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Flooding Hits South West

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

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Dorset residents warned of further flooding risk

Residents in Dorset are being warned of a further risk of flooding following last weekend's flash floods. With more heavy rain forecast in the next few days, and the ground already saturated, there are concerns some areas could flood again.

It is hoped that the flood water will continue to drain away, however more heavy rain is forecast in the next few days. We are working closely with all our partners to monitor weather conditions and maintain safe roads and reliable journeys. Drivers should plan their journeys before setting out, check weather conditions, leave extra time for their journeys if travel conditions are poor, and delay their journey if the weather becomes severe."

– Robin Herringshaw, Highways Agency's emergency planning manager in the South West

Six weeks of heavy rainfall has resulted in exceptionally high groundwater levels. We've had some massive downpours in the past week, with some areas seeing more than double the long term average. This has resulted in some property flooding from groundwater sources. We're expecting further heavy downpours this weekend which unfortunately means that there is a risk of further property flooding across Wessex, and from groundwater flooding in some areas of Dorset.

– Dave Bunt, Environment Agency

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