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Flood warnings still in place in Gloucestershire as risk of flooding continues

By Maryam_Qaiser  |  Posted: February 03, 2014

Steven Griffiths of Gloucestershire Highways on the flooded A417 Gloucester to Maisemore road on Sunday

Steven Griffiths of Gloucestershire Highways on the flooded A417 Gloucester to Maisemore road on Sunday

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FLOOD alerts are still in place for many parts of Gloucestershire today.

The Environment Agency has warned there is a continuous risk of flooding, with severe flood warnings between Elmore and Rodley and Minsterworth and Quedgeley.

The high tide levels at the Ministerworth Gauge were expected to reach between 5.9 and 6.1 metres yesterday evening and between 6.0 and 6.2 metres this morning.

Properties at Weir Green, Minsterworth, Elmore and Minsterworth could be affected by flooding, due to the overtopping of the tidal defences.

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Residents in Hempsted are also at risk along the River Severn at Hempsted where the Gauge level is expected to rise to between 4.0 and 4.2 metres this morning.

A flood alert has also been issued for the River Severn from Tewkesbury to Gloucester.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of rain for county, as rain and wind is expected to cross the area throughout today.

The A417 in Maisemore is closed in both directions between The Rudge junction and the A40 junction, because of flooding.

Temperatures are expected to reach 8C today.

Gloucestershire authorities are preparing once again for this morning's Severn bore and tidal surge.

The surge will be travelling up the estuary at:

• 1000 Sharpness

• 1030 Epney

• 1100 Minsterworth

• 1130 Gloucester

Anthony Perry from the Environment Agency says we are likely to see a similar picture to yesterday, as although the astronomical tide levels are lower, the expected surge could bring levels up to a similar level we saw on Saturday.

He said: "The combined bore, high tide and surge means we may see some of the flood defences along the Severn Estuary overtopping again today.

"With tides expected to remain high and more heavy rain forecast for the middle of next week, we ask communities along the tidal reaches of the Severn and Wye in Gloucestershire to remain vigilant and flood aware.

"Depending on how much rainfall we receive, we could see levels on the Severn remaining high between Tewkesbury and Gloucester, and even increasing towards the end of the week. We are likely to see the smaller watercourses in Gloucestershire rising again this week.

"Our staff continue to work around the clock to protect communities. To subscribe to free flood warnings please contact Floodline on 0845 988 1188. Those already subscribed should take action if they receive a warning message. For the latest information on flooding go to www.environment-agency.gov.uk.

"Our flood defences have protected over 750 properties along the Severn estuary, although are thoughts are very much with those who have been affected by the recent flooding."

Meanwhile, Gloucestershire Police will be on the A48 monitoring the area and Superintendent Emma Ackland is asking people not to take any risks.

She said: "The tidal surges over the weekend were powerful enough to sweep over the A48 at Minsterworth. If necessary, we will be closing the same section of road whilst the tidal surge goes through this morning. This is purely a precaution to keep people safe and we will reopen the road as soon as possible. The key thing is, this is likely to happen after rush hour so we are hoping there will be minimum disruption."

Jason Humm from Gloucestershire Highways says they are continuing to monitor the county's roads but would like to remind people about the dangers of flood water.

He said: "We are continually assessing the situation but would like to remind people not to drive through flood waters. They won’t know how deep the waters are and potential dangers that could be hidden below the surface."

Meanwhile local authorities remain on alert. Tewkesbury Borough and Stroud and Forest of Dean District councils are ready to stand up rest centres if required and are working with the health services to ensure vulnerable people are safe.

For up to date information, visit websitewww.glosprepared.co.uk

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