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LIVE UPDATES: Flooding hits Gloucestershire

By jennyenews  |  Posted: November 21, 2012

  • Watery Lane in Upton St Leonards

  • Picture taken in Hardwicke today

  • Route by Chedworth Airfield

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7.25pm: Environment Agency warning tomrrow will also see flooding - b e prepared for possible travel disruption and flooding as some areas see up to 60mm on top of the rain that's already hit. Currently 56 flood warnings in the South West of the UK

6.47pm: Police reporting that Stoke Orchard Road now passable

6.42pm: A429 Stow towards Lower Swell now open

6.38pm: Long delays reported across the county due to weather-related problems including at Haresfield. Issues at C&G roundabout and Barnett Way exacerbated by problems with temporary traffic lights near Sainsbury's. Contractors are en route

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6.19pm: Lots of standing water on the A417 between Hartpury village and the Hartpury College turning, reported by police

6.14pm: Flood warning no longer in effect for the River Chelt at Charlton Kings

5.35pm: Gloucester Police say Lobleys Drive still closed, contrary to reports

4.15pm: There are reports of bad flooding at the bottom of Innsworth Lane by the bridge over the bypass.

4.12pm: Parts of Stratford Park Leisure Centre in Stroud are closed due to flooding in the sports hall and activity centre. Swimming and dance classes are unaffected.

3.27pm: VIDEO: The River Chelt. Updates continue below.

2.47pm: Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue responded to 38 flooding calls and carried out 10 rescues. The sun may now be shining but staff are also preparing for more rain tomorrow and have urged drivers to take care.

2.10pm: Flooding on the road by Chedworth Airfield about 900ft above sea level.

2.05pm: Statement from First Great Western re: disruption to services. Some trains are running in the county.

A spokesman said: "Due to heavy rain fall overnight and this morning there is localised flooding over the south west of our network. Network Rail has advised us that it is unsafe to operate services through Chipping Sodbury and the Severn Tunnel due to flooding, and we are also having to run trains at reduced speeds at other locations.

"The rain has now stopped and Network Rail are working hard to alleviate the infrastructure problems caused. We are in regular contact with Network Rail, who are working hard to tackle the problems.

"Presently all lines between Bristol Temple Meads and Weston Super Mare - leading to Taunton and Bristol Parkway to Gloucester are blocked. Services from Bristol Parkway into South Wales are also subject to cancellation or delay. Services between Plymouth and Westbury are running but at reduced speed, meaning that some services will be cancelled or delayed at short notice.

"Limited road replacement transport has been sourced and there are buses in place at Taunton, Exeter St Davids, Bristol Temple Meads, Bristol Parkway, and Cardiff Central to convey passengers. Local First Buses are accepting FGW ticket holders between Bristol Temple Meads and Taunton via Weston SM."

2.01pm: Rain has been off for an hour now in parts of Gloucester. The A38 open from Hardwicke to Moreton Valence. But closed southbound at this point.

1.58pm: Church Lane Hardwicke is impassable at the thatch cottage. Access to puddle ducks nursery from Pound Lane.

1.56pm: Reports of deep water at Ebley bypass and Stanleys junction. It is getting worse as the water runs off Ebley meadow. It comes as reports of a fire crew pumping out a house in Bridgend.

1.32pm: Chipping Campden School is now closed.

1.29pm: Reports blue sky can be seen to the South West at last.

1.28pm: Reports the River Chelt has burst its banks into Sandford Park and there

1.11pm: Isbourne Valley School has now closed its Toddington site.

1.07pm: St Catharine's Primary School, in Chipping Campden, is closed.

12.55pm: Winchcombe School has closed early and so has Winchcombe Playgroup.

12.48pm: Road safety advice issued by Gloucestershire Police:

Inspector for Roads Policing, Jason Keates, is urging drivers to help keep Gloucestershire's roads safe by thinking about their braking distance.

"Don't forget that braking distances can more than double on wet road surfaces," he said. "So keep your speed steady and slow and keep plenty of space between you and the car in front.

"I'd also suggest that in poor weather you allow extra time to complete your journey. Trying to reach a destination within a tight time-scale, especially in poor weather conditions, increases stress and the potential for a collision."

Drivers are also urged to prepare their vehicle and make sure it is in good condition before setting out on a journey.

Other tips suggested are;

• Use your brakes cautiously. Abrupt braking can cause brake lock-up and cause you to lose steering control.

• To make Antilock Brakes work correctly, apply constant, firm pressure to the pedal. During an emergency stop, push the brake pedal all the way to the floor, if necessary, even in wet conditions.

• Don't make sudden changes in steering as this increases the potential for loss of control.

12.46pm: Dymock is apparently 'a nightmare'. The back road from dymock to gorsley is deeply flooded.

12.44pm: Reports the A48 at Moreton Valence is now closed.

12.43pm: Bledington School is closed as it has no power due to work on the electricity supply in the local area and the Youth Achievement Centre on the Grange site is also closed.

12.34pm: Reports that Badgeworth Court care home is now cut off by flooding as it was in 2007.

12.31pm: Oak Hill Primary School is also closing early. Pupils who travel by bus will be taken to the individual site where they would normally be dropped off and will be cared for until collected

12.30pm: Tredington Primary School will close early due to flooding. Parents are requested to collect pupils as soon as possible. The school car park is flooded and parents are asked to use the lay-by outside school for collections.

12.27pm: Parts of Leckhampton Hill have been affected by the water levels and reports are it is passable with a 4x4 only.

12.22pm: Trains to London cancelled from Gloucestershire due to flooding.

12.17pm: Leonard Stanley Primary School: Parents wishing to collect pupils early are advised they can do. Meanwhile, Gloucestershire Police said there is an abnormal load currently travelling from junction 11 of the M5 going down the A40 to Huntley then A4136 to Coleford. It may cause traffic disruption.

12.06pm: Statement released by Gloucestershire County Council  re flooding:

"For the past 24 hours the county has seen very heavy rainfall across most areas.

This has led to localised flooding on roads across the county, particularly in the Forest of Dean and Cotswolds where the rainfall was heaviest.

The council's highways gangs have been taken off normal duties and are currently responding to any emergency calls that come in.

The teams are out clearing gullies and pumping water from the roads at hot spots around the county.

The worst affected areas seem to be the B4008, A38, A419, A40, A48, A4173 and A429.

However the rainfall has been heavy across the whole of the county so drivers should expect standing water on most roads.

Gloucestershire Police have put some temporary road closures in place in the worst affected areas and highways teams are responding to calls for assistance from them.

Since the severe flooding in 2007, a lot of work has been done on improving the county's drainage systems which are now in good condition and given the current levels of rainfall are performing well.

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.

Jason Humm, Area Highway Manager, said: "We have made significant improvements to the county's drainage network since 2007 and we know it's in a good condition.

"Our teams are out all over the county responding to any emergency calls we get and clearing away free standing water where necessary.

"At the same time, members of the public are asked to help if it is safe to do so – if you're passing a drain with leaves on, kick them off or sweep them away as this will help prevent blockages, or if you see any obvious obstructions to the standing water which can easily be solved, and it is safe to do so, then please help out.

"While this rainfall is going to cause disruption, I would encourage people to remain calm and to take extra care if their out driving on the roads."

Forecasters are predicting the rainfall will stop this afternoon, although more rain is expected tomorrow morning.

The county remains on severe weather alert and that is likely to be the case for the next few days.

The ground will remain saturated so localised flooding could occur again.

Drivers are urged to take care, particularly on higher speed rural roads, and allow extra time for their journeys.

As well as the highways teams, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service is responding to emergency calls that come in.

The service has taken calls from people in Dursley, Berkeley, Cheltenham, Newent and central Gloucester from people who are concerned their property may be at risk, though most of the flooding has been related to gardens or local roads.

The service has several appliances out around the county pumping water from roads or gardens where needed."

12.01am: Winchcombe Abbey C of E Primary School is now closed due to flooding.

11.48am: Reports of flooding in parts of Woodmancote including Park Homes, off Station Road.

11.44am: Gloucester City v Colwyn Bay has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

11.40am: Reports that there are some surface water problems in Stoke Orchard and routes between Lydney and Chepstow are also problematic.

11.33am Hartpury School closed due to localised flooding.

11.19am: Stroud Road in Gloucester is now shut to due to surface water and cars stranded at Brookthorpe with Whaddon.

11.15am: Weather reports indicate the flooding could get worse today as the rain is expected to persist for most of the day and more expected tomorrow.

11.12am: A flood warning has been issued for the River Chelt at Charlton Kings. Meanwhile Environment Agency staff are checking the gauges at Bridgend at Stonehouse.

10.51am

Zoons Court roundabout having problems with several inches of surface water.

A pump is being brought in to tackle surface water in Cypress Gardens in Longlevens. The area has undergone massive flood prevention work since the deluge in 2007 but reports are it is surface water only.

Residents in Up Hatherley, Cheltenham, have also called in reporting large pools of surface water flooding in Windermere Road.  Prestbury Road, in Cheltenham, is also completely covered in surface water.

Watery Lane in Upton St Leonards is also covered.

The Whitecroft to Lydney Road near the Dean Forest Railway is flooded. Street Wardens there think some vehicles may struggle to get through.

10.45am:

Two schools at Dursley, has closed due to bad weather. The Greenfield Academy, in Barton, and the Peak Academy in the town have shut due to flooding in the area.

The Didbrook site of Isbourne Valley School at Cheltenham is also closed. Moat Primary School, in Matson, is also shut due to flooding.

River Lyd and Cinderford Brook are also on flood alert.

There also reports of no trains between Gloucester and Bristol and Newport due to flooding.

It comes as drivers are being warned to take extra care on the roads after heavy rain has caused problems with surface water.

Police are urging drivers to go slow and take care on the A417 between Hartpury and Maisemore as the route is only passable in the middle of the road.

By 10am:

Shurdington Road by the Bell pub, was also affected and Lobleys Drive in Gloucester is also closed due to flooding.

Flooding on Brockworth Road between Barrow Hill and Court Road has also been reported.

Reported areas with surface water include the C&G roundabout at Barnwood and the B40088 at Standish is also affected. The A48 in the Forest of Dean also had problems particularly at Chaxhill after the sustained rain fell on already sodden ground. There is also a lot of surface water outside Quedgeley police station.

All the lanes around Hardwicke, on the edge of Gloucester, are also passable but one driver said: "With the surface water and the dark, drivers need to take care this morning." Estcourt Road in the city was also down to one lane.

The road to the Cheltenham Racecourse was also very bad at about 7am today.

It comes as there were major problems for commuters on their way home last night following an accident on the A40. Massive tailbacks were encountered along the Golden Valley and beyond as a result.

Meanwhile there were problems at Cheltenham railway station after reports of a broken down train are causing problems for some Cross Country trains.

Here is the live flood map for the Environment Agency:

http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/142151.aspx

Do you have pictures of the bad weather, send to citizen.news@glosmedia.co.uk or echo.news@glosmedia.co.uk For more details of the forecast visit our weather pages.

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  • gloslad  |  November 21 2012, 6:42PM

    Escourt road is down to one lane cause of roadworks. Get the story right!

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  • daveofglos  |  November 21 2012, 6:03PM

    I drove down the A417 from Ledbury to Gloucester and the road was flooded half across in several places - will be worse when it's dark.

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  • Toasty88  |  November 21 2012, 5:46PM

    I came from abbeymead avenue down lobleys drive at 3pm this afty to get home to Cox's way. Saw no signs of closure, no flooding, no police. But didn't go as far as coopers edge as didn't need to. Perhaps closures are still in place there?! But as of 3pm lobleys was most definitely clear!!

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  • Beekeeper  |  November 21 2012, 5:13PM

    Photos of flooding in Gloucester - http://tinyurl.com/agl7rzq

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  • metoyou  |  November 21 2012, 4:24PM

    Apprently Lobleys Drive is still closed?

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  • Takeaway22  |  November 21 2012, 2:53PM

    Why are schools closing and not private businesses?

  • jennyenews  |  November 21 2012, 2:08PM

    Just updated the story now with the latest on trains

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  • Marcus_01  |  November 21 2012, 1:00PM

    '12.22pm: Trains to London cancelled from Gloucestershire due to flooding.' According to First Great Western's web site, the Cheltenham / Gloucester / Stonehouse / Stroud & Kemble to Paddington route is running as normal. Bristol to Paddington is not. Checked at 12:58 http://tinyurl.com/as87yx7 - two of the three routes shown are close, but not the Cheltenham line.

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  • rtruth  |  November 21 2012, 12:25PM

    Nibnobs... too narrow, are you driving a hummer? No need to resort to petty name calling, and i'm unsure what you mean by the roads too narrow... i dont know anyone with any issues driving through there. I do the drive daily and have zero issues with it.

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  • BibbleCo  |  November 21 2012, 12:05PM

    (Poxy TiG comments system, sorry for double post)

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