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Dorset hit by torrential downpour
9:15am Monday 24th September 2012 in Latest
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- Motorists faced flooded roads across Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch this morning
- Conditions have settled but a yellow "be aware" warning for rain remains in place until 4pm on Monday
- Warnings have also been issued for Tuesday and Wednesday for heavy and prolonged showers, accompanied by gusty winds
- A woman became stranded in high water in Sandbanks Road and was helped to safety by staff from Dorset Property Maintenance.
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@Bournemouthecho 36.6mm of rain fell yesterday here, 22.8mm fell today, 12.6mm falling in one hour. A 24hr period saw 50mm— @WarehamWeather 24 September 2012
Alex Savu sent us in this picture of cars making their way through the floods near Bournemouth Town Hall
But Charlie Powell, forecaster at the Met Office, said there is still a chance of rain on the coast.
He said the Bournemouth and Poole area had seen the heaviest rain in the county over the last two days.
In the last 24 hours #Hereford has seen the most rainfall, with 64.6 mm recorded— @metoffice 24 September 2012
Dr Richard Wild of WeatherNet in Bournemouth has said that the rain is petering out and we may see sunny spells later.
He said we have had two inches of rain over the last two days, the heaviest rain since June.
It looks like the flooding at Sandbanks Road in Poole is easing off.
The Met Office has Dorset under a severe weather warning of yellow, advising people to be aware.
Things seem to be easing off for the time being.
A sewage cover has also blown up in the gardens, but it is just a small amount of sewage which has come out.
The water is expected to go down within the hour.
Our reporter Caitlin has just been speaking Robin Garrett, Head Gardener at Bournemouth Council, who said: “We start work at 7am and the stream has been overflowing since then as we have had quite heavy downpour this morning.
“It’s not un-common in Bournemouth, as I think we had something like this in August, and of course last year.
“The water comes up very quickly but it also goes down very quickly, so you just have to wait for it to go away.
“We have closed part of the gardens, but it should drain away within the hour.
“It is fairly safe to use, although we will leave that up to people to judge for themselves if they still wish to walk here, although they will get very wet.
Cars take it slow through the water at Braidley Road. Picture: Richard Crease.
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A cyclist battles through the flooded Central Gardens in Bournemouth. Picture by Richard Crease.
Here's a picture of Bournemouth gardens this morning taken by Echo photographer Jon Beal.
Other parts of Dorset have been hit by the heavy rain too.
Max Gate roundabout near Dorchester was flooded during rush hour and the nearby junction of the A35 and Wareham Road also had a lot of surface water.
Police said the A352 at Whitcombe was flooded East of Broadmayne.
@Bournemouthecho 10mm (2/5th inch) fell in an hour this morning on top of yesterdays deluge— @Jim_AFCB 24 September 2012
There have been police reports of flooding at various roads across Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch.
Poole Lane in Bournemouth was flooded with three quarters of the road covered in water.
Lower Gardens and Central Gardens were both affected with the War Memorial surrounded in water after the Bourne Stream burst its banks.
The junction of Bourne Valley Road and Coy Pond Road was affected too.
There was "severe" flooding on Sandbanks Road Close to Wedgewood Drive in Poole, where drivers have already been affected by the temporary traffic lights.
There were also reports of the road up to Avon Beach cafe being flooded.
Picture of Poole near Whitecliff this morning sent in by reader Chris Cesarz
@BBCRadioSolent @Bournemouthecho Seen flooding in #B'mouth Gardens but not like today. Huge overflow from the stream http://t.co/5p5R1YUA— @tenphosail 24 September 2012
@Bournemouthecho Some nasty flooding on Christchurch bypass all the way into Highcliffe. Take it slow, its deeper than it looks!— @RobynLeanne 24 September 2012
@Bournemouthecho Cabot Lane flooded - big queues :(— @Tashirasbubble 24 September 2012
Dorset was hit by a torrential downpour overnight and early on Monday morning.
Drivers are being urged to take extra care on the roads because of the large amount of standing water.
Traffic has been moving more slowly than usual through Bournemouth and Poole due to the conditions and drivers are advised to allow longer for journeys.
There were reports of flooding at Whitecliff in Poole.
A woman whose car became stranded in high water in Sandbanks Road was helped to safety by staff from Dorset Property Maintenance.
Towns from Christchurch to Weymouth are covered by the Environment Agency's general early notification of possible flooding and are under their flood alert category.