Measures have been put in place to deal with dangerous flooding along a main Dorset road.

National Highways has installed temporary, two-way traffic signals on the A35 at Kingston Russell, near Dorchester for the safety of drivers.

A spokesperson for National Highways said: “The high volume of water running off land neighbouring the A35 has been causing issues for motorists and National Highways has put in the temporary measure for the safety of all road users in this location.

“The traffic signals will be in place until surface water subsides and it is deemed safe to remove them.”

Drivers have described traffic in the area as ‘slow moving’ and said that it appears to be impacting the westbound carriageway with workers seen ‘throwing sand’ at the water.

Drivers are advised to expect delays due to flooding on the area of the A35 between Dorchester and Bridport at the Compton Valence turn-off.

Groundwater, as its name implies, is water that is stored below the ground.

The groundwater level measured at the Kingston Russell borehole - which is a narrow shaft bored into the ground vertically - has been rising, although the rate of rise is reported to be slowing.

The level has been recorded at 121.36m above sea level, which is extremely high for that location.

Issues have been ongoing at Kingston Russell since the beginning of December following plenty of heavy rain and yellow weather warnings.