Flooding Hits South West

The Environment Agency issues dozens of flood warnings across Devon, Dorset and Somerset after severe rain.

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Flood warning lifted for Lower Stour in Dorset

The Flood Warning for the Lower Stour at Iford Bridge Home Park is no longer in force. No further flooding is currently expected in this area.The Environment Agency said levels have stabilised and they are expecting levels to drop off throughout the day.

They are urging caution but said the flood risk at the site is improving. River levels will remain high throughout the day.

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Video: Weymouth underwater

While the clear-up began in some places today, others were still underwater.

Many roads have been closed today over large areas of south Dorset.

The video below shows Weymouth earlier, with the town centre under several feet of water. Large parts looked more like a wildlife sanctuary.

And an elderly couple had to be rescued from their car in Burton Bradstock.

Video courtesy of Dorset Media Service.

Elderly couple rescued from car

A couple rescued from flooding in Burton Bradstock. Credit: Dorset Media Service

Two people had a lucky escape after their car became stuck in rising flood water after they drove down a country lane in Dorset.

The couple aged 78 and 80 had to be rescued when their car became overwhelmed by rising flood water from the River Brit at Burton Bradstock yesterday.

The couple's car stuck in the water. Credit: Dorset Media Service

The couple became stuck along Bredy Lane. Locals couldn't reach them and for almost an hour they had to wait inside as the water rose to the car’s windscreen.

They were later rescued by a specialist team from Dorset Fire and Rescue Service who took them by boat to dry ground some 300 metres away.

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