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Weather: Warnings for further storms Boxing Day evening and Friday - flood alerts issued

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 26, 2013


A dry start for Gloucestershire will make way for a wet and windy evening

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Gloucestershire is bracing itself for more flooding with heavy winds and rain expected to hit tonight, throughout the weekend and into Monday.

It will be a mostly dry start for the county today with some sunny spells and light winds but a few showers are expected, especially in the west of the region.

It will turn windy this evening, with strong gusts of up to 50mph predicted by forecasters.

Tonight it will be turning wet and very windy from the west with outbreaks of heavy rain expected at 9pm clearing to showers by morning.

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Severe gales are expected on coasts, with gales inland.

Temperatures will reach highs of 5-6 degrees this afternoon.

There are six flood warning in place in Gloucestershire, with most around Tewkesbury.

Residents have been warned to take action to protect their homes against flooding with more bad weather.

The flood warnings are for the River Severn at Ashleworth, the River Severn at Severn Ham in Tewkesbury, the River Severn at Chaceley and Haw Bridge, the River Severn at Abbots Court in Deerhurst, the River Severn at Apperley and The Leigh.

On Friday, further blustery showers are expected with gales lasting for much of the day. Some sunny spells are possible at times too. Temperatures will reach highs of 9 degrees in the afternoon.

During the weekend it will be breezy with scattered showers. There may be some heavy showers.

It will be brighter for a time on Sunday before wet and windy weather returns overnight into Monday.

Stephen Marks, spokesman for the Environment Agency, warned heavy rain at the start of next week could mean a flood risk later in the week.

Heavy rain earlier this week is also causing river banks to burst, which could lead to treacherous driving conditions.

He is warning drivers to be careful on the roads and not risk driving through standing water.

He added: “If there is widespread flooding in your area then don’t travel and if a road is closed then turn around and make a detour.

“Your journey could take you a little longer but making the right decision could ultimately save your life.”

National Rail has not issued any warnings of trains being delayed or cancelled.

Tewkesbury Community Hospital’s minor injuries unit remains closed as its car park is flooded.

Chief Fire Officer Jon Hall, at Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue, said: “We can’t stress enough how important it is to avoid floodwater wherever it occurs across the county.

“There is no way of knowing how deep the flooding is or what lies beneath, so the only advice is to avoid these routes.

“Our teams will continue to respond to any emergency calls and protect properties when possible.”

Councillor Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “These conditions are going to cause disruption when on the roads and travelling to see loved ones, but I would encourage people to remain calm and to take extra care if they are out driving, particularly on higher speed rural roads.

“Since the flooding in 2007, a lot of work has been done to improve our drainage systems.

“However, we still encourage people to think about their journeys before they set off and always avoid driving through floodwater.

“Our road crews put in tremendous effort battling against the elements around the clock to keep the county moving.

“I would like to thank crews for their dedication braving the weather so we can go about our daily lives, especially in the run up to Christmas.”

Firefighters were called to The Ham in Tewkesbury on Christmas morning to help rescue a lamb islanded by floodwater.

Crews were called out at 9am and some 11 firefighters rescued the animal before returning it to the farmer.

On Christmas Eve three people had to be rescued from the roof of a car following flooding in Ddibrook.

Firefighters were called out at 12.15pm after floodwater collected under a railway bridge in the village, near Winchcombe.

A spokesman for the service, said: “Upon arrival the firefighters were faced with the rescue of three people from the roof of a car.

“They managed to wade into the water and carry each person to the safety of dry ground without any injuries.

“The firefighters were at the scene for 45 minutes.”

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  • InsidetheEA  |  December 28 2013, 6:56PM

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  • Snappy_Happer  |  December 26 2013, 11:34AM

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