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Gloucestershire weather: Nine flood warnings in place in the county

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 06, 2014

  • The only way to travel along Sandhurst Lane yesterday

  • Flooding in Sandhurst picture by Karen Doherty

  • Flooding in Tewkesbury

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More rain is expected today with nine flood warnings in place in Gloucestershire.

The Environment Agency has placed the warnings around the county on rivers including the Severn at Ashleworth.

A tidal surge from the River Severn is expected at around 1pm, with residents in Longford and Twigworth given an early morning warning to take action.

Chris Bainger, from the Environment Agency, said: “We are not expecting it to reach a critical level but the trigger mark of 4.3 metres that will issue the warning is likely to be reached at around 1pm and last for an hour.

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"It is a little bit of a concern.

“Industrial estates in that area have been given the early warning as a precaution, but the level should recede back to 3.9 metres fairly quickly as it is tidal.”

Roads including the A40 at Over and at Sudmeadow Industrial Estate could be affected.

The Met Office meanwhile has predicted heavy showers to hit the county at around 3pm, and with the ground already saturated, more flooding is expected.

Hartpury C of E Primary School will not be open until 10am today due to flooding. This is to allow staff to safely access the school.

The A417 is blocked between Maisemore and the Over Roundabout this morning due to flood water.

While there was a large amount of water on the A48 yesterday evening, especially at Elton Corner, the road is relatively clear this morning.

River levels are expected to peak tomorrow and with further rain expected later in the week, homeowners and businesses are battening down the hatches once again. But the weekend was a story of rescue and recovery for those already affected by the conditions.

Dave Throup from the Environment Agency has warned of potential problems close to home and just over the border in Herefordshire too.

Firefighters were called to Sandhurst Lane yesterday to rescue an elderly woman trapped in 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, have 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.”

Other enterprising souls in Sandhurst were determined not to be beaten and were transported in and out by tractor, while others pulled on waders to get about.

The Environment Agency has alerted people of more flooding to come with warnings still out for the rivers Severn, Frome and the Wye. The Met Office has predicted more heavy rain and high winds throughout the day today.

An Environment Agency spokesman said: “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.” Severn Trent Water has had to deal with 30 per cent more flooding incidents than normal this weekend.

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2 comments

  • RoadWombat  |  January 06 2014, 3:03PM

    I just knew someone would come out with something like that. Cue further posts explaining how jolly dangerous this sort of thing really is and how someone might get hurt and that if it were my son of daughter scuba diving innocently along the lane..... Yeah, whatever.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  January 06 2014, 2:30PM

    Idiots on a JCB, the driver needs prosecuting!

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