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Flooding and travel problems throughout Gloucestershire

By GlosEchonews  |  Posted: September 24, 2012

  • Emergency services in Steam Mills

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Heavy rain caused widespread problems for commuters and householders in Gloucestershire today.
Heavy rain hit the county this morning leading to flashflooding on roads and some properties being flooded in the Forest of Dean.

Crews from Cinderford, Coleford and Dursley have been using their pumping equipment to remove water and have also created gullies to help divert the water from properties and back into the drainage system.

Firefighters had to pump water out of 12 houses in the Steam Mills area of Cinderford.

Sandbags and gullies were also used to try and protect the properties

Crews were also called to deal with flooding at homes in Little Drybrook and Berkeley.

It comes as 80mm of rain had been predicted to fall - almost a month’s rain yesterday.

Police said several crashes were caused in the area by cars skidding on surface water. No one was seriously injured.

They also had reports of an abandoned car near Cinderford and roads blocked by water in Hopes Hill in Newnham and Elton Road at the junction with the A48.

Trees were blown down in Littledean Hill and Clearwell, blocking the roads.

A broken down car on the Cheltenham bound side of the Golden Valley carriageway was hit by another two cars this morning causing severe traffic disruption.

Police said occupants in the vehicles which hit the car suffered minor injuries including cuts and bruises.

The roof of Winchcombe Library partially collapsed due to the heavy rain and the library is expected to be closed for a week.

Have you been affected by flooding?

Contact our reporter Laura Enfield on 01452 698828 or laure.enfield@glosmedia.co.uk

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  • glaws_gal  |  September 24 2012, 8:14PM

    I saw the broken down car on the golden valley this morning - it had its warning lights flashing - the thing is it was dark and heavy rain and people failed to notice it was not moving until it was too late - I was in the right hand 'overtaking lane' and 2 cars swerved in front of me to miss it. People were not paying attention and going too fast - I hope all involved were ok

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  • Matt1006  |  September 24 2012, 6:14PM

    Browserz: - rules 226 & 236 of the Highway Code apply: 226: You MUST use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced, generally when you cannot see for more than 100 metres (328 feet). You may also use front or rear fog lights but you MUST switch them off when visibility improves (see Rule 236). 236: You MUST NOT use front or rear fog lights unless visibility is seriously reduced (see Rule 226) as they dazzle other road users and can obscure your brake lights. You MUST switch them off when visibility improves. So the way I read it, visibility of 100m (328ft) is the cut-off point. Even with the dark conditions and amounts of spray, the visibility on the M5 this morning was far in excess of 100m. So rear fog lights should NOT have been used. Judgment call at the end of the day. Except when fog lights have been used 1st thing when justified, but are still on later in the day when there isn't a cloud in the sky...

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  • Browserz  |  September 24 2012, 5:07PM

    Matt1006 I may be wrong but the rear fog light is a high visibility lamp to be used for safety in occasions of low visability. So if travelling on a motorway say and due to spray there is a major imapct on the visibility of other cars then the use of 'fog' (high visibility) lights is surely sensible.

  • the_mogul  |  September 24 2012, 11:05AM

    Did the writer of this article think the picture was funny? Flooding can cause deaths and I will leave this as being 'distastful' at the very least.

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  • Douglasknows  |  September 24 2012, 10:30AM

    I went out with the dog this morning (he doesn't care what the weather is) and the flooding in the fields around a brook was the worst I'd seen since 2007.

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  • forester_girl  |  September 24 2012, 9:56AM

    Stationary isn't it? Not moving... therefor parked up... Yep, exactly Matt, if everyone used their brains I'm sure they could of avoided that. People need to drive more sensible, someone overtook me this morning when I slowed down for a flooded road, caused a car coming the other way to swerve.

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  • Matt1006  |  September 24 2012, 9:52AM

    Not quite parked up, forester_girl. Broken down is not parked. But perhaps the drivers of the 2 cars that hit it weren't paying enough attention, particularly given the horrible conditions - presumably many vehicles did manage to pass by the broken down car without incident...??? And given how dark it was gone 8am, not to mention the huge amounts of spray, why do some drivers still think it's OK to drive on the motorway in such conditions with NO lights on at all? Morons. And to some other drivers, TURN YOUR REAR FOG LIGHTS OFF - there's a clue in the name. No fog this morning.

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  • forester_girl  |  September 24 2012, 8:57AM

    Hitting a parked up car? Well done people!

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  • Michael_AH  |  September 24 2012, 8:42AM

    shame the number plate on that car isnt visible or TIG could pass it on to the police - a clear example of someone driving without due care

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