Dorset flood alerts in place as heavy rain causes river levels to rise
By This is Dorset | Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 13:03
Flood alerts have been issued in two areas of Dorset today after a morning of heavy rain across the county.
Water levels are rising on rivers in Dorset
The Environment Agency has placed the alert on the Weymouth rivers and streams, and the Lower Avon and tributaries between Ringwood and Christchurch.
The alert for Weymouth includes the River Wey to Radipole Lake, Preston Brook and River Jordan.
"Water levels in the River Wey, Preston Brook and River Jordan are rising and are forecast to exceed bankful conditions with continuing rainfall today," said the Agency this morning.
"Localised thunderstorms may cause some surface water flooding."
On the tributaries between Ringwood and Christchurch, the Agency has reported that river levels remain high due to groundwater levels being higher than usual.
"Further rain is expected and the outlook remains unsettled," it added. "Intense showers could cause surface water flooding in areas around the edge of the New Forest."
See below for live updates on the latest flood alerts and warnings in the South West from the Environment Agency.