Weather warnings remain in place today following heavy rain that devastated many areas in the South West over the weekend. Properties in Dorset were flooded and many roads impassable after several inches of rain fell overnight into Saturday causing rivers to swell.
The clean up operation has long since started, but as the heavy showers continue to batter the region, a yellow rain alert from the Met Office has been maintained until midnight. Scattered heavy showers are expected to continue to develop throughout this afternoon and evening.
The Met Office has warned that up to 30mm of rain could fall within a few hours in some places. With rivers and streams already swollen and fields wet it could cause localised problems.
Burton Bradstock near Bridport in Dorset was badly hit. Some motorists had to be rescued from their cars as river levels on the Brit and Asker breached the banks.
Homes were not the only ones that fell victim to the heavy rain. The Festival of British Eventing, due to take place at Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire later this week, has been cancelled because of the wet weather.
Around 50,000 people were expected at the event at the home of the Princess Royal, as well as some of the world's top riders. It’s hoped the British Championships can be rescheduled for later in the year.