ALMOST 30 flood warnings and alerts are in force across Dorset today as more heavy rain hits the county.

The Environment Agency has a total of nine flood warnings in force and 20 flood alerts.

Areas at risk of possible flooding include Corfe Castle and Swanage areas where there is a flood alert in force.

The Environment Agency said: “River levels have risen at the Swanage Prospect Farm FAS Swan Brook river gauge as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for the Corfe Castle and Swanage areas.”

A spokesperson added: “Further rainfall is forecast over the next 12 hours. We expect river levels to remain high for the coming days. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please stay aware in case further warnings are issued and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers which may be flooded.”

The Met Office issued a weather warning for heavy rain earlier today which is valid until 6pm tonight.

The areas with flood warnings in force:

  • Curry Moor and Hay Moor
  • Groundwater flooding for the Bere Stream
  • Groundwater flooding for the North Winterborne, north of the A354
  • Groundwater flooding for the North Winterborne, south of the A354
  • Groundwater flooding for the Piddle Valley
  • Groundwater flooding for the South Winterbourne Valley
  • Groundwater flooding for the Wylye Valley
  • Groundwater flooding in the Bourne Valley - The Winterbournes
  • River Wey from Upwey to Weymouth

The areas with flood alerts in force:

  • Groundwater flooding in Pitton, West Tytherley, Nether Wallop and Broughton
  • Groundwater flooding in the Cranborne Chase area
  • Groundwater flooding in the Salisbury Plain area
  • Groundwater flooding in the West of Dorset
  • Lower Avon and tributaries
  • Lower Frome and tributaries
  • Lower Tone and Parrett Moors
  • Middle Avon and tributaries
  • Purbeck Rivers and Streams
  • River Axe area
  • River Bourne and tributaries
  • River Ebble and tributaries
  • River Piddle and tributaries
  • River Wylye and tributaries
  • River Yeo and River Parrett, Lower Reaches
  • River Yeo and River Parrett Moors around Muchelney and Thorney
  • South Somerset Rivers, Upper Reaches
  • Upper Frome and tributaries
  • West Dorset Rivers and Streams
  • Weymouth Rivers and Streams