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Gloucestershire Christmas weather and travel: latest updates after flooding hits county

By Michael_Yong  |  Posted: December 25, 2013

By Michael Yong

  • Flooding at Tredworth Road Bridge, Gloucester

  • Flooding at Tredworth Road Bridge, Gloucester

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Flood warnings are still in place in Gloucestershire, but the county has been blessed with calm weather so far this Christmas Day.

The Environment Agency has issued red warnings – the second most serious – for parts of Tewkesbury, Coombe Hill, Lower Apperley and Twyning, and flooding is expected in those places today.

While an amber warning is in place in Upper Slaughter, with residents warned that flooding is possible there.

A red flood warning has been issued by the Environment Agency for the River Severn at Severn Ham, Tewkesbury.

The floods, which are expected to hit Gloucestershire later Christmas day, are expected to affect several parts of Tewkesbury, including Abbey Mill, Upper and Lower Lode and Shakespeare Court.

Weather experts at the Met Office are predicting sunny spells around 12noon today in parts of the county, although temperatures are set stay between 3C (37.4F) and 5C (41F).

Gloucestershire County Council has warned motorists not to attempt driving through floodwater.

The council’s highways crew have been taken off normal duties and will respond to any emergency calls. The team has been busy throughout the day and night clearing gullies and road debris around the county.

Drivers are being warned to avoid known flooded routes, to allow extra time for their journeys and to avoid travelling in peak periods if possible.

Chief Fire Officer Jon Hall said: “We can’t stress enough how important it is to avoid floodwater wherever it occurs across the county. There is no way of knowing how deep the flooding is or what lies beneath, so the only advice is to avoid these routes.

“More than 70 calls were received by Gloucestershire fire service, the majority of which were a direct result of the weather conditions.

Our teams will continue to respond to any emergency calls and protect properties when possible.”

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet members for highways, said: “These conditions are going to cause disruption when on the roads and travelling to see loved ones, but I would encourage people to remain calm and to take extra care if they are out driving, particularly on higher speed rural roads.

“Since the flooding in 2007, a lot of work has been done to improve our drainage systems; however we still encourage people to think about their journeys before they set off and always avoid driving through floodwater.”

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  • InsidetheEA  |  December 28 2013, 12:25PM

    Glos, sorry you lack brain cells to comprehend anything outside your warped world. There is no UK EA - Englands EA, on the other hand, has twice the staffing and budget level as the French, German, Danish and Swedish EA combined, yet the French have more responsibilities (includes energy, environment and a whole host of other activities) and the Danish are at greater risk of flooding and require more flood assets. As for whether I was sacked or prosecuted, you will find the answer is neither. I left of my own accord. Threats from certain EA members means not posting addresses. Easy answers my friend

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  • EllJay1  |  December 27 2013, 4:04PM

    Thank goodness that there is a "Spam" option when you report a posting. I see a lot of posts like that of Julia D Kennedy, always report them and find that they disappear relatively shortly.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  December 26 2013, 12:43PM

    InsidetheEA - You look like you own the site or have been prosecuted or sacked by them and are trying to discredit them. You comparisons are more than inaccurate as the EA within the UK encompass more roles than those within the rest of the EU so if you add up the roles within other EU states what figures do you get? The address published on WHOIS isn't complete so it begs the question why is the registration fraudulent?

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  • InsidetheEA  |  December 26 2013, 12:03PM

    I have questions about the readiness and effectiveness of the flood defences. Henry @ Whistleblower blog http://tinyurl.com/o6y5w5r

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