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Flood warnings for Gloucestershire as gales and heavy rain batter county overnight

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 27, 2013

  • Tredworth Road Bridge on Christmas Eve

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Flood warnings remain in place on the River Severn this morning with home owners being warned to prepare for the worst.

The Environment Agency has placed a second level warning on the River Severn at Severn Ham near Tewkesbury which means it expects there to be flooding in the area and that action is required.

The warning encompasses the area around Abbey Mill, Upper and Lower Lode and Shakespeare Court.

There is also a level one flood warning on the stretch of the Severn between Tewkesbury and Gloucester, meaning flooding is possible.

At The Dog at Over, managers are bracing themselves for further floods after heavy rain earlier this week saw them shut on Christmas Eve.

Jon Hunt, who lives near by, told the Citizen he was braced for floods at his house. On Christmas Eve, the family took their ground floor possessions upstairs, including the Christmas tree, after the A40 at Over flooded.

However, despite heavy rain overnight and more rain forecast for today the rainfall is “not expected to cause existing river levels to rise significantly”, according to the Environment Agency.

Today will see strong winds continuing to buffer Gloucestershire but the gales are due to subside this evening.

The weekend should see some sunny spells mixed with scattered showers.

There is a risk of hail and thunder and lightning.

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  • InsidetheEA  |  December 28 2013, 7:43PM

    The UBA's motto, For our environment ("Für Mensch und Umwelt") sums up our mission pretty well, we feel. As Germany's main environmental protection agency , our task is to ensure that our fellow citizens have a healthy environment where they are protected against air, water and other pollutants to the greatest extent possible. Here at the UBA, we concern ourselves with an extremely broad spectrum of issues, including waste avoidance, climate protection, and pesticide approvals. You seem to glossed over the fact that France and Denmark EAs have larger coastal areas and face greater risks of flooding, and have more duties. You have also ignored the fact that Englands EA has at least TWICE the budget and staffing levels of ALL THESE EAs COMBINED

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  • InsidetheEA  |  December 28 2013, 7:26PM

    Then why does the EA employ hundreds of PR staff? As for most of the staff being out doing work, most are off for the Xmas holidays, whereas there have been much griping from staff that most staff don't pull their weight when it comes to responding to incidents - as pointed out by other EA member at http://tinyurl.com/pu394rz - as for the German EA - yes, they will be out doing same work fo clearing and maintaining waterways (especially considering the recent flooding in parts of Germany), on top of the far more numerous responsibilities they have. So will the French, Danish and Swedish EAs, whereas Englands EA struggles despite having TWICE the budget and staffing levels of ALL THESE COMBINED.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  December 28 2013, 6:48PM

    Because they have extra responsibilities, they have staff out clearing waterways and maintaining them, they don't do that in Germany do they??????

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  • InsidetheEA  |  December 28 2013, 12:20PM

    Thank you. Shame they have refused to really answer any of the allegations and have simply put out a blanket statement that every EA is different. Doesn't explain what they are doing to limit the abuses taking place, nor does it explain why Englands EA budget and staffing level is twice as large as the French, German, Danish and Swedish EAs combined.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  December 28 2013, 11:21AM

    In response to the comment bellow - http://tinyurl.com/q9aa8nu

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  • InsidetheEA  |  December 27 2013, 11:37AM

    Environment Agency Flood Defence Assets - Manipulation of Figures - Are they fit for purpose? EA Whistleblower blog explains http://tinyurl.com/o6y5w5r

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