Flood warning on Severn

Flood warning on Severn

Flood warning on Severn

First published in Tewkesbury

THE Environment Agency has just issued a river flood warning for the river Severn at the Severn Ham, Tewkesbury. The Ham has flooded already but no properties have been flooded as yet.

The river levels are due to peak tomorrow.

Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service crews are on standby and ready to offer assistance if it is required.

Gloucestershire County Council says it is monitoring the situation carefully.

Earlier today, the council reported that it had been a quiet night in Gloucestershir with the worst of the heavy rain missing the county.

Although due to happen elsewehre in the south west, sustained heavy rain is not currently forecast for Gloucestershire today or tomorrow.

Gloucestershire Highways did have additional response crews on standby across the county overnight, they were not required to deal with any significant flooding incidents or attend any weather-related road closures overnight.

The council said gully emptying and unblocking crews would continue to be on standby.

Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service also did not attend any weather-related incidents overnight.

Earlier today, Coun Will Windsor-Clive, Gloucestershire's cabinet member for communities, said: “We have seen some very wet weather over the last couple of weeks, but thankfully, the rain eased overnight and it was a quiet one for the county.

“We will, of course, continue to monitor the situation and are fully prepared if any more severe weather comes our way.

“Since the floods of 2007, the county council has invested heavily in flood alleviation works. Ongoing drainage works and major schemes with partners have made a real difference to the flood risk in the county.”

While there are currently no reported problems on the county’s roads, continued outbreaks of rain over the weekend are likely to result in standing water on parts of the highway and heavy rain reducing visibility.

Drivers are, therefore, being warned to slow down and drive according to the conditions and not to attempt to cross deep flood water.

Jason Humm, Highways Manager at Gloucestershire Highways said, “Gloucestershire Highways and our colleagues at Fire and Rescue are fully prepared, and have crews on hand locally to keep residents in the county safe.

“I would encourage all drivers to take care when driving and leave plenty of room for braking on wet roads.”

Any problems on the roads, contact Gloucestershire Highways on 08000 514 514.

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