Fears over flooding as county braced for more rain
CALM returned to Gloucestershire yesterday but another relentless band of rain is set to sweep in tonight.
Trees fell, waterways swelled, and roads closed as downpours, coupled with high winds, battered the county on Thursday night.
Frustration reached boiling point for drivers trying to get through Lobleys Drive in Brockworth, which police closed on Thursday.
Some motorists were seen taking their cars on to the pavement to drive around a massive pool of water yesterday.
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A police spokesman said the constabulary was "disappointed".
"Pavements are not a secondary route for drivers," he said. "Any motorists driving in such a way are committing an offence and we will take action where those are seen driving in such an irresponsible manner."
Lobleys Drive reopened yesterday.
Gloucestershire County Council and contractors from the Cooper's Edge developers consortium, which is still responsible for the road, were trying to clear the standing water throughout yesterday.
Elsewhere, fire crews were called at about 10.15pm on Thursday to rescue a lady who had driven into flood water on the road between Bromsberrow and Pendock and was trapped in her car. She was unhurt.
Several trees fell, blocking roads across the county. The rain also left the sports hall at Stratford Park Leisure Centre in Stroud under six inches of water but normal service was resumed within 24 hours.
With water levels at breaking point, there are fears that more rainfall will have nowhere to go.
The Environment Agency officially has Gloucestershire on a "low risk" flooding status but is warning people to be on their toes.
On Thursday a man died in Somerset after being trapped in his car.