Gloucestershire on flood alert as heavy rain forecast
FLOOD alerts are in place in Gloucester and the Forest of Dean due to melting snow and heavy rain and there are fears river levels will peak on Wednesday.
The Environment Agency has already warned that water levels are rising steadily, with the River Severn in Gloucester set to peak on Wednesday.
And with rain predicted every day this week, with heavy downpours on Wednesday, there are fears river levels will rise further. The agency predicts levels could reach between 4.5 metres and five metres today, with flooding possible around Sandhurst from three metres – which gauges last night showed levels had already reached. There are also alerts for the River Lyd, in Lydney, the River Wye and Cinderford Brook.
An agency spokesman said: "Emergency teams have been out in force this weekend shoring up flood defences, monitoring river levels and clearing blockages from watercourses. They will continue their work on the ground to reduce the risk of flooding throughout the week."
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Forest of Dean District councillor Bruce Hogan (L, Lydbrook and Ruardean) lives in Lydbrook, which was badly affected by flooding at the end of last year.
He said: "The water level in the Wye looks okay at the moment. The snow melt is working its way through the brooks at the moment, I don't think we should be too worried."