County on flood alert

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  • THREE severe flood warnings remain in place in Gloucestershire this morning following a a tidal surge along the River Severn and heavy rain overnight. Keep up to date with the latest information with our live weather blog.

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This image of Weston-super-Mare shows the strength of the storm along the south west coast.
 

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FREELANCE photographer Mark Watkins took this picture of the River Severn which has flooded into Longney School's adventure playground

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STAFF at the Old Passage seafood restaurant in Arlingham were on high alert this morning after a severe flood warning was issued for the area.

The restaurant which sits on the River Severn has been flooded before and owner Sally Pearce took all precautions necessary to protect her buisness by moving all the furniture away from the river side of the building.

"There was very high water levels but fortunately we are fine and the tide did not breach the flood bank although it was very close," said Sally.

"We have all been on high alert and are now concerned about what is going to come next as the bad weather is likely to continue."

This picture was sent in by Sally. It shows the view from her restaurant, the Old Passage, in Arlingham.

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A CLOSE call at the Anchor Inn at Epney.

Freelance photographer Mark Watkins took this picture after the Severn Bore reached Epney this morning.

 

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FREELANCE photographer Mark Watkins took this picture of the Severn Bore at the Anchor Inn at Epney  around 8.30am this morning.

 

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THE Severn Bore has now gone through Elmore and Minsterworth with reports that the water has overtopped the defences in some parts. 

The tidal surge will follow and is due to reach Gloucester around 11am today. 

All agencies are asking people to stay away from the water.

Some roads are now under flood waters:-
The A48 is now closed between Oakle Street and Elton Corner
Northway Lane in Tewkesbury is currently impassable due to flooding
There are reports that Goose Lane in Rodley is also impassable

Gloucestershire Highways area manager Jason Humm said: “We’ve had a fair amount of rainfall on saturated ground so there has been some surface water on the highways and we would urge drivers to continue to take extra care travelling around the county.

“We’ve had additional gangs on overnight and into this morning and the workforce will prioritise any flooding issues that may arise.

"Rising river levels have caused some issues with roads locally and we are anticipating further issues at the A417 in Maisemore.

"Gangs are fully prepared to react immediately if needed and we would encourage people to use alternative routes.”

Meanwhile, rest centres have been activated in Tewkesbury and the Forest of Dean for concerned residents. 

Please visit your local councils website or www.glosprepared.co.uk/ for more details.

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