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Live Gloucestershire weather updates as the River Severn rises amid Environment Agency warnings, flooding and hurricane force winds

By EchoLauraC  |  Posted: February 13, 2014

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STORMS hit the county once again last night with hurricane force winds and more heavy rain.

As the River Severn has burst its banks at many spots in the county, more rain and higher levels are anticipated to be on their way.

The Environment Agency is anticipating water levels on the River Severn to rise between 10 and to 15cm today.

It comes as a severe flood warning was issued for Alney Island this afternoon by the Environment Agency. A peak of 4.7 metres in the water levels is expected overnight.

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It was a case of all hands on deck today for residents of Alney Terrace, near the Over Causeway, as they teamed together to pile up sandbags in preparation for a fresh storm tomorrow and a high tide tonight.

Resident Charlie Burgess said: “We have put sandbags out and we’ve been checking on our neighbours to see if anyone needs any help. It’s very worrying.

“We have moved everything upstairs and put our sofa on breeze blocks.”

It comes as the river in Worcester is at its highest ever levels and much of that water is set to drain into Gloucestershire and levels peak here tomorrow morning.

However, river levels in the country are still said to be 80cm off 2007 levels.

Sarah Dennis from the agency said: “There is more rain and those levels will stay into the weekend.

“But just to stress to people we are not at 2007 levels.”

There are still 11 flood warnings in place across the River Severn between Tewkesbury and Gloucester.

Meanwhile officers are directing traffic and ensuring motorists do not ignore road closures this morning after the A38 was closed in both directions at Longford after water levels rose.

Police are warning anyone trying to continue that their actions could cause significant problems to the local community.

Superintendent Bridget Woodhall said: "Drivers who ignore the road closure signs are creating bow waves and further flooding for residents.

"While they may get a short term gain out of it people in the area could lose a lot.

"We're also having to commit officers there to reassure people and ease the tension.

"We understand people's frustration but this is not acceptable."

Police are also warning people that Tewkesbury is not accessible from junction 9 of the M5.

Access is from M50 from the North or, if coming from the south, leaving the M5 at Cheltenham and going via Stoke Orchard/Uckington.

Gloucestershire Highways will be using matrix signs to display this.

As well as the A38 other roads closed this morning include the A417 at Maisemore between The Rudge and A40, the A435 at Coberley, both way between the A436 and Colesbourne and the A438 Ashchurch Road between the A38 and Wynyards Close.

Diversions are in place.

An advertising board at Gloucester Rugby’s Kingsholm home blew over last night and into the neighbouring garage.

It left damage to a wall near gate one, which separates the stadium from the neighbouring car dealership.

It is currently cordoned off by police tape and the sign is said to be in pieces.

Today could see a reprieve in the heavy downpours, but more are expected throughout the weekend.

John Fletcher has run the Tuffley Weather Station since March 2005.

He said: “We have had more overall rainfall in January this year than any since I ran the weather station.

“Even though February is not over yet it has had the highest February overall rainfall also since I first set my station up.

“The July 2007 floods were due to it falling heavily either side of and in particular on one particular day.

“The total rainfall for the whole month of July 2007 as recorded here at Tuffley Weather Station was less that this year’s January 2014.”

The storms of yesterday afternoon saw 1,400 homes in Gloucestershire have its electricity cut off.

A spokesman for Western Power Distribution said just 70 homes are affected in the county this morning.

Anyone who has been cut off can contact them on 0800 328 1111.

Roads have also been closed across the county.

- The A417 is closed in both directions between Maisemore and Over shut due to flooding.

- The A425 in Coberley between Cowley and the Colesbourne junction is closed because of a fallen tree, with a diversion in place via the A436 and the A417.

- The A438 Ashchurch Road in Tewkesbury is closed both ways between Morrisons and the Wynards Close junction because of flooding.

- The A466 in Redbrook both ways between French Lane and Bigsweir Bridge because of a fallen tree.

- The A38 is closed between Twigworth and Longford because of flooding.

- Tewkesbury is not accessible from junction nine of the M5 motorway. Access is from M50 from the north or leaving the M5 at Cheltenham via Stoke Orchard and Uckington.

- The A46 Stroud Road in Painswick is said to be hazardous both ways near the Stamage’s Lane junction.

- The A417 in Redmarley D'Abitot between Ledbury and the Mill Lane junction needs to be approached with care.

- B4080 Bredon Road closed in both directions between Tewkesbury and Bredon's Hardwick, because of flooding.

- The B4213 is closed between Tirley and Lower Apperley, because of flooding.

- The B4234 between Lydbrook and Ross On Wye in Ross-On-Wye is also closed because of flooding.

- There is flooding on B4234 New Road in Cannop at the B4226 Speech House Road junction.

- Sandhurst Lane in Gloucester is closed around the A417 St Oswald's Road junction, because of flooding.

- Gloucester Road in Tewkesbury is closed near the Mill Street junction, because of flooding.

- Spitalgate Lane in Cirencester is closed between the A435 Abbey Way junction and the Gloucester Street junction, because of flooding.

- There is flooding on St Mary's Lane in Tewkesbury between the St Mary's Road junction and the Church Street junction.

- There is flooding on Howells Road in Tewkesbury between the Oldfield junction and the Swilgate Road junction, which is also affecting Swilgate Road between Howells Road and Gander Lane.

- There is flooding on Longford Lane in Longford between the A38 Tewkesbury Road junction and the Brionne Way junction.

- More flooding is on Queens Road in Tewkesbury between the Link Road junction and the York Road junction

Trains from Cheltenham Spa to Swindon remain running, but only three trains an hour are going from Swindon to Paddington.

All passengers are being told to check their journeys before travelling.

The Severn Area Rescue Association was this morning being tasked to Tewkesbury.

It has previously being helping stranded residents in Sharpness, Tirley and Haw Bridge delivering food parcels to households cut off by the water.

Abbey View School in Tewkesbury is closed because of flooding.

Gloucestershire County Council is urging people to look after their neighbours during the bad weather.

Councillor Andrew Gravells, cabinet member for older people, said: “During this prolonged period of terrible weather, we all need to look out for each other and keep an eye on our elderly neighbours and other vulnerable people.

“This is particularly important when those people don’t have family living nearby, which can make them feel isolated and anxious.

“It can be very lonely for some and just knowing that someone is there to help if necessary can remove a lot of worry and fear. It doesn’t take a second to knock on a door and a friendly smile doesn’t cost anything.”

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