Flooding alerts in Gloucestershire after forecasts of heavy rain
RESIDENTS in Gloucestershire are preparing themselves for flooding as the county prepares for bad weather early this week.
Temperatures are set to rise across the county to around 3C (37.4F) to 9C (50F) after the freezing temperatures and snow for the last two weeks.
Rain is also expected in parts of Gloucestershire from tomorrow afternoon till Tuesday morning.
Heavy rain over the weekend and melting snow caps from the mountains have set off warning alerts from the Environment Agency in parts of the county.
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Rainfall on Friday and overnight on Saturday, combined with the thawing of lying snow on already saturated ground, has lead to some flood alerts and warnings being issued in Gloucestershire.
There are three tiers of flood statuses, from flood alerts, where flooding is possible, to flood warnings, where immediate action is required because flooding is expected, and severe flood warnings, where there is danger to life because of severe flooding.
There were three flood warnings and nine flood alerts in Gloucestershire today.
Flood alerts are in place in Gloucester and the Forest of Dean due to melting snow and heavy rain.
The River Severn, from Tewkesbury to Gloucester, was around 2.9 to 3.3 metres on Saturday, and is expected to peak on Wednesday.
At Severn Ham, including Abbey Mill, Upper and Lower Lode, a flood warning has been issued, with a peak level between 3.9 and 4.5 metres expected today.
And a warning for the River Frome at Brimscombe and Thrupp has been issued this evening (Sunday) as river levels rise slowly
There are also alerts for the River Lyd, in Lydney, and Cinderford Brook.
An Environment Agency spokesperson said: "Emergency teams from the Environment Agency have been out in force this weekend shoring up flood defences, monitoring river levels and clearing blockages from watercourses, and they will continue their work on the ground to reduce the risk of flooding throughout the week."
"We will continue to keep a close watch on the situation and would urge people to check the Environment Agency website for the latest information here and sign up for free flood warnings on the Environment Agency's website or by calling the Environment Agency Flood Line on 0845 988 1188."
Full story in Monday's Echo and Citizen. Updates on flood alerts and warnings as they come in.