THERE still appears to be little sign of an end in sight for Gloucestershire’s flooding.
The perfect storm of wind, rain and high tides once again conspired to close roads and threaten riverside properties this weekend, with some homeowners in Minsterworth being flooded three times in as many days since Friday.
And despite numerous warnings, spectators for the much-anticipated Severn Bore on Sunday put themselves and others at risk, according to Environment Agency officials who called their actions “irresponsible”.
Monday and Tuesday look to be more settled weather-wise but it’s not enough time for the saturated county to dry out before an Atlantic storm sweeps in on Wednesday night, potentially bringing more misery.
Environment Agency manager Dave Throup said: “The places have been flooding; there are four or five homes in Minsterworth that must have been hit three times in three days and we are pumping them out.
“The river topped some of the embankments but it’s mainly agricultural land that has been flooded.”
The A417 from the Over roundabout to Maisemore is closed in both directions, as is Sandhurst Lane. The A48 was closed for brief periods over the weekend when the Severn spilled over too.
Mr Throup said bore-watchers had put themselves at risk by getting too close to the river, with water coming over their feet at some points and a reluctance to move when told to by authorities.
There are still two severe flood warnings in place in Gloucestershire, along the Severn at Minsterworth and Quedgeley and Elmore to Rodley.
Flood warnings were in place at Gloucester and Hempsted, as well as numerous other county spots.
Yellow warnings for rain have been issued by the Met Office for Wednesday night and throughout all of Thursday.
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