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Surf's up for spectacular Severn Bore as river levels drop

By citizenmike  |  Posted: February 28, 2014

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SEVERN Bore surfers and spectators are in for a treat this weekend – with a super four-star bore coming on Sunday and a whopping five-star on Monday.

The spectacle will undoubtedly attract a crowd of people – on and off the water – as it is set to be one of the best this year so far. In fact, the five-star bore on Monday morning will be the last one of that magnitude for the rest of 2014 during the daytime.

Surfers who will take up the challenge of riding the bore this weekend will be riding waters that are currently around 10C.

The tidal wave which sweeps up the River Severn came with risks earlier this year when recent flooding made nearby roads impassable. In recent weeks police urged people not to go to watch the Severn Bore, but the calls were ignored by some.

The Environment Agency said yesterday that there are currently no flood warnings in place for the River Severn and that water levels continue to fall.

Jason Potter, who runs the Severn Bore website, said: “With the lower water levels the Severn Bore Inn should see a better bore forming here than last month but it is still not ideal water levels for the Over bridge to Maisemore stretch as it is still fairly deep.

“River heights have dropped massively over last 10 days. At Minsterworth the level is around 2.1metres and is flowing fast.

“A lot of river bank debris from recent floods can also be seen, showing how high the river got.

“From Minsterworth to Maisemore the flood waters have drained from surrounding fields leaving water logged boggy conditions. Bring wellies if you’re heading along the riverside.”

Where to watch:

- 4-star bore on Sunday (tide 10.2metres): Newnham 7.35am, Severn Bore Inn 8.28am, Minsterworth Church 8.35am, Stonebench 8.50am, Over Bridge 9.10am. There will also be a four-star bore in the evening from 7.58pm at Newnham.

- 5-star bore on Monday (tide 10.3metres): Newnham 8.17am, Severn Bore Inn 9.10am, Minsterworth Church 9.17am, Stonebench 9.32am, Over Bridge 9.52am. There will also be a four-star bore in the evening from 8.37pm at Newnham.

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