Gloucestershire flooding: Forest of Dean hit hardest
HOMES and roads across the Forest of Dean were flooded amid yesterday's downpours.
Firefighters had to pump water out of 12 houses in the Steam Mills area of Cinderford.
Sandbags and gullies were also used to try and protect the properties
Cinderford watch commander Andy Fitt said the service was alerted to one flooded home, but other residents asked for their homes to be pumped out.
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"It appeared to come up through the drainage system," he said. "Once there, more householders told us they needed their house pumped out, so another appliance was despatched."
Crews were also called to deal with flooding at homes in Little Drybrook.
Around 80mm of rain was predicted to fall yesterday.
Police said several crashes were caused by cars skidding on surface water, but nobody was seriously injured.
They also had reports of an abandoned car near Cinderford and roads blocked by water in Hopes Hill in Newnham and Elton Road at the junction with the A48.
Trees were blown down in Littledean Hill and Clearwell, blocking the roads.
A spokesman for the county council said: "Gloucestershire Highways have been kept busy with flooding incidents around the county, with the Forest of Dean worst hit.
"Roads are flooded with Parkend particularly badly affected."
She said the Steam Mills flooding had been handed over to Severn Trent.
A spokesman for the water company said it would be checking the drains in the area.
A flood alert was issued for Cinderford Brook as well as the Rivers Lyd and Leadon.
There were also reports of 2ft of water at Malswick Mill, near Newent and drivers said there was a lot of surface water on the Dursley Road in Cam.
The Met Office is forecasting more rain in the county this afternoon and evening.