Gloucestershire braced for possible flooding as wet weather continues
WEATHER warnings are currently in place across Gloucestershire as the county braces itself for more rain.
Heavy downpours have been forecast for this evening following what has already been a very wet week.
And with more wet weather on the way the Met Office has issued rain warnings while the Environment Agency has flood warnings in place for Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury.
As a result residents are being advised to prepare for possible localised flooding.
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Also, people looking to make the Christmas getaway are being warned of the potential for traffic disruptions.
Weather experts expect some areas in the south west of England to have received in excess of 100mm of rainfall by the end of the weekend.
The weather warnings come as a national flooding charity urges people to sign an e-petition advocating the need for more regulation of the flooding insurance market.
The National Flood Forum believes that as a result of 'government inaction' over the 'unregulated' insurance market thousands of homes will be unable to obtain flood insurance next year.
Charles Tucker, chairman of the group, said: "Owen Paterson could end this uncertainty today by reaching an agreement with the insurance industry quickly.
"That's the sort of Christmas present families at high flood risk would really welcome."