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Summary

  • There are renewed safety warnings after a huge rockfall onto the beach at Burton Bradstock.
  • The MET Office has issued another yellow warning for rain in West Dorset.
  • Motorists face delays due to flooding across the county.
  • A major beach clean is taking place tomorrow following last week's storm on Portland

9:22am

Are you heading to Chesil Beach this morning to help clean-up?

Let us know. Send us your photos here.

9:19am

TRAVEL LATEST

  • A35 Bere Regis, eastbound between A31 and A351 - The road is just passable on A35 eastbound between Bere Regis and Bakers Arms Roundabout, Lytchett Minster in Lytchett Minster, because of flooding.
  • B3081 Dorset - B3081 High Street in Sixpenny Handley closed between the Dean Lane junction and the Back Lane junction, because of flooding.
  • Milton Road in Milborne St Andrew closed in both directions around the A354 The Square junction, because of flooding.
  • Clenston Road in Winterborne Stickland blocked near the Dunbury Lane junction, because of flooding.
  • The Road North Dorset, both ways between Stubhampton and Tarrant Gunville. The road is just passable on The Road in North Dorset between the Stubhampton junction and the Tarrant Gunville junction, because of flooding
  • West Stafford Bypass in West Stafford partially blocked at the West Stafford junction, because of flooding.

9:16am

CHESIL BEACH CLEAN TODAY.

All invited to meet at Quiddles Cafe, 10am.

Organised by Portland resident and environmental campaigner Storm Wallace who decided to take action following last week's storm.

The storm left behinds tonnes of rubbish including dead animal carcasses.

Storm Wallace started up the idea of the beach clean on Facebook with her Mum and a few friends.

 

9:16am

Morning everyone.

We are back in the office and will be keeping you up-to-date with the latest weather and travel.

 

4:24pm

Remember to check here again tomorrow for the latest weather and travel updates.

Our live coverage has ended for today.

Remember to take care on the roads and near the coast.

 

4:22pm

WEATHER LATEST

Rain clearing overnight with frost or fog forming.

MET office forecasters say: "A cloudy and wet start to the night for most with outbreaks of rain, but dry and clear weather in the west will continue to spread eastwards.

"Turning frosty under clear skies with some fog and icy patches forming."

There will be a frosty, cold start tomorrow with some fog and icy patches, then a dry morning with spells of sunshine.

4:18pm

Here are some of the latest travel updates:

A35 Dorset - The road is just passable on A35 eastbound between Bere Regis and Bakers Arms Roundabout, Lytchett Minster in Lytchett Minster, because of flooding.

Clenston Road in Winterborne Stickland blocked near the Dunbury Lane junction, because of flooding.

The Road, North Dorset, both ways between Stubhampton and Tarrant Gunville The road between the Stubhampton junction and the Tarrant Gunville junction, because of flooding.

West Stafford Bypass partially blocked at the West Stafford junction, because of flooding.

Milton Road in Milborne St Andrew closed in both directions around the A354 The Square junction, because of flooding.

4:03pm

2:31pm

This is the view along Hive Beach at Burton Bradstock today following the latest cliff fall.

Safety warnings have been issued by authorities following heavy rain leading to unstable cliffs.

Photo: Graham Hunt

Dorset Echo:

2:28pm

Our photographer Graham Hunt took this photo this afternoon of the still closed West Stafford Bypass.

Motorists are being urged to take care on the roads.

Dorset Echo:

12:22pm

Have you spotted any flooding in the area today? Let us know newsdesk@dorsetecho.co.uk

10:53am

TODAY'S games involving Bridport and Portland United have been postponed due to waterlogged pitches.

Bridport were scheduled to travel to Odd Down while Portland were set to take on Bridport Reserves in cup action at St Mary's Field.

Elsewhere, Weymouth Reserves' clash against Shaftesbury at the Bob Lucas Stadium (2pm) is on but Portland Reserves' home game is off.

10:42am

10:40am

DORSET councils have issued safety advice concerning landslides.

A spokesman said: "Landslides and rock falls are more likely to happen after very heavy rainfall or storms.

"This means there's always a small element of risk when visiting Dorset's Jurassic Coast , or any coast with cliffs for that matter.

"This should not, and does not, put people off visiting the area but you should use common sense and caution and pay attention to messages and signs about how to stay safe."

Common sense safety advice

  • Cliffs are NOT a playground for children
  • Do not take unnecessary risks, stay away from the edge of the cliff top
  • Stay away from the base of cliffs: cliff falls can happen at any time
  • Do not walk or climb over landslide or cliff fall debris, especially during and after wet weather as it is easy to get stuck in mud and quicksand
  • Pay attention to warning signs; they are there to advise you how to stay safe
  • Check the weather forecast before you go
  • Beware of steep, shelving beaches and large waves
  • Be aware of tide times: the sea comes in and out twice a day and it is possible to get cut off by the incoming tide or forced up against the cliffs
  • If you are interested in fossils, do not hammer into the cliffs or solid rock wave cut platforms as this could cause long lasting damage.

10:11am

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of rain to last until 7pm tonight across parts of west Dorset, north Dorset and south Somerset.

9:54am

9:49am

CHESIL BEACH CLEAN TOMORROW.

All invited to meet at Quiddles Cafe, 10am.

Organised by Portland resident and environmental campaigner Storm Wallace who decided to take action following last week's storm.

The storm left behinds tonnes of rubbish including dead animal carcasses.

Storm Wallace started up the idea of the beach clean on Facebook with her Mum and a few friends.

Here's a photo taken of the scene last week by Issy Imset, of Underwater Explorers and Chesil Beach Watch.

Dorset Echo:

 

9:41am

Our photographer John Gurd took this photo of a rock fall at Burton Bradstock.

Remember to take care along the coast, further alerts have been issued this weekend.

Dorset Echo:

9:28am

MET OFFICE LATEST:

Yellow flood alerts have been issued for rivers and streams in Weymouth.

A spokesman for the MET office said: "River levels are very high and are expected to remain above the flood alert level for at least the next week, due to the influence of the very high groundwater levels.

"There has been further response following last night’s rain. Further persistent and possibly heavy rain of between 15-20 mm of rain is expected on Saturday and further showers on Sunday which may cause levels to increase further."

Flood alerts are also in place for groundwater flooding in West Dorset as well as for rivers and streams in the area.

Groundwater levels along the South Winterbourne Valley remain above the flood warning level but are beginning to stabilise.

A flood alert is also in place for the Lower Frome and its tributaries.

 

 

9:21am

There are renewed safety warnings after a huge rockfall onto the beach at Burton Bradstock.

Read the full story here or pick up a copy of today's Echo.

9:19am

Here are some of the latest travel updates:

A35 Dorset - The road is just passable on A35 eastbound between Bere Regis and Bakers Arms Roundabout, Lytchett Minster in Lytchett Minster, because of flooding.

Clenston Road in Winterborne Stickland blocked near the Dunbury Lane junction, because of flooding.

The Road, North Dorset, both ways between Stubhampton and Tarrant Gunville The road between the Stubhampton junction and the Tarrant Gunville junction, because of flooding.

West Stafford Bypass  partially blocked at the West Stafford junction, because of flooding.

Milton Road in Milborne St Andrew closed in both directions around the A354 The Square junction, because of flooding.

9:17am

Morning everyone.

Check here for your latest weather and travel updates.

If you have any photos or information to add please let us know here.

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11:44am Sat 18 Jan 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

DORSET councils have issued safety advice concerning landslides.
A spokesman said: "Landslides and rock falls are more likely to happen after very heavy rainfall or storms
I am really glad that the councils have issued this safety advice because I never realised this (:o))
DORSET councils have issued safety advice concerning landslides. A spokesman said: "Landslides and rock falls are more likely to happen after very heavy rainfall or storms I am really glad that the councils have issued this safety advice because I never realised this (:o)) IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
  • Score: 4

11:49am Sat 18 Jan 14

Dorset Boy says...

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE wrote:
DORSET councils have issued safety advice concerning landslides.
A spokesman said: "Landslides and rock falls are more likely to happen after very heavy rainfall or storms
I am really glad that the councils have issued this safety advice because I never realised this (:o))
Council is quoted as saying use 'common sense'. Do they not realise that common sense is a swear word, and does not apply to the English language any more
[quote][p][bold]IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE[/bold] wrote: DORSET councils have issued safety advice concerning landslides. A spokesman said: "Landslides and rock falls are more likely to happen after very heavy rainfall or storms I am really glad that the councils have issued this safety advice because I never realised this (:o))[/p][/quote]Council is quoted as saying use 'common sense'. Do they not realise that common sense is a swear word, and does not apply to the English language any more Dorset Boy
  • Score: 10

5:00pm Sat 18 Jan 14

kildare43 says...

Had a stroll down to Hive Beach this afternoon and sure enough, a man and a woman were climbing all over the rockfall and only left when they realised they were about to be cut off by the tide. What a pity, I was watching and waiting for the overhang to fall so I could shout "Morons"
Had a stroll down to Hive Beach this afternoon and sure enough, a man and a woman were climbing all over the rockfall and only left when they realised they were about to be cut off by the tide. What a pity, I was watching and waiting for the overhang to fall so I could shout "Morons" kildare43
  • Score: 5
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