time over the past few weeks since the service formed i 2008.

Darron Burness, head of the AA’s flood rescue team, said: “Driving conditions overnight were pretty awful at times but thankfully it appears that many people heeded the warnings and just stayed at home in the affected areas, helped by some still off work.

“However, we have several more days of bad weather to come so people should continue to exercise caution on the roads and keep abreast of the weather and travel reports.

“We are concerned for this evening’s high tide and particularly for Sunday when further heavy rain and high wind could cause localised disruption.

"Driving conditions will remain hazardous, so keep your speed down and watch out for standing water, particularly after dark.

“Many roads will still be flooded, so take a road atlas or sat-nav in case of any diversions, and if you encounter flood water, don’t risk driving through it.

"If your car has been damaged in flood water or the high tide, stay out of it as water can play havoc with the electrics causing things like the airbags to go off without warning, risking serious injury.”
 

2:26pm

The A35 at Stinsford is now clear after a fallen tree blocked the road earlier but traffic is still heavy.

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