Dorset

Dorset hit by further heavy rain fall

Cars stuck in the water in Bournemouth PHOTO: Charles Raven
Image caption A police car was among those stranded during flash floods last Thursday

Heavy rain has swept through Dorset but there have been no reports of flash flooding.

The Environment Agency and Met Office said heavy rain could continue to affect the county until Friday but with only a "low risk" of flooding.

Dorset Police said it had not received any reports of flooding.

Last Thursday, vehicles broke down, homes were flooded to "waist deep" and roads were closed after flash floods hit Dorset.

The Met Office said the heavy rain was most likely to affect the west of the county.

Dorset Police warned residents and motorists to take extra care and to seek regular weather updates from the Met Office.

A spokesman said that if localised flooding did happened in urban areas, there was "potential for a number of surface water flooding incidents".

The worst-hit areas last week were Lulworth to Bournemouth and on to Christchurch.

Patients had to be evacuated from a private hospital after a ceiling was damaged because of the water.

Several people were rescued from vehicles stuck in flood water. Bournemouth's Lower and Central Gardens were also submerged.

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