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Gloucestershire weather latest: Environment Agency downgrades flood risk on River Severn in the county

By jrmaidment  |  Posted: February 17, 2014

Environment Agency downgrades flood risk on River Severn in Gloucestershire
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Swollen rivers in Gloucestershire are no longer posing a risk to life, the Environment Agency has said.

River levels are still very high in the county and are likely to remain that way for at least the next few days but flooding is not expected to get any worse.

The Environment Agency has now downgraded its warnings related to the River Severn in the county with 12 now in place, the worst of which rank on the second tier of the agency’s three level warning scale.

In Gloucester river levels are not expected to be high enough to breach the flood defences at Alney Island.

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However a warning for the area is still in place because of the potential for flooding through water seeping underneath the defence.

A pump is in place to keep this under control.

Meanwhile in Tewkesbury at Mythe the Severn is currently steady at 4.41 metres.

Despite the Environment Agency’s decision to downgrade its warnings in Gloucestershire the flooding is still causing problems, particularly for motorists and rail commuters.

The A417 at Maisemore is currently closed both ways between The Rudge and the A40 while the A419 Swindon Road Preston is closed both ways between Kingshill Lane and Cricklade Road in Cirencester.

Spitalgate Lane in Cirencester is also closed both ways between A435 Abbey Way and Gloucester Street.

There is also disruption this morning on the line between Cardiff Central and Gloucester because of flooding.

Intermittent light rain has been forecast for today while heavier showers are expected this evening.

The forecast for the rest of the week is wet, but drier than it has been in recent weeks.

Latest Gloucestershire weather forecast

Met Office

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