A flood alert has been issued for west Dorset due to heavy rain expected this afternoon.

The Environment Agency has issued an alert that river levels are forecast to rise on the River Lim, River Char, River Winniford, Simene River, River Brit, River Asker, River Mangerton, and River Bride due to the forecast for heavy rainfall this afternoon.

Flooding is possible from 1pm.

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: "We will continue to monitor the forecast and re-issue this alert if necessary.

"Avoid using low-lying footpaths and any bridges near local watercourses and do not attempt to walk, cycle or drive through flood water. Consider putting your flood plan into action."