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Dorset on Flood Alert UPDATED 28/11

Parts of our county are still on a flood alert with a number of locations on flood warnings.

• Flooding is expected for: Groundwater flooding for Kingston Russell, Winterbourne Abbas, Winterbourne Steepleton, Martinstown or Winterbourne St Martin, Winterbourne Monkton, Winterbourne Herringston and Winterbourne Came.

Immediate action required.

Groundwater levels have risen at the Kingston Russell Borehole to 116.6mAOD on the 28th November and are continuing to rise. We expect some properties with basements and cellars to experience some groundwater inundation and strongly encourage residents to activate their pumps if they have not already done so. We have noticed the impacts of high groundwater levels in Winterbourne St Martin with sewage systems at capacity and discharging along Burnside, if you notice any drainage issues contact your local water company. After some further rainfall at the start of the weekend, the next few days are forecast to be dry but we still anticipate groundwater levels to continue to rise. We are continuing to monitor the situation and will update this message 29th November or as the situation changes.

• Flooding is possible for: Bridport, Chideock, Martinstown, Milborne St. Andrew, Nottington, Piddlehinton, Piddletrenthide, Upwey, Winterborne Abbas, Winterborne Kingston, Winterborne Steepleton, Winterborne Stickland, Winterborne Whitechurch and Winterborne Zelston.

Groundwater levels have been high at the Kingston Russell Borehole and gradually rising over the last few weeks. With further rain forecast to fall over the coming days, it is likely that groundwater levels will continue to rise and remain high for some time. We are noticing groundwater ponding in fields and footpaths in low lying areas as a result, particularly in the South Winterbourne Valley, Piddle Valley, North Winterbourne Valley and surrounding areas. We encourage residents with pumps and other property level protection to put them in place and ensure they are working. We may start to see flooding on roads in these affected areas. We are continuing to monitor the situation and will update this message in the coming days or as the situation changes.

• Flooding is possible for: Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Seatown, West Bay, Bothenhampton, Burton Freshwater, Burton Bradstock, Cogden Beach, Chesil Beach, West Fleet, East Fleet and Chiswell.

A tidal surge is expected on the West Dorset Coast particularly Portland as a result of high spring tides and strong winds this evening and tomorrow morning.  High water is at 7.05 pm this evening 27/11/2019 and at 7:30 am in the morning 28/11/2019.  The wind strength is Force 6 from the west.  Flooding to roads and farmland is expected and may apply two to four hours either side of the high tides.  There is a possibility of flooding for the Chiswell area.  We are closely monitoring the situation and our incident response staff are checking defences.  Please stay away from large waves and keep aware in case further warnings are issued.  This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 28/11/2019, or as the situation changes.

Previous flood warnings for Weymouth Harbour, Lower Frome from Dorchester to East Stoke and West Dorset Rivers (except South Winterbourne Valley) are no longer in force.

To check the latest information for your area
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* Visit the GOV.UK website to see the current flood warnings, view river and sea levels or check the 5-day flood risk forecast:

West/Mid Dorset – https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/target-area/111FAGWDGW or

West Dorset coast – https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/target-area/111FAGWDGW

South Winterbourne Valley – https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/target-area/111FWGSWV1

* Or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 using quickdial code: 210023 (West/Mid Dorset), 045312 (West Dorset coast) or 166049 (South Winterbourne Valley).

* Follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter.

* Tune into weather, news and travel bulletins on local television and radio.

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