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Gritters ready for action in Gloucestershire tonight

By citizengibbon  |  Posted: November 23, 2012

A submerged car in the Vineyards carpark Tewkesbury

A submerged car in the Vineyards carpark Tewkesbury

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Drivers are being urged to take extra care on the roads with freezing conditions and fog possible across the county overnight.

Gloucestershire County Council will be sending out gritters tonight to treat all key routes as a precaution. And while the council will do all it can to keep roads clear, it is vital that drivers take extra care and leave more time for their journeys, particularly where there has been standing water on the roads.

Flood warnings are in place for the River Severn and a flood alert is in place for the River Lyd in Lydney and Cinderford Brook.

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Further heavy rain is expected from tomorrow afternoon and on Saturday and Sunday night. The county council said it is fully prepared to respond to any further flooding on the county's roads over the weekend.

The council's highways teams have been taken off normal duties and are ready to respond to any emergency calls that come in. They have also been busy throughout the day and night clearing gullies and pumping water from the roads at hot spots around the county.

All roads are currently passable with care but drivers can expect standing water on most roads over the weekend when more heavy rain comes in. Strong winds forecast for Saturday night could also result in more debris on the roads, which could be hidden by standing water.

Jason Humm, Area Highway Manager, said: "Over the last few days, more than 100 operatives have been specifically working on flooding issues and additional gully emptiers, sweepers and jetters have been brought in.

"Last night's strong winds also resulted in issues with fallen trees and branches, so all tree surgeons and chainsaw-trained gangs have been mobilised.

"Since the severe flooding in 2007, a lot of work has been done to improve our drainage systems, which are now in good condition and given the current levels of rainfall are performing well.

"Our teams will continue to respond to any emergency calls we get and clear away free standing water and debris where necessary. While these conditions are going to cause disruption, I would encourage people to remain calm and to take extra care if they are out driving, particularly on higher speed rural roads.

"Drivers, pedestrians and cyclists should keep away from flood water if possible as it is not often possible to tell how deep it is or if anything is submerged that could be dangerous."

While the highways teams will do all they can to alleviate the flooding, the public is also asked to help. Fallen leaves can block gullies and drains in this weather so people are encouraged to help move them off if they're passing by or sweep leaves from the drains near their home.

Forecasters are predicting the rainfall will stop by Sunday morning but return on Sunday night. With the ground still saturated from the heavy rainfall on Wednesday and Thursday, localised flooding is likely to occur again.

As well as the highways teams, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service will continue to respond to emergency calls that come in. It has responded to more than 100 weather-related calls since Wednesday. The service has had several appliances out around the county pumping water from roads or gardens where needed.

To check the latest on any school closures due to flooding or road closures, check www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/closedschools

Also follow @GlosHighways, @GlosCC @GlosFire and @Glos_Police on Twitter for updates. Tips on driving in icy conditions can be found at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/winter

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  • Bonkim2003  |  November 26 2012, 9:32AM

    yes moremiles - it is Fall and with fallen leaves and other debris flowing into the drains - understandable - but couldn't help noticing the discordance of the headlines ' Gritters ready for action in Gloucestershire tonight' with the photo of the semi-submerged car. Throwing salt in the lake?

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  • Bellyflop  |  November 24 2012, 9:31AM

    Well said "moremiles" I totally agree with your comments.

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  • tishwash  |  November 23 2012, 11:25PM

    ..... I can guarantee some drains haven't been touched in a very very long time.

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  • moremiles  |  November 23 2012, 9:05PM

    All I'd say is it is easy to criticise, but realistically how many leaves and how much water do people expect small teams to clear across a vast county in a few hours? Huge lay-offs have occurred, maybe cut the poor guys and no doubt girls some slack? Or even better. start helping yourselves and appreciate the work they are doing? Everyone expects everything to be done for them these days and live in a bubble of protection. The big wide world sometimes throws stuff at us that we ALL need to help fix, not blame someone for!

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  • tishwash  |  November 23 2012, 6:03PM

    Most of Cheltenhams' drains aren't coping, perhaps they should be cleared out on a more regular basis?

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