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No let up in rain following day of power cuts and flash flooding in wake of hurricane Bertha

By The Citizen  |  Posted: August 10, 2014

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More rain is set for Gloucester in the wake of a tropical storm which left thousands of city homes without pow

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More rain is set for Gloucester in the wake of a tropical storm which left thousands of city homes without power.

Torrential downpours caused problems for the county once more as ex-hurricane Bertha made its journey across the country.

High winds brought down overhead cables which cut power to 2,800 homes in the GL3 area, which includes Barnwood, Brockworth and Hucclecote, shortly after 10am.

But by 5.30pm, Western Power Distribution restored electricity to all but 15 properties, which had to wait until around 7pm.

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Parts of the county also saw flash flooding and severe weather warnings were put in place with the potential of up to 50mm in some places.

And the Met Office warns of persistent rain until Friday.

Maisemore resident Clive Jones is calling on the authorities to improve sewerage at The Rudge which have been overwhelmed by recent storms.

Mr Jones said: “All of a sudden the road erupted. The whole area around the problematic manhole, inset, at the end of The Rudge started spurting foul-smelling water. This time the cover didn’t pop up as on previous occasions, the tarmac did.

“A large area of tarmac approaching 3sqm has risen up by between 25mm and 50mm; the greatest adjacent to the manhole cover and gullet alongside but also along the edge of the main road.”

The remains of Bertha swept across Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Gloucestershire as it moved northwesterly across the country after devastating parts of the Caribbean and New York.

Environment Agency bosses also put the Wye Estuary on flood alert as the high tide at Newport was expected to reach between 7.2m and 7.4m yesterday evening.

Western Power Distribution engineers were also working overtime to restore electricity to many homes across the city.

The current rain and storms led to four times as many calls to Severn Trent Water, the company confirmed yesterday.

Rain is forecast for the remainder of the week

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  • Klipspringer6  |  August 12 2014, 8:37PM

    Have the Police arrested or cautioned that car driver yet? You seem to use this picture every time there's the threat of roads being flooded. Maybe if you'd not got rid of your photographers, you'd have had a picture of a flooded road in Gloucester instead of a stock shot

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  • SandraPee  |  August 11 2014, 8:49AM

    That's a clear car numberplate ........... isn't that still an offence to drive too fast through water where it soaks a member of the public ? That's a thoughtless, irresponsible driver . Did he/she stop and apologise to the cyclist ? Think I know the answer to that .

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