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Gloucestershire weather: Family rescued from Gloucester floodwaters as more rain predicted

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 05, 2014

  • Business as usual, sort of, on Sandhurst Lane

Comments (0) * Severe flood warnings removed for River Severn - but concerns levels will peak on Tuesday* Heavy rain expected until Monday night* A417 Maisemore closed between The Rudge and A40 due to flooding* B4213 in Tirley closed in both directions between the Ham Road junction and the Wick Lane junction, because of flooding.* Elderly woman, child and another woman rescued from Sandhurst floods

Severe flood warnings have been removed from Gloucestershire, but forecasters are warning the storms may not be over.But flood warnings and alerts remain in place on the rivers Severn, Wye and Frome and more heavy downpours are predicted.River levels are anticipated to peak on Tuesday adding to the already swollen rivers.Firefighters were called to Sandhurst Lane in Gloucester just before 10am to rescue an elderly woman trapped in her flooding home.Her grandchildren called the fire service after they were concerned about flood water entering her home.They also took another woman and a child to safety at the same time.A spokesman for Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service said: “The crew were quickly on scene and checked the water levels before using the service Land Rover to continue to the property.“The land rover was used to move the elderly lady to safety and to her family who were waiting. “Crews also removed a second adult female and child to safety.”Dawn Ray and her husband Sam, of Sandhurst, spent £100,000 raising their Riverside Villas home 12ft off the ground on stilts. Their home was under four feet of water in the severe floods of 2007.Mrs Ray said: “The levels are high and rising.“I won’t be leaving the house until the levels go down that’s for sure.”With heavy rains forecast throughout the night, it is set to continue through to Monday.A new warning has been issued by the Environment Agency for the Wye Estuary in Gloucestershire.Dave Throup from the Environment Agency has been busy tweeting about the situation here in the county.

The Environment Agency removed all severe flood warnings for Gloucestershire on Saturday afternoon.The warnings at Westbury, Broadoak and Newnham on the Severn Estuary, on the tidal Severn from Elmore to Rodley and on the River Severn at River Severn at Minsterworth and Quedgeley were downgraded but there is still a risk of further floods.It followed the River Severn bursting its banks on Friday morning when the Severn Bore overtopped flood defences and left devastation in its wake.Flood warnings remain in place along the River Severn today as the high tide peaked at around midday and will again at midnight.Some 17 flood warnings are in place across the Midlands, while a further 30 flood alerts are still in force.An Environment Agency spokesman said on Sunday afternoon: "At the moment everything is looking at what is coming next and we are acting accordingly."It is certainly not over and this weather has not finished."The Met Office is predicting a lot more rain again into next week so we would urge people to remain vigilant for the foreseeable future."Forecaster Matt Dobson for MeteoGroup said the rain "simply has nowhere to go" after weeks of severe weather.He said: "It's very unusual to have so many powerful storms come in one after the other in such a short space of time; we haven't seen anything like this since about 1991."The nasty weather of the last few days is going to continue across the UK, with the combination of high tides and a powerful storm putting coastal areas particularly at risk."Any rain will mean more flooding as the ground is saturated and swollen rivers are coming up against strong waves. The water simply has nowhere to go."Zog Ziegler’s home in Hawbridge, close to the Severn, is in danger of being flooded for the fourth time since 2007.The 60-year-old expected to be underwater by Monday or Tuesday after it narrowly escaped flooding during Saturday’s bore.He said: “I had a very nervous peak at 6am and it is at a very worrying stage. It isn’t a result of the rain water coming up, but by the bore pushing the river the wrong way.“I am really concerned. I imagine by Monday or Tuesday we will be going under.”Zog said he became islanded in his home, with water coming in from all directions, and finally meeting under the kitchen table.He added: “I bought the house in 2002 and I loved the river, but it has now taken custody of my life.“It is like a creeping cancer and there is nothing you can do about it.“I don’t think it is like the levels of 2007, but the rain has been relentless and it does remind me of that year.“Nothing is being done and nobody seems to care. This will be our second Christmas that has been completely wiped out.”James Jesic, waste water manager for Severn Trent said: “Over the last few days, we’ve had to deal with significantly more incidents of flooding that we would normally see at this time of year. “We know that sewer flooding is one of the worst things that can happen to our customers and although this situation is challenging for us, we are working hard to do everything we can for those who have been affected.“We were aware that this weather was coming and we’ve worked hard to get ready for it. We’ve got extra staff on the phones in our call centre and additional teams available out and about across the region, working round the clock to deal with flooding issues.”Send your pictures of flooding near you to citizen.news@glosmedia.co.ukUSEFUL WEATHER AND FLOODING LINKSEnvironment Agency flood warnings in place in GloucestershireLatest Gloucestershire weather forecast Glosprepared Met Office Gloucestershire County Council flooding advice Interactive flooding mapSevern Bore times

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