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Weather: Warnings of more flooding as storms will continue to batter Gloucestershire for a month

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 08, 2014

  • Farmer Graham Poole, from Rye Court Farm, Chaceley, who is forced to travel from his farm to the village by boat, as the main road is nearly 7 foot underwater

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* School Lane Whitminster, closed both ways at Hyde Lane - School Lane in Whitminster blocked near the Hyde Lane junction, because of a fallen tree.

* A417 at Maisemore closed between Over and Maisemore

* B4213 closed between Tirley and Lower Apperley, because of flooding

Heavy rain forecast for Saturday afternoon and evening, combined with gale force winds will heap more misery on the county.

Yellow weather warnings of high winds and downpours have been activated by the Met Office with gusts expected up to 50mph.

That will continue into the early hours of Sunday morning.

The A417 at Maisemore remains closed and the Scouts and Guides annual Cotswold night marathon has been called off.

Authorities are preparing to evacuate residents as more rain and high winds are forecast throughout today and river water levels are expected to rise again.

“The main concern is the potential for some structural damage and trees blocking roads, particularly in the Forest of Dean,” said Superintendent Bridget Woodhall.

“River levels are due to peak on Monday and Tuesday and, in the worst case scenario we could see up to 50 more properties affected so we will be prepared to help evacuate any communities if necessary.

“In the meantime I know the local authorities have plans in place to check on residents’ welfares and keep them informed of the situation.”

This weekend’s storm is just the latest Atlantic front which is expected to batter Gloucestershire, with between 10mm and 15mm of rain falling.

Mid-level flood warnings have been issued by the Environment Agency – residents in Tewkesbury, Chaceley, Deerhurst, Apperley, Ashleworth, The Leigh, and Tirley may experience more flooding misery.

Dafydd Evans, area manager for the Environment Agency, said: “With further heavy rain falling over the next few days, we expect water levels in rivers, particularly the Severn, to continue to rise and remain high for some time.”

Gloucestershire Highways manager Jason Humm said they were prepared.

“We are anticipating high winds and heavy rainfall this weekend and extra teams are on standby, ready to respond,” he said.

“Meanwhile we are continually assessing the situation in the county and we would urge people to avoid driving through flood water.

“They won’t know how deep the waters or the potential dangers hidden below the surface.”

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service crews are ready should they receive a call out.

Richard Rogers, waste water manager for Severn Trent said: “We’re aware that even more bad weather is coming and we’re working hard to get ready for it.

“We’ve already got plenty of staff on the phones in our call centre and lots of teams available out and about across the region to deal with flooding issues.

“We’re also out and about keeping an eye on those areas with a high risk of flooding.

“Unfortunately, in stormy weather, the drains and sewers often have significantly more water flowing through them.

“When we get a lot of rain in one go, it has a hard time sinking into the ground; so it runs off the surface and goes into drains and sewers.”

FORECAST

And although there will be some respite from the rain tomorrow morning, the Met Office is predicting further heavy showers tomorrow afternoon.

These could turn to sleet in the early hours of Monday morning.

There will be some respite from rain on Monday, with some sunny spells, although light rain is forecast in the afternoon.

However, further heavy rain is forecast for Tuesday, with more yellow warnings of rain.

A forecast for the Met Office said: "Becoming very wet and windy again on Tuesday with further strong winds, rain or showers on Wednesday."

A long range forecast up to Friday February 21 reads: "Remaining very unsettled throughout the period with showers or longer spells of rain, particularly in the south and west where heavy and persistent rain is often likely.

"Gale force winds are likely at times, especially in the south and west, where severe gales are possible.

"Although it remains unsettled through to the end of the period, winds may not be quite as strong with temperatures below normal generally and an increased risk of frost."

And beyond that to March 8: "Current indications point towards the unsettled conditions persisting through much of February. Towards the end of February and into early March, the trend is for less unsettled conditions than we have seen lately, and some drier weather."

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