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Multi agency safety warning as Met Office forecast more rain in Dorset

Date: 19th December, 2019

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service (DWFRS), Dorset Police and other LRF partner agencies, are reminding residents about the dangers of flooding as the Met Office forecasts more rain for Dorset in the coming hours.

With bad weather likely to continue over the coming hours and into the weekend, emergency services and local councils are keen that drivers recognise the dangers of surface water on the roads.

DWFRS Group Manager, Tim Gray said: “Very often, surface water doesn’t appear very deep but there can be unseen dips in the road which then catch drivers unaware. There is also a risk of drivers in larger vehicles driving through water without dropping their speed, which then creates a ‘bow wave’ effect – and this can cause significant risks for other vehicles. While this wet weather continues, please drive to the conditions and be particularly cautious at fords, where water levels can rise a lot in a short space of time.”

If you are travelling through areas affected by flooding, please follow this advice:

Dorset Council are encouraging people to stay safe along the Jurassic Coast as family and friends travel to the county for Christmas and may wish to enjoy a festive coastal walk.

Rockfalls can, and do, happen at any time; however, a prolonged period of rain can increase the risk still further. This can happen without warning and can have serious consequences. The Jurassic Coast looks the way it does because of erosion – meaning it is always on the move.

Remember the golden rules:

  1. Stay away from the edge of the cliff top – admire the view from a safe distance
  2. Stay away from the base of cliffs: rock falls and landslides can happen at any time. If you are under a rock fall, the likelihood is you will die
  3. Pay attention to warning signs – they are there for your safety
  4. Check tide times before you set off to avoid being cut off by incoming tides
  5. Be aware of mud flows extending across the beaches – don’t get stuck
  6. Keep dogs on leads near the cliff edge

Visitors are asked to take notice of signs and stay away from the edge and base of cliffs.

Updates on road conditions can be found on social media and via local radio and media websites, so check your route before you set off, and allow extra time for any necessary diversions.

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