Flood warning in Dorset after heavy rain causes river levels to rise
An area of Dorset remains at high risk of flooding this afternoon after heavy overnight rain saw river levels rise.
One of the 15 Environment Agency flood warnings currently in place for the South West affects the county, although the heavy rain is forecast to clear this evening.
The warning for the Lower Frome includes areas in East Stoke, Holmebridge, Stoborough, Stoborough Green, Wareham, Redcliffe, Ridge and Swineham.
In its warning, the Environment Agency said: "Water levels in the lower Frome from East Stoke to Wareham are rising and expected to continue to remain high throughout today due to prolonged and sometimes heavy rain."
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The Met Office has a severe weather warning for rain in place until 11pm tonight. It is a yellow warning for Dorset, but a more severe amber warning for parts of Cornwall and South Devon.
Forecasters predicted around 30mm of rainfall in most parts of Dorset, rising to as much as 60mm over higher ground.
In addition to its 15 flood warnings in place, the Environment Agency had 40 flood alerts active for the South West at midday today.
For the very latest information on flood warnings and alerts in the region, click on the Environment Agency panel below.
Click here to see the latest weather forecast in Dorset.
Click here to visit the Met Office website.