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Gloucestershire weather and travel: Flood warnings as levels on swollen Severn yet to peak and more heavy rain forecast

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 09, 2014

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Jan Long took this picture of trees blown down at Bromsberrow Heath

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Levels on the River Severn are expected to peak this week, as more heavy rain falls on the county.

Residents are putting sandbags out across the county as water levels are currently higher than at Christmas.

The Environment Agency is anticipating the situation in Gloucestershire will only get worse in the coming week as water run off saturates the area.

Flood warnings are now in place along the river after heavy rain on Saturday night swelled its flow, and the Environment Agency is expecting levels to peak at 4.2metres on Monday in Gloucester and Hempsted.

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With the Met Office predicting heavy rain on Tuesday and Wednesday, there are fears of heavy flooding towards the end of the week as that combines with water running from the Welsh Hills.

Dave Throup of the Environment Agency said he expected the Severn below Worcester to face peaks by the end of the week.

Already Worcestershire is experiencing higher levels of flooding than at Christmas.

On Saturday, Chepstow Coastguard warned against trying to walk, cycle or drive through flood water.

Tweeting a picture of a cyclist ploughing through water on the A417 at Maisemore, they said: "Cycling through 1ft of fast flowing flood water is never a good idea."

They also tweeted a picture of a Porsche which floated on the same road.

The A417 between Maisemore and Over remains closed due to flooding, along with the B4213 between Tirley and Lower Apperley. The M48 Severn Bridge closed to traffic because of the winds, which reached gusts of up to 50mph. It remained closed on Sunday morning.

On Saturday an elderly woman was rescued from her home in Sandhurst Lane.

The Gloucestershire Fire brigade was contacted by her relatives asking for help as the lady's property was totally surrounded by flood water.

Six firefighters from Gloucester South station, a pump and a boat attended the scene.

The 93-year-old woman was rescued from her house by boat and taken to her relatives, who were waiting at the edge of the water.

Firefighters said she suffered no ill effects from the rescue.

The crews were at the scene for just under 2 hours.

And the same day the Severn Area Rescue Association launched a water rescue team to the Forthampton area of Tewkesbury, including the Lower Lode Inn.

A spokesman for the SARA said: “All residents were found to be well despite having been isolated by floodwater for some weeks.”

The number of mid-level flood warnings in place on the River Severn increased on Sunday morning.

Tewkesbury, Upper Arley, Hempsted, Gloucester, Sandhurst, Maisemore, Walham, Bevere, Brimscombe, Thrupp, Ashleworth, Deerhurst, Chaceley, Haw Bridge, Tirley, Apperley, The Leigh, Deerhurst Walton, Prior’s Norton, Severn Ham, Abbey Mill, Upper and Lower Lode and Shakespeare Court were all said to be at risk.

Monday’s forecast could see some respite from the rain, but more wet weather is on its way on Tuesday, with more warnings to follow.

A drop in temperature on Monday could also mean a chance of sleet in the next few days.

A long range forecast up to Friday, February 21 reads: "Remaining very unsettled throughout the period with showers or longer spells of rain, particularly in the south and west where heavy and persistent rain is often likely.

"Gale force winds are likely at times, especially in the south and west, where severe gales are possible.

"Although it remains unsettled through to the end of the period, winds may not be quite as strong with temperatures below normal generally and an increased risk of frost."

At Bromsberrow Heath, reader Jan Long reported trees had blown down and blocked her driveway.

She said: "The gale force winds have taken their toll with debris and branches everywhere in the village of Bromesberrow Heath and flooding on the A417 into Ledbury. But we would not dream of complaining when we see pictures of our neighbours in Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Somerset!"

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  • Jamie225  |  February 09 2014, 7:00PM

    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 these failings for much longer.

  • meymey  |  February 09 2014, 2:11PM

    http://tinyurl.com/nwcuhv3 common sense ! this great britain but not so Great anymore

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  • SandraPee  |  February 09 2014, 10:20AM

    Time for a cast iron pledge NOT to build the proposed new houses between Twigworth, Innsworth and Down Hatherley , or any other areas on or near a floodplain . Doing so risks making the current flooded areas a lot worse. Surely common sense MUST prevail now .

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