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Gloucestershire weather and flood update: Strong winds batter county as flood warnings remain

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 14, 2014

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A night of torrential downpours and howling gales has left people in Gloucestershire surveying the damage on Saturday morning.

Alney Island has been downgraded from a severe flood warning to a flood warning, the same as virtually the entire River Severn.

Several roads have been closed because of the weather and debris the strong winds have brought.

-The road between Lydney and the Dean Forest Railway is closed due to overhanging trees

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-Syreford Road is closed from Whittington to Syreford due to a tree down

-Windmill Road is closed from Tom Longs Post to Minchinhampton centre due to a tree across the road

-The B4228 was closed in both directions at Woodcroft, following a tree and power cables coming down. It is now reopen

-Castleford Hill, Tutshill was partially blocked due to a fallen tree. It is now reopen

-The road will be closed at Cowcombe Hill in Chalford until at least 8pm while engineers make safe power cables that have came down in the high winds

-The B4073, Upton St Leonards at the Hatton Court Hotel, closed just after midnight due to a fallen tree and phone lines in the road

-The road between the Beacon car park and College Farm in Haresfield is closed because of a fallen tree

-The main road into Breadstone, Berkeley is closed due to a fallen tree

A tree on the rail line near Kemble is causing disruption to services from Swindon towards Gloucester.

A Met Office spokesman said wind speeds hit 67mph in the county overnight, peaking at 5am.

With the River Severn at its highest level for years, more rain is expected today.

The Met Office says a mix of light and heavy showers is predicted on Saturday and has issued yellow warnings for rain and wind.

Royal Marine troops were deployed to the county yesterday to lay out sandbags.

With the River Severn at its highest level for years, Severn Trent water have said that they are confident the Mythe water treatment plant, which flooded in 2007 will be safe from inundation.

Military troops have helped communities prepare for the weekend.

The troops from Wiltshire-based 3rd (UK) Division under the command of 43 (Wessex) Brigade were at Imjin Barracks in Innsworth to pack 20,000 sandbags for distribution to affected residents in Tewkesbury.

Gloucestershire Highways continues to keep a close eye on the county’s roads and Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service and Gloucestershire Police are providing a coordinated emergency response with partner agencies.

Citizen weather expert Ian Thomas is in no doubt that it has been the wettest winter on record in Gloucestershire.

He said: “For the three months from December 1 to February 28 the previous record was 425.5mm of rain in Dursley, and we have already gone past that mark to 430mm now.

“I’m sure that is the case for the rest of Gloucestershire too as it has been wetter elsewhere in the county.

“We still have someway to go to reach the levels of May to July in 2007 and also October to December on 2000. The wet weather in 1947 is still the benchmark.

“It will be much of the same today and tomorrow with sunshine and showers, some heavy before another weather front moves up from the south into Monday. There is no end in sight yet."

One resident of Sandhurst Lane has been left exasperated with the response of the emergency services. The resident, who did not want to be named, contacted the Citizen to say: "Gloucestershire Police have ignored a 999 call made at around 9.30pm on Thursday on a very flooded Sandhurst Lane after a boat full of people who were definitely not emergency services were asked to identify themselves but impolitely declined after they were spotted travelling up a dark Sandhurst Lane in a motored boat.

"Flood victims are concerned for any remaining property and there is a real concern people are looking to take advantage of possible vacated homes. Residents feel they have been neglected by emergency services already and this is the final straw.

"Residents have been unable to get out of flooded properties to get supplies, in places flood water is 4 to 5 foot deep and the only way to get out is under the A40 bridge which is wild and incredibly dangerous, Resembling a set of rapids. No basic supplies have been delivered to any remaining residents which include a 70-year-old lady and a bed bound endometriosis sufferer."

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11 comments

  • GlosAnarchy  |  February 16 2014, 10:28AM

    When are people going to wake up to the fact that we need to demolish the bridge at Maismore and replace it with one with a lot larger span (about the same size as Westgate). Install adjustable weirs on both channels to allow greater flow during times of flood risk, lowering the weir in Maismore should have the affect of lowering the level in the east channel and help stop the flooding and lowing the weir in Gloucester will have yet more affect! Anyone want to mention dredging aught to read the following - http://tinyurl.com/cpr2uyd and then do a bit of research about fluid dynamics!

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  • jackson99  |  February 16 2014, 12:22AM

    With all the experts at the Met Office and there computers how was that In mid-November, two weeks before the first of the storms, they predicted persistent high pressure for the winter, which was 'likely to lead to drier-than-normal conditions across the country'.

  • citon  |  February 15 2014, 8:09PM

    Kay, I wonder if it is some illiterate who objects to us having to proof read the journalist's output? Now that the Citizen is part of the Daily Mail group, the stupid errors are multiplying. On top of that we get gems like "train station" from them!

  • jackson99  |  February 15 2014, 5:00PM

    In the local Citizen Newspaper not much about the floods effecting Gloucester. No pictures nothing. More information about Gloucester on SKY News.

  • Kay_Powell  |  February 14 2014, 6:07PM

    I think that that answers the question. Snappy Happer, join the legions of people who are now in the rugby fan's bad books.

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  • Kay_Powell  |  February 14 2014, 4:58PM

    Snappy Happer, have you perhaps got on the wrong side of the obsessive rugby fan? He keeps posting ridiculous comments about me and claiming that I hate rugby (when I'm even interested) and giving me loads of negaitives. I had committed the terrible crime of criticising the Man v. Food eating contest. Really, the moderation on this site is awful.

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  • Snappy_Happer  |  February 14 2014, 12:55PM

    At the risk of redundancy, anyone want to keep proving how pointless the ratings system is..?

  • Snappy_Happer  |  February 14 2014, 10:40AM

    Oh, flow my tears. An hour ago, I was +9 for the first comment, and no-one had rated the new one yet. So how do 11 'people' suddenly decide to start red thumbing one, when only two do so the second (give or take the odd +)? 'People' should comment instead of exploiting a dodgy ratings system. Try having an opinion...

  • Snappy_Happer  |  February 14 2014, 9:14AM

    Props for the unusually rapid correction there. For the record, peeps, they spelt it 'Olney Island', both times.

  • SandraPee  |  February 14 2014, 8:40AM

    Where were the sandbags and troops a mile upstream from Alney Island pre floods ? It might not on paper be classed as Gloucester City , it still has grave implications for the city .............. they can't hold the floods water back their side of the Tewkesbury boundary sign !

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