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.
A48 at Minsterworth will be closed at 1015. Diversion - A48 Elton Corner towards Drybrook, A4136 to Huntley (A40) #floodglos— Glos Police (@Glos_Police) February 2, 2014
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."
#floodglos the Severn Bore this weekend will be more dangerous than normal because of high tides. Remember to put safety first— Glos Police (@Glos_Police) February 2, 2014
1/3 That was a tad more excitement than I needed! Tide through Minsterworth now pic.twitter.com/MGt6tPUXVh— Dave Throup (@DaveThroupEA) February 1, 2014
Aftermath of high tide at Broadoak nr Newnham pic.twitter.com/bKdH4aD5yo— Dave Throup (@DaveThroupEA) February 1, 2014
Big numbers watching the Bore. Keep safe as levels rising very fast behind pic.twitter.com/NKDANuP1cy— Dave Throup (@DaveThroupEA) February 1, 2014
Our advice is to watch the Severn Bore later in the year when tides might be lower. If you do watch this weekend – take care #floodglos— Glos Police (@Glos_Police) January 31, 2014
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.USEFUL WEATHER AND FLOODING LINKSEnvironment Agency flood warnings in place in GloucestershireLatest Gloucestershire weather forecast Glosprepared Met Office Gloucestershire County Council flooding advice Interactive flooding mapSevern Bore times
The Severn Bore this weekend will be more dangerous than normal because of high tides. Remember to put safety first #floodglos
— Glos Police (@Glos_Police) February 1, 2014