Flooding can happen without warning. It occurs from a variety of different weather events. Heavy rainfall and melting snow and ice can cause flooding.

Dorset is subject to 3 main types of flooding:

  • Tidal and coastal flooding
  • Rivers (fluvial)
  • Surface water
  • Groundwater


Steps to prepare for and during a flood

If you live in an area that has a risk of flooding, be prepared in advance:

  • Check whether your property is within a flood risk area.
  • You may be able to register for the Environment Agency’s free flood warnings service, via telephone, text or email
  • Listen to your local radio for updates
  • Have sufficient insurance for your property
  • Sign up for flood warnings

Visit the websites below for further information and advice:





  • Risk to the lives of people and animals
  • Damage to properties, businesses, roads, agricultural land
  • Pollution of environment
  • Long term effects to tourism, business and agriculture


  • Disruption to electricity and water supplies
  • Properties being flooded
  • Residents being evacuated from their homes
  • Health problems
  • Access and egress routes are compromised


Risk Rating: High

(depending on the risks: Fluvial Flooding, Coastal Flood, Surface Water Flooding)

Car caught in flood
Flooded drain