County prepared for latest tidal surge today, Monday

County prepared for latest tidal surge today, Monday

County prepared for latest tidal surge today, Monday

First published in News Stroud News and Journal: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Gloucestershire authorities are preparing once again for this morning's Severn bore and tidal surge.

The surge will be travelling up the estuary from 10am at Sharpness and is due to hit Epney at 10.30am then Minsterworth at 11am and finally Gloucester at 11.30am.

Anthony Perry from the Environment Agency said the expected surge could bring levels up to a similar level we saw on Saturday.

"The combined bore, high tide and surge means we may see some of the flood defences along the Severn Estuary overtopping again today," he said.

"With tides expected to remain high and more heavy rain forecast for the middle of next week, we ask communities along the tidal reaches of the Severn and Wye in Gloucestershire to remain vigilant and flood aware.

"Depending on how much rainfall we receive, we could see levels on the Severn remaining high between Tewkesbury and Gloucester, and even increasing towards the end of the week.

"We are likely to see the smaller watercourses in Gloucestershire rising again this week.

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For the latest information on flooding go to www.environment-agency.gov.uk.

Meanwhile, Gloucestershire Police will be on the A48 monitoring the area and Superintendent Emma Ackland is asking people not to take any risks.

"The tidal surges over the weekend were powerful enough to sweep over the A48 at Minsterworth," she said.

"If necessary, we will be closing the same section of road whilst the tidal surge goes through this morning.

"This is purely a precaution to keep people safe and we will reopen the road as soon as possible.

"The key thing is, this is likely to happen after rush hour so we are hoping there will be minimum disruption."

Jason Humm from Gloucestershire Highways says they are continuing to monitor the county's roads but would like to remind people about the dangers of flood water.

"We are continually assessing the situation but would like to remind people not to drive through flood waters. They won’t know how deep the waters are and potential dangers that could be hidden below the surface," he said.

Meanwhile local authorities remain on alert. Tewkesbury Borough, Stroud and Forest of Dean district councils are ready to stand up rest centres if required and are working with the health services to ensure vulnerable people are safe.

For up to date information follow @Glos_Prepared on Twitter using the hashtag #floodglos or log onto the website www.glosprepared.co.uk.

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