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Severe flood warnings in place at Quedgeley, Minsterworth, Westbury and Newnham as bore-watchers told to stay at home

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 02, 2014

  • The latest flood map from the Environment Agency

  • Lydney Harbour on Saturday after the tidal surge

  • The sea wall at Lydney barely visible after Saturday's tidal surge

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SEVERE flood warnings remain in place along the River Severn and would-be Severn Bore spectators have been told to be extremely careful.

High tides, strong winds and big downpours have left the county braced for more flooding, with the Environment Agency putting the Severn on the highest possible alert through Minsterworth, Quedgeley, from Elmore to Longney and at Westbury, Broadoak and Newnham-on-Severn. The warnings were first issued on Friday evening and have remained in place throughout the weekend.

Flood warnings are still in place on the River Severn in Gloucester, Hempsted, Sandhurst and Maisemore.

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The A48 at Minsterworth closed on Sunday morning and the diversion is from Elton Corner towards Drybrook and Huntley.

Anthony Perry, flood risk Manager from the Environment Agency, said: "The combined bore and tidal surge means we are likely to see some overtopping along the River Severn. This water will be moving very fast and we're asking that anyone who has gone out to see the bore today stays alert to what is happening around them."

"Yesterday's tidal surge saw the a power wave sweeping across the A48 near Minsterworth. The road had to be closed due to the flood water and a car that had got stuck."

As such, Superintendent Emma Ackland said the police and Gloucestershire Highways have decided to make an early intervention to keep people safe.

"The A48 at Minsterworth is closed for a short time in both directions whilst the tidal surge goes through. A diversion will be in put in place," she said.

"We appreciate that this may add extra time to peoples journey but the power of the surge potentially could be extremely dangerous."

Meanwhile, the A417 to Maisemore at the junction with A40 at Over roundabout remains closed due to the flood waters. The B4213 between Tirley and Haw Bridge also remains closed and Sandhurst Lane is reported to be largely submerged too.

Gloucestershire police have told people eager to see the five-star Severn Bore on Sunday morning to take extreme care. They have asked people heading to Minsterworth to park sensibly. Already, some cars are double-parked on the road, making access difficult for emergency services.

A smaller bore came up the river on Saturday, causing parts of the Severn to burst its banks, and was followed by a tidal surge.

Superintendent Emma Ackland is asking people not to take any risks.

"We appreciate people will want to see the Severn Bores this weekend but we are asking that people don't take any risks," she said.

"There is potential for the river to overtop the defences in some areas and this can happen really quickly.

"If you do decide to visit the river, please stay alert to events around you and don't put yourself in a dangerous situation."

Two people had to be rescued from floods yesterday near Tewkesbury after a boat capsized.

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service was called at 3.17pm by HM Coastguard after a boat turned over at Chaceley.

A spokesman said: "Two people were clinging onto a tree, a third person was able to swim from the boat to a nearby public house at Chaceley and notified the emergency services.

"Two water rescue and two boat teams from Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service were mobilised to Stock Lane, Chaceley in conjunction with two Rescue Boats from Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA).

"A joint search operation was put into action utilising the rescue boat from Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service and the SARA boat from Tewkesbury.

"The two casualties were located in the flooded lane and rescued by the fire service boat from Tewkesbury.

"They were then handed over to South West Ambulance Service who took them to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital to treat them following exposure to the cold temperatures of the flood waters.

"Initially, a search and rescue helicopter from Portland Bill was also mobilised by HM Coastguard and a hovercraft from Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service to assist with the rescue, they were stood down when the two people were located.

"Boat crews also transported paramedics to assess the condition of the caller who swam from the boat, he was subsequently treated at the scene.

"All appliances were at the scene for a total of three hours."

Acting Chief Fire Officer Geoff Sallis said crews are ready if they are called.

"We are monitoring the situation closely and working with our partner agencies on a coordinated response. Our officers are on standby to respond if we are needed," he said.

Environment Agency manager Dave Throup is asking people to take the usual precautions.

Tewkesbury Borough and Stroud and Forest of Dean District councils have rest centres on standby.

Ice warnings are also being in place from The Met Office for the weekend as temperatures plummet and very strong winds are predicted. A long spell of heavy rain on Saturday will do little to ease worries of floods.

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  • Snappy_Happer  |  February 02 2014, 12:46PM

    Ooh, change of target...

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  • Snappy_Happer  |  February 02 2014, 11:53AM

    Glad I saved myself the trip, cosmicc. I guess the increased levels could have absorbed the force of the swell. Footage I've seen of the bore certainly didn't live up to past events. Bit mean, people rating you down for having a view...

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  • NibNobs  |  February 01 2014, 11:43AM

    A417 Road to Hartbury through Maisemore shut. I feel sorry for people who live in Highnam & Rudford with all the diverted traffic trying to get through the muddy single track lanes with people going from Gloucester to Ledbury etc.

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  • cosmicc  |  February 01 2014, 10:31AM

    Went to Over Bridge this morning - nothing to see.Very disappointing.

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