Flood map shows red alert near Tewkesbury after Storm Mathis …
A Flood Warning for part of the River Severn has been issued by the Environment Agency on Saturday evening (April 1). The red alert, which means flooding is expected, was sounded at 5.15pm for Severn Ham, Tewkesbury.
It follows outbreaks of heavy rain that saturated the ground and caused river levels to rise across the county. Even though the rain has ended, the aftermath is still being felt.
The A419 Ebley Bypass is impassable due to flooding from Cotswold Way at the Leonard Stanley turn-off to the B4008 at the Horse Trough roundabout. There was also flooding off the A417 at the Elkstone turn-off that led one car partially submerged.
Issuing its Flood Warning, the Environment Agency said: “Flooding is expected in this area. This means properties are at risk of flooding. Please take action to protect yourself and your property and monitor local weather and river conditions.
“Avoid contact with, walking or driving through flood water. Consider activating any property flood protection products you may have..”
(Image: Environment Agency)
Gloucestershire can be vulnerable to flooding days after heavy rainfall as it can come down to the county from the Welsh mountains. All eyes will be on river levels for the rest of the weekend and the start of next week.
There are also Flood Alerts – which mean flooding is possible – on the River Severn in Gloucestershire and Worcestershire. Also under Flood Alerts are tributaries in Cheltenham and Tewkesbury, the River Windrush from Bourton-on-the-Water to Newbridge, and the River Thames and its small tributaries from Calcutt to Lechlade.
The Met Office is forecasting no more rain on Saturday or Sunday. By Monday and also on Tuesday, there could be hours of continuous sunshine.
- ^ Car caught in floodwater near A417 in the wake of Storm Mathis (www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk)