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Gloucestershire weather and flooding update: Heavy rain continues to batter county

By Maryam_Qaiser  |  Posted: January 07, 2014

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Comments (0) * More heavy rain forecast for Wednesday evening and Thursday morning*Fresh flooding fears for people living along River Severn*16 flood warnings and 27 flood alerts in place across Midlands regionPeople living along the River Severn are bracing themselves for the risk of more flooding today, because river levels have not dropped by much. The Environment Agency says any fresh rain could have a very quick reaction on the Severn.There were 23 flood warnings and 33 flood alerts in place across the Midlands region this morning but that number has now dropped to 16 and 27 respectively bring some relief to people in flood hit areas.Dave Throup, environment agency manager for Herefordshire and Worcestershire has warned residents torrential showers are set to move across the Forest of Dean today.At 3am today, the level at the Gloucester Gauge was 4.0 metres. A peak level of 4.05 metres occurred at approximately 1.50 am. A peak level of between 3.95 and 4.15 metres is expected to occur at approximately 2pm this afternoon during the next high tide. The A417 in still closed because of flooding and the A40 at Over has a lot of surface water making driving conditions hazardous.Heavy showers combined with hail and thunder, will continue to affect parts of the county throughout today into tomorrow morning.The surge peaked at around 1pm yesterday threatening some homes and businesses in Hempsted, Longford and Twigworth. Residents elsewhere in Gloucester, Sandhurst, and Maisemore, including Walham were also placed on high alert.The Forest of Dean is expecting heavy rain:Paul Mustow, Flood Risk Manager at the Environment Agency said “The risk of flooding continues this week, with communities in the south west and south east urged to be particularly vigilant.“Environment Agency teams have again been out in force over the weekend checking and maintaining flood defences, clearing blockages in watercourses, deploying temporary defences and monitoring water levels and will continue to work around the clock to protect communities at risk.“We would ask people to be prepared by checking their flood risk, signing up to free flood warnings and keeping an eye on the latest flood updates via the EA website and Twitter.”Drivers should find alternative routes this morning as the A417 Gloucestershire is closed in both directions between Maisemore and Over Roundabout, Gloucester, because of flooding.USEFUL 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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