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Gloucestershire weather and flooding latest: Met Office warning for strong winds, more rain on the way

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 05, 2014

  • Crushed car in Linden Road. Picture by Tom Tapping

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Strong winds have prompted the Met Office to issue a yellow weather warning for Gloucestershire, as fallen trees caused chaos across the county.

The warning was issued this morning with gusts expected of up to 60mph in the county today.

Gloucester City Council workers cleared an uprooted cherry tree which damaged a car in Linden Road at 9am, and immediately planted a new pear tree in its place.

"It was a tree I loved, it's been there between 20 and 30 years," said Peter Foss, whose Honda Civic was damaged. "No-one was injured I am glad the council is replacing it with a pear tree.

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"The car might be a write-off but at least no-one else was hurt."

The Met Office is asking people to be prepared for any disruption which could be caused by fallen trees.

Police have closed the A419 London Road at Brimscombe due to a fallen tree, which is being removed by highways officials.

The A4136 at Worrall Hill was also closed just before 10am because of a fallen tree between Drybrook and Coleford. A section of the road between Mireystock and Edge End is expected to be closed for three hours.

The A4151 between Elton Corner and Littledean is also affected by a fallen tree.

Although not across roads, many more trees are reported to have been blown down during the night in the Forest of Dean.

A tree across the A40 at Charlton Kings has been cleared. There will be a gradual shift towards more showery conditions as the day goes on with between 10mm and 15mm of rain forecast to fall.

More rain is predicted on Thursday and the Met Office have issued yellow warnings of heavy downpours from midday, although winds will die down during the afternoon.

Further heavy rain is expected on Friday and Saturday, and wind speeds will be up to 50mph again on Saturday.

A Gloucestershire County Council spokeswoman said a total of 15 trees were reported having fallen onto the highway network in Gloucestershire – six in the central area, seven in the Forest of Dean, and two in the Cotswolds.

Bob Skillern, Gloucestershire County Council highways manager said: “Though several fell onto major routes, the teams worked quickly to get the roads cleared.

“Our local tree surgeons remain on call and any issues can be reported by calling 08000 514514.”

The chief forecaster for the Met Office said: “The deep area of low pressure will migrate only slowly northwards during Wednesday, swinging bands of rain and strong winds across the entire country.

“Impacts from rain and wind will be focused in southern and western areas.”

Meanwhile second degree flood warnings remain in place on the River Severn at Gloucester and Tewkesbury with flooding expected.

The Environment Agency is urging people to be vigilant.

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  • Insiderinside  |  February 06 2014, 11:44AM

    Inside the Environment Agency have been exposing the failings of the Environment Agency for going on a year now: http://tinyurl.com/o6y5w5r - others have been exposing the failings for much longer.

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