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Gloucestershire live weather and flooding updates: River Severn reaching critical levels in Gloucester

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 11, 2014

  • Flooding at Lydbrook (picture by Natasha Marfell)

Comments (8) Flood warnings across Gloucestershire are causing concern for residents along the River Severn as the country braces itself for more wet weather. The Toby Carvery at Over is one of the many properties to have been hit and staff there were having to watch on as water was pumped out of the restaurant this morning.Some 18 houses along the banks of the River Severn at Haw Bridge, near Tirley, have been flooded, with some houses dealing with up to one foot of water. Tirley parish councillors say the homeowners are currently stranded and they are working 'around the clock' to help them out.One Hempsted resident said: "Rea Lane in Hempsted village is flooded and it's so deep you can't even get a 4x4 through it. 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 the 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."It is also thought that around 17 homes have been flooded in Stroud and more flooding has been reported in Frampton-on-Severn.The Severn running alongside The Quay, in Gloucester, looks dangerously close to spilling over onto the road today too.Heavy rain is expected in Gloucester and Stroud throughout the day on Wednesday while 30cm of rainfall could cause further flooding in vulnerable areas.The Met Office has also issued a yellow warning for snow today, tomorrow and Thursday. It is most likely to fall in the early hours of Thursday.Cheltenham and Tewkesbury are also on alert, although Bredon Road, in Tewkesbury, is now open as water has subsided.River levels will stay high for quite some time, according to the Environment Agency, with small streams expected to rise quickly.Motorists have been warned about dangerous driving conditions on the roads while passengers travelling East by train are being urged to only do so if it is absolutely necessary.Tewkesbury Road between Longford Roundabout and the Down Hatherley Lane junction is only just passable due to flooding.And the A417 is closed in both directions between Maisemore and Over Roundabout, because of flooding.Diversion are in operation.Newent Community School has cancelled its planned post-16 evening and careers fair on Thursday evening due to severe weather warnings.USEFUL WEATHER AND FLOODING LINKSEnvironment Agency flood warnings in place in GloucestershireLatest Gloucestershire weather forecast Glosprepared Met Office Gloucestershire County Council flooding advice Interactive flooding map

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  • Aletheia  |  February 11 2014, 7:05PM

    As usual, we have the police out there doing what they can, volunteers, the Army and yet the one emergency service their who has any appropriate equipment don't seem to think it is serious enough for them to get out of bed. Who am I talking about? The Fire and RESCUE service. Yes, that's right they are not only there to put out fires but also to help rescue us from the elements. I can only presume that, being that they are allowed to go to bed whilst at their fire stations, they have deemed it not bad enough to get out of their pyjamas yet. They are the only profession I know of that get paid to go to work and sleep. Just how bad does it have to get before they come out of their brand new fire stations in Gloucestershire and get their hands dirty????!

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  • Lecorche  |  February 11 2014, 2:55PM

    @North Glos EPC: Flash floods would drain out quicker if there were escape facilities for the water. Even a solitary pipe feeding a lower lagoon would work better than waiting for natural soakaway to work. It probably wouldn't necessary to clear the whole flood plains of housing. Just enough to put a (Levie)? In to dam off the higher habitats or pastures. As you state,we'll all need scuba tubes before the Canutes spend our taxes on something worthwhile.

  • Tglos  |  February 11 2014, 12:05PM

    Its too late they started yesterday making the new road for the housing estate, even though the fields are all under water

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  • North Glos EPC  |  February 11 2014, 11:20AM

    Lecorche, There is some sense in your suggestion, especially about building on flood plains, and I would add areas prone to flash flooding also, but that's far too sensible an idea for the current set of powers that be. So don't hold your breath.

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  • Mike_Smith_Gl  |  February 11 2014, 11:18AM

    Whilst I agree that building on flood plains is stupid, that is the result not the cause. The problem is building on catchment areas, especially the green belt. Instead of fields to absorb rainfall, we have roads, roofs and hard standing from which the water rapidly runs off...to where? To the streams and drainage that simply cannot cope. I accept that this does not apply to water coming down the river from the Welsh hills but we need to tackle the problem at source not at the end. This point has also been raised in with reference to the Somerset Levels where run off is rapid from the hills and onto the flat land of the Levels. And let's not forget that building flood defences in one place simply moves the problem to another place.

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  • Lecorche  |  February 11 2014, 11:00AM

    Maybe we need to think outside the political and self serving boxes to come up with a solution. Instead of fighting nature and blaming climate changes we could amend our lifestyles to adapt and survive a new environment. No more building on flood plains and relocate existing populations to higher grounds. Then create lake or lagoon districts that are capable of retaining all future floods. Couple all this to a society that puts people before nimbys and allow housing to be built in places that currently contain people that frown on the "common" neighbour.

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  • North Glos EPC  |  February 11 2014, 10:26AM

    I remember the A38 between Longford and Down Hatherley closed back in 2007 because of flooding. A once in a hundred year event they said, and here we are only 7 years later close to that again. And our dopey planners want to steal Green Belt and build just to the East of this road which can only make things worse by reducing land drainage. Hope they see sense, Hope they don't do it, but if the idiots do hope no one is thick enough to buy one of these houses. And if they tell you there will be flood defenses remember they cost money to build and maintain, money not always there, so reliance on these defenses will be very risky. Ask the poor souls living along the Thames or in Somerset about flood defenses.

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  • SandraPee  |  February 11 2014, 10:02AM

    ..........and they want to build hundreds of new houses between Longford/Twigworth,/Down Hatherley........ on the floodplain ! No common sense or thought of the implications for others already living living in the area .

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