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UK storms: Weather and travel updates for Gloucestershire

By citizenmike  |  Posted: October 28, 2013

  • The storm is tracked by the Met Office

  • Surface water on a road in Gloucester

  • The River Chelt, by Chelt Walk car park in Cheltenham

  • The junction of St George's Road and Bayshill Road in Cheltenham

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Everything you need to know on how the storm might affect your day is on this page. Updates throughout the day.

AFTER THE STORM

The Met Office has forecast improving conditions across the western half of England this morning, but with more rain to come Gloucestershire County Council remains prepared to respond to weather incidents across the county.

Gloucestershire escaped relatively unscathed from the forecast strong winds. However, with large amounts of rain overnight this has led to problems with surface water and some incidents of property flooding this morning.

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Emergency response highway crews consisting of 80 road workers and specialist tree surgeons have been on standby around the clock dealing with incidents as reported.

By 10am this morning highway teams had responded to a large number of incidents across the county, including a small number of fallen trees and surface flooding incidents caused by fallen leaves blocking gullies.

A fallen tree, on the A435 at Colesbourne, has restricted the carriageway but the road remains open as tree surgeons are on site working to clear the road completely.

The A46 Shurdington Road is now passable with care after a jetter was deployed to the area.

Blocked gully gratings under the railway bridge at Hyde Lane, Cheltenham have now been cleared.

Surface water drainage issues have been reported at A48 at Bullo, Ruddle and Elton Corner. Again, highway teams have deployed a jetter to the scene and the road remains open and is passable with care.

In Gloucester, Bristol Road and Cecil Road junction has experienced surface water flooding. A jetter is being used to help clear the road.

At Church Lane, Gloucester the watercourse has flooded and highway teams are on standby to clear the trash screen as soon as water levels have gone down.

St. Barnabas Roundabout has also seen some problems with surface water flooding, and crews are being sent in to clear the site.

Tredworth Road under the railway bridge in Gloucester has been closed until surface water subsides enough for crews to access the drainage system to clear it.

In the Forest, crews are dealing with surface water flooding in the Whitecroft and Parkend areas.

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue crews have dealt with a total of 35 weather related incidents, including 9 reports of property flooding in the Forest of Dean, Gloucester and Cheltenham.

Fire crews have inspected properties, helped divert water and have pumped out four properties – with two pumping operations currently still ongoing.

Fire crews were also called out to two road traffic accidents, one in Kingswood and one on the M50 motorway, and have attended a number of properties overnight where automatic fire alarms have been activated by the heavy rain.

Richard Waters from Gloucestershire Highways said “It is a changing picture across the county as we continue to respond to incidents as they are reported to us.”

“The police have assisted us by closing some roads at certain times to allow emergency clearance work to take place, but virtually all roads are now open and passable with care.”

“You can continue to report any issues on the road via www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/transport or call 08000 514 514.”

Jon Hall, Chief Fire Officer for Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service said, “It has been a busy night for fire and rescue crews across the county. We still have two pumping operations ongoing. Should more rain fall fire crews are fully prepared to respond to help keep the county safe.”

Vernon Smith, cabinet member for roads and flood said “Highway crews have been working hard throughout the night to try and minimise the impact of the storm as much as possible. After the ongoing emergency response, officers will switch to inspecting known problem areas.”

“Fortunately the county has escaped the strong forecast winds, but after a huge amount of rain in a short period of time drainage systems have become overloaded quickly, resulting in surface water flooding.”

“Since the floods of 2007 we have invested heavily in flood alleviation and drainage works which has helped to make a difference.”

Will Windsor Clive, cabinet member for communities said. “We have seen some very wet weather overnight and our fire crews have done a great job responding to emergencies to keep communities safe.”

The Met Office has confirmed that the risk from very strong winds has now passed for Gloucestershire, but with rain still forecast highway and fire crews remain prepared to deal with any weather related emergencies as they arise.

If you come across standing water on the roads the advice is to reduce your speed; avoid heavy braking; slow down when approaching standing water; and turn and manoeuvre gently.

ROADS

Most roads had a lot of surface water on them, especially rural roads. This meant that driving conditions were more difficult.

Earlier flooding problems on the roads included:

  • Naas Lane, in Quedgeley, is flooded.
  • Around the Oxstalls campus on Cheltenham Road.
  • Lansdown Road, in Cheltenham, near Dean Close School
  • London Road, in Gloucester, is only just passable between the Denmark Road junction and Elmbridge Court roundabout because of flooding.
  • A419 Ryeford - Stonehouse
  • Grevil Rd junction Bourton on the Water
  • Cirencester Rd - outside Cheltenham Park Hotel
  • Painswick Rd/Wheatridge, Barnwood Rd roundabout to Cheltenham Rd roundabout westbound, Railway bridge St Oswalds Rd & Estcourt Rd, Ermin St near Golf Club Lane
  • The following roads are difficult to pass due to water; Hucclecote Rd Jct with Church Lane, Coney Hill Rd & Metz Way RAB, Finlay Rd near Co-Op
  • Cheltenham Rd junction Hales Rd outside the shops, Promenade - Oriel Rd & Royal Well, Ashchurch Rd - Morrisons
  • Flooding along Manor Rd, A46 Hadley - Badgeworth, A435 prior to Severn Springs.
  • A46 Shurdington Road in both directions closed due to flooding near Greenway Lane / Badgeworth Lane.
  • Flooding on the A38 between Whitminster and Hardwicke.
  • Heavy flooding on Bristol Road, in Gloucester, between Moreland factory traffic lights and the Tesco Express.
  • One lane closed due to accident on M5 Northbound between J15 M4 (Almondsbury Interchange) and J14 B4509 (Thornbury/Falfield).
  • Leckhampton Hill currently closed.
  • A48 passable but severe flooding places such as Westbury.
  • Some of the roads in Montepellier, in Cheltenham, have a lot of surface water.

Richard Waters, manager at Gloucestershire Highways, said: "There is a lot of surface water about. We have had crews out throughout the night. If people can delay their journeys then they should, but if they have to travel then they should take extra care."

Tim Shallcross, from the Institute of Advance Motoring, said: "The storm is here and people can see for themselves how it is affecting them in their area. It is vital that people take not of local travel reports and judge whether they need to delay that journey or head out now before the storm hits.

"Wind and rain will be the main problems this morning. The wind can be intermittent and can suddenly come up on you such as when you are passing a coach or a lorry. You should watch the cars in front of you to see what you are going to experience in a few seconds.

"The other main issue will be trees down on the road on rural roads. It might just be round that bend. Drive at a speed that you can stop suddenly but safely and watch out for standing water."

The second Severn crossing has re-opened this morning but the old M48 bridge remains closed.

VIDEO: 4am, Kings Square, Gloucester

VIDEO: 4am, Eastgate Street, Gloucester

TRAINS

At 6am, First Great Western announced that trains would in fact be running as normal after conditions were not as bad as previously predicted. A normal service should be running on most routes, they said.

Their latest timetable can be viewed here.

Service suspended on Arriva Trains Wales between Cheltenham Spa and Lydney due to flooding between Gloucester and Lydney. Tickets being accepted on First Great Western services.

CrossCountry trains have said that there could be delays on some of their services.

Robin Gisby, network operations managing director for Network Rail, said commuters should expect considerable disruption this morning. He said: "This will impact up to Birmingham and up to Nottingham and the Midlands. If we get through this in the morning, restore the service during the afternoon and are able to start up a good service on Tuesday morning, in the circumstances I'll be pretty pleased."

AIR TRAVEL

Bristol Airport are advising passengers to check with their airline before travelling as there may be delays this morning. Click here to view their latest departures board.

EMERGENCY SERVICES

Gloucester Fire and Rescue Service were dealing with around 18 incidents at 5.30am.

Chief fire officer Jon Hall said: "It is just starting to get busy now. We can't be too quick to say it wasn't as bad as predicted.

"We have got pumps in Quedgeley at the moment, there are problems along the M50, the A48 at Newnham and at Lydney and Cinderford.

"If you don't have to travel then please don't. We expect over the next hour gusts of up to 80mph and that will be our advice through until around 11am."

FLOOD ALERTS

Flood alerts are in place for the River Severn between Tewkesbury and Gloucester.

Flood alerts were also issued for rivers in the Forest of Dean including the River Lyd and Cinderford Brook. At 8.45pm yesterday the level at the Parkend Gauge was 0.29 metres and rising slowly. A peak level of between 0.55 and 0.66 metres was expected to occur overnight. The level at the Lydney Gauge was 0.38 metres and rising slowly.

Much of the worst flooding could come at least 24 hours after the storm as passed as the rainwater travels down the river.

WEATHER LATEST

It is thought that the storm tracked further south than predicted. Dave Throup, area manager for the Environment Agency, said: "The storm tracked further south than forecast, meaning we've missed the wind so far but have had a lot of rain. Parts of Gloucestershire have seen worst of the rain. Some places have had over two inches."

Heavy rain is expected through the rush hour period, but it should have stopped by 9am. There will then be lighter rain showers from late morning, persisting throughout the day. Top temperatures will be 12C. This evening will see more heavy rain from around 6pm. Winds will ease off throughout the day.

Gloucestershire weather expert Ian Thomas, from Dursley, said we won't see the dramatic storm that has been promised. He said: "The winds haven't been anything remotely like what they said they would be. The winds might pick up and we might have a few gusts of 50 to 60mph but nothing higher than that."

Veteran weatherman John Kettley said: "The stormy weather has certainly missed Gloucestershire. We have had a narrow escape really but forewarned is forearmed as they say."

Looking ahead, it is a calmer picture but still a wet one. More rain will follow on Tuesday but it should clear by the evening. The rest of the week looks largely cloudy with occasional outbreaks of rain. Top temperatures this week of 11C to 13C.

ADVICE

Ebley Firewworks display will be going ahead tonight although the bonfire is cancelled. This is the latest update from its organisers:

The Tactical Coordination Group for Gloucestershire has this morning offered the following advice: "With any kind of intense weather, travelling can be a challenge. Please plan carefully and drive with caution. Ask yourself if your journey is essential or could it be rearranged for when conditions improve or at least during daylight.

"If you are out and about and spot any tree debris or flooding on the roads, these can be reported online at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/transport or by calling 08000 514 514.

"Should you encounter anything like a fallen telephone cable or power line across a road, please do not attempt to cross it, keep a safe distance and notify the police by calling 999. Downed power lines can also be reported to National Grid on 0800 465 1212.

"Unless you are notified otherwise, please assume county council services are running as normal. If there is any change, we will let you know as soon as possible."

WHAT YOU ARE SAYING

5.17am: Daniel Kelly, from Podsmead, said: "The sewers are all backed up, flooded all around our house in Podsmead, please stop raining!"

5am update: People are waking up to stormy weather as they prepare for the day ahead.

Get in touch with your updates by e-mailing mike.wilkinson@glosmedia.co.uk or calling us on 01452 698817.

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  • JeremyBadger  |  October 28 2013, 5:44PM

    Photos of this remarkable event please !

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  • SandraPee  |  October 28 2013, 7:58AM

    ''London road in Gloucester, only just passable between the Denmark Road junction and Elmbridge Court roundabout because of flooding ?'' Really ?

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