DEVASTATING floods will only get worse if 570 new homes at Longford are built, residents have said.
Fields designated for the new homes were under water today as dozens of homes across the county were flooded.
Dave Bennett, a Longlevens resident, said: “It is looking more like Longford-on-Sea at the moment. If these houses are built Longford is going to look like a marina.
“The area where the houses are meant to go was flooded. The whole thing needs looking at again.”
The wider north Gloucester area has been designated as a site for more than 3,000 potential new homes to built by 2031 in the county’s joint core strategy plans.
Alan Fisher, from Longford Lane, said: “I don’t know how people can think to put it there. If they put some concrete down there the water is just going to go elsewhere.”
It comes as volunteers from the Severn Area Rescue Association were kept busy on the River Severn today when they learnt that a group of horses had become stranded on the causeway behind St Oswald’s. They were on dry land but were surrounded by flood waters.
Rescue workers were then tasked with sending supplies to 18 homes at Haw Bridge that have been completely cut off for several days.
Anne Turner, chairman of Tirley Parish Council, said: “Some of the homes are dealing with up to one foot of water and they can’t get out. They were also stranded earlier in January for eight days.”
Food donations from Sainsbury’s were drafted into the village and rescue officials took them up the river to reach the cut-off homes.
Water levels along the River Severn are expected to rise steadily over the coming days – and will come dangerously close to those experienced in the 2007 floods.
In Gloucester levels are 4.6 metres compared to 4.9 metres in 2007, while in Tewkesbury levels have reached 4.8 metres compared to 5.5 metres.
Stroud has fared better. A Stroud District Council spokesman said: “So far our district has not fared as badly as other areas. Sandbags are available and have been collected by residents who need them.”
Flood alerts still remain in place – and the Met Office has issued a warning for snow on Thursday morning as well as more heavy rain throughout the week.
Dave Throup, area manager for the Environment Agency, said: “In Gloucestershire we are expecting to see a very slow rise over the next three days until Friday.
“It is a high level and people need to take a lot of care over the next few days. The unknown at the moment is what affect the rain we are going to get over the next few days is going to have. We are certainly not out of the woods yet.
“It is going to be well into next week before the levels drop off.”