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Floods aftermath will last until next week, warn Environment Agency experts

By citizenmike  |  Posted: February 12, 2014

  • Flooded: Rea Lane, in Hempsted (photo by Jackie Carroll)

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THE aftermath of floods compared to those back in 2000 will still be felt well into next week for most parts of Gloucestershire.

The county is battling against steadily rising flood levels, expected to peak tomorrow, combined with more heavy rain.

Strong gusts of wind could also lead to more trees being felled across the county.

Dave Throup, area manager for the Environment Agency, said that ‘unbelievable torrential rain’ was being pushed through the area on the back of a fresh storm.

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That water is working its way down watercourses from Worcestershire – and Gloucester is ‘at the bottom of the drainpipe’ said Mr Throup.

He added: “We don’t want to panic people by saying it as bad as the 2007 floods because it isn’t but it is still very high and is comparable to what we saw in 2000.”

Water levels in Gloucester were just 30cm below what was recorded in 2007, but Mr Throup believes that a foot ‘will make all the difference’.

Jackie Carroll, from Rea Lane, in Hempsted said that her street was so deep in water that even a 4x4 vehicle could not pass down it. She said: “This is just from surface water, without the river bursting it’s banks.

“The lake in the nature reserve behind us has flooded as well and river is very high.

“The bottom of the garden now has water in it, as does the fields surrounding us.

“If we have more rain it is not going to be good.”

The A38 at Longford was passable but restricted to one lane yesterday. When the road was fully open, residents in the area found water was being pushed into their gardens by passing vehicles.

Met Office warnings of snow have now been removed, but forecasters are predicting a new band of heavy rain to move across the county on Friday and Saturday.

Four flood warnings still remain in place for Gloucester, Longford, Twigworth, Hempsted, Sandhurst and Maisemore according to the Environment Agency.

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