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Gloucestershire weather: More rain to come as the Met Office issues amber weather warnings

By Maryam_Qaiser  |  Posted: February 06, 2014

  • Flooding in Sandhurst Lane, Gloucester

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THE Met Office has issued amber weather warnings for rain across the South West.

Rain is set to continue for most of today until Saturday.

A flood alert has also been issued for the River Severn from Tewskesbury to Gloucester.

At 10pm yesterday the level at Mythe Gauge was 3.99 metres and steady. A peak of between 4.5 and 4.8 metres is expected on Monday, February 10.

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There will be some bright spells later today, with temperature set to reach 8C.

The A417 between Over and Maisemore was reopened this morning, Gloucestershire County Council confirmed.

It comes as high winds and heavy rain battered Gloucestershire, causing chaos across the county's roads yesterday.

Standby chainsaw teams acted swiftly to clear 15 trees which crashed down on roads overnight and yesterday morning.

Gusts of up to 60mph were recorded, and more trees were reported to have been uprooted in the Forest of Dean, thanks to a combination of high winds and sodden ground.

In Linden Road, Gloucester, Peter Foss' car was crushed by a cherry tree which broke off at the roots, at around 9am.

Gloucester City Council workers cleared it and immediately planted a new pear tree in its place.

"It was a tree I loved, it's been there between 20 and 30 years," said Dr Foss, whose Honda Civic was damaged.

"No one was injured and I am glad the council is replacing it with a pear tree.

"The car might be a write-off, but at least no one else was hurt."

Police closed the A419 London Road at Brimscombe due to a fallen tree, to allow highways workers to move it.

The A4136 at Worrall Hill was also shut just before 10am because of a fallen tree between Drybrook and Coleford. A section of the road between Mirey Stock and Edge End was closed for three hours. The A4151 between Elton Corner and Littledean was also affected by another which came down across the road.

And a tree across the A40 at Charlton Kings was cleared just after the morning rush hour.

In the Forest of Dean, many were reported to have been uprooted due to the high winds and ground soaked by months of rain.

Up to 15mm of rain fell, and Environment Agency flood warnings remained in place for most of the River Severn. The A417 was also closed between Over and Maisemore because of flooding too.

More rain is predicted today and the Met Office have issued yellow warnings of heavy downpours from midday, although winds will die down during the afternoon.

Further heavy rain is expected tomorrow and Saturday, and wind speeds will be up to 50mph again on Saturday.

A Gloucestershire County Council spokeswoman said a total of 15 trees were reported having fallen onto the highway network in Gloucestershire yesterday; six in the central area, seven in the Forest of Dean and two in the Cotswolds.

Bob Skillern, Gloucestershire County Council highways manager said: "Though several fell onto major routes, the teams worked quickly to get the roads cleared.

"Our local tree surgeons remain on call and any issues can be reported by calling 08000 514 514."

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  • SandraPee  |  February 07 2014, 7:28AM

    Lets hope the planners in Gloucester/Cheltenham learn from this and don't let ANY new homes be built on or near the floodplain .

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  • daveofglos  |  February 06 2014, 5:50PM

    "insiderinside" - please change the record - it's boring...

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  • Insiderinside  |  February 06 2014, 11:41AM

    Inside the Environment Agency have been exposing the failings of the Environment Agency for going on a year now: http://tinyurl.com/o6y5w5r - others have been exposing the failings for much longer.

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