Fire officers have advised drivers on how to approach flood water.

Advice states that drivers should approach flooded patches of road with caution, and to only attempt to drive through it if they are sure it is shallow enough.

A spokesman for Sherborne Fire Station said: "Driving through flood water is dangerous. If you are able to use an alternative route then do so; it’s far better to arrive late than not to arrive at all. Only drive through flood water if you are sure that it is shallow and, when making the decision on whether to drive through it or not, you should bear in mind the following facts: 30cm of flowing water is enough to move the average family car; 60cm of standing water will float a car; 15cm of fast flowing water can knock a pedestrian off their feet. Drive safe out there."