Flooding in Dorset causes road closures and chaos to rail services

1:00pm Monday 28th January 2013

DORSET has been faced with another bout of flooding which caused road closures and disruption to the train services.

Residents were on alert for flooding over the weekend after the Environment Agency issued a number of warnings for the area.

Firefighters rescued two people from a car that was stuck in floodwater on the A3066 at Melplash.

Crews from Beaminster, Bridport and a special rescue team from Weymouth were called to the scene in the early hours of Saturday.

Firefighters pushed the vehicle to safety, where the occupants were looked after by police officers.

Flood warnings were issued by the Environment Agency for the River Wey at Weymouth, the Upper and Lower Frome between Maiden Newton and Dorchester and East Stoke to Wareham, the Parrett from South Perrott into Somerset, and the Char at the Dolphins River Caravan Park.

Motorists faced road closures with several highways impassable, including the C12 at Charminster, the West Stafford bypass and the A37 at Grimstone.

Trains between Weymouth and Yeovil were cancelled on Sunday.

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