Flooding is possible - be prepared

Flood alert for Groundwater flooding in the West of Dorset

The groundwater levels at all of our indicator boreholes across the West of Dorset are now rising quite sharply and, with more heavy rain forecast over the next 48 hours will, continue to do so through to theweekend at kleast. Flooding of roads and low lying land is expectedand sewage system may become inudated.

A faulty gauge at Kingston Russell borehole has been replaced and today's reading of 117.8m above sea level is correct.

Residents should deploy any property resilience measures such as pumps, flood barriers and air brick covers now.

Avoid driving through flood water as the bow wave from vehicles can flood adjacent properties.

Do not lift manhole covers to alleviate local surface water flooding as this may cause toilets further downhill to surcharge.

This message will be updated on Thursday 22nd February, or as the situation changes.

Flood alert area: Bridport, Chideock, Martinstown, Milborne St. Andrew, Nottington, Piddlehinton, Piddletrenthide, Upwey, Winterborne Abbas, Winterborne Kingston, Winterborne Steepleton, Winterborne Stickland, Winterborne Whitechurch and Winterborne Zelston.

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