I am sure you are all aware of the bad forecast and recent heavy rain, but here is the official advice. See the Met Office and Environment Agency web sites for regular updates. Information about sandbags etc. is on this site.

Also, the playground is currently closed after a lot of muddy water ran through it at the weekend and again on 23rd. We will advise when it is cleared up and safe to use.

Flood alert

Water levels in the Rivers in West Dorset including the River Lim are rising and are forecast to exceed bankful conditions. Up to 40 mm of rainfall is forecast between 08:00 and midnight on 23/12/2013

Floodline: Call Floodline on 0845 988 1188, select option 1 and enter Quickdial number 045112 to get more information.

Amber weather warning (wind and rain)

valid from 0700 on Mon 23 Dec 2013 until 0900 on Tue 24 Dec 2013

Weather warnings

Weather warnings generated by the Met Office Weather Widget

A spell of heavy rainfall is expected to affect parts of southern England and South Wales during Monday. This will fall onto saturated ground and lead to a risk of some flooding. Gale to severe gale force winds will be an added hazard, with the potential for very strong gusts across coastal areas.

The public should be prepared for the likelihood of some significant disruption due to the combined hazards of heavy rainfall and high winds.

The rainfall should clear southeast England on Tuesday morning, with the winds moderating from the west.

A deep area of low pressure will sweep an active frontal system across England and Wales on Monday. This will bring 20-40 mm rainfall quite widely, with over 60 mm likely across parts of the high ground of southern England and South Wales. Falling onto saturated ground, this will bring the risk of both surface water and river flooding.

Meanwhile, south to southwesterly winds will increase with gusts 70-80 mph likely around exposed coasts, particularly along the English Channel. Further inland, gusts of 50-60 mph are likely through the amber area, with a lower risk of gusts reaching 70 mph – more especially across southeast England during the evening.