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Gloucestershire weather: Storms should have abated but flood warnings remain for Gloucester and near Stroud

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 16, 2014

Sunset over Gloucestershire

Sunset over Gloucestershire

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It seems to the be the lull after the storm.

Although today has dawned bright, and thankfully dry and still after the battering Gloucestershire took on Friday night and Saturday morning, a close eye is being kept on the weather and the flood situation.

The severe flood warning – which means there is a possible threat to life - issued for Alney Island in Gloucester on Friday has been downgraded.

But flood warnings remain for the island and throughout the county.

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The agency has warned of flooding in 25 locations along the River Severn from Upton upon Severn just over the northern border of Gloucestershire to Gloucester.

There are also warnings for the Avon at Strensham and Bredon and the River Frome at Brimscombe and Thrupp near Stroud.

Prime Minister David Cameron has warned that although the series of storms that has battered the southern UK for weeks may have abated, the misery caused by flooding may get worse, owing to the ground throughout the region being saturated.

Speaking while visiting flood-struck Chertsey in Surrey he said: "Thankfully, it does appear that we will see less rain and wind over the next few days," he said.

"However, after so much rain over recent weeks, groundwater levels remain very high and in many places will continue to rise."

The Met Office forecast for Gloucestershire says it will remain dry today with rain a possibility on Monday and Tuesday. Heavier rain is forecast for Thursday, but no severe weather warnings have been issued.

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This picture of a spectacular sunset on Saturday night was taken by reader, Emma Barnfield.

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On Friday night and throughout Saturday, fallen trees kept Gloucestershire Highways busy.

Clearing up took place throughout the early hours but one tree brought down power cables at Cowcombe Hill near Chalford in Stroud meaning the road was closed to traffic.

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service also attended fallen trees in Hardwicke and Hucclecote.

Gritters were out last night as temperatures on the road surface fell to -2C.

River levels are expected to rise and fall over the next few days, but are not expected to exceed the levels already seen this month. Although the weather is improving, floodwater is expected to remain for some time to come.

The roads which remain closed due to flooding are:

• A417 Maisemore

• B4213 Hawbridge

• Sandhurst Lane Gloucester

• Spitalgate Lane Cirencester

The A38 at Norton and Gloucester Road in Tewkesbury are both open under temporary traffic lights.

The Gloucestershire Local Resilience Forum is reassuring local communities that support will be available for as long as needed.

The military is also still helping in the county.

Staff Sergeant Dave Granger, 4 Close Support Battalion REME said: “We are pleased to be supporting Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service on these flood taskings helping residents in need. These are the people who support us and our families when we are deployed on operations so it is good to give something back."

Gloucestershire Constabulary continue their patrols in affected areas.

Councillor Vernon Smith, county council cabinet member for highways and flood, said: “My thanks go out to all the agencies in Gloucestershire for their great work which is keeping residents safe and delivering vital services to flooded communities.

“Residents in Tewkesbury have also passed their special thanks to Gloucestershire Highways for the three pumps they installed to keep Ashchurch Road into Tewkesbury open.”

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  • GoldPony  |  February 17 2014, 7:21PM

    Great picture. We also started the year with an amazing sunset. http://tinyurl.com/nejbozv

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  • byfionadesign  |  February 16 2014, 6:05PM

    The cost of rebuilding flood affected areas will be huge. Yet more business won't be able to absorb the loss of earnings – the insurance companies will take massive hit – this can potentially wipe out any form of recovery we were hoping for. Flood affected families will not rush to spend money on the high street – more rebuilding lives. I found a good free guide covering all aspects of flood related insurance policy questions here: null

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