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Gloucestershire weather: Further heavy rain means risk of flooding continues

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 08, 2014

A shopper battling rain and wind

A shopper battling rain and wind

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Despite dry weather today, further heavy rain tonight means the risk of flooding in Gloucestershire has not diminished.

Another heavy band of rain is expected to cover the county over the next twelve hours - and it is expected to be sufficiently bad that the Met office have issued a yellow - be aware - warning.

Although the weather is forecast to clear up quickly tomorrow, it means that the rivers in the county, especially the Severn, which are already swollen, may yet grow.

There are 14 flood warning for the Severn issued by the Environment Agency.

A spokesman for the Environment Agency warned water levels in the River Severn are set to rise further this weekend.

And he urged home and business owners to prepare for further floods this week.

“Most recent estimates suggest that around 500 properties have flooded since the start of 2014 but more than 239,000 properties have been protected by flood defences,” he said.

“Our teams are also on standby to deploy temporary defences along the river Severn.

“Water levels are expected to rise, and with the ground saturated and more heavy rain, residents have to be ready for any situation.”

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