Rain ruins Christmas in Gloucestershire as homes and businesses flood
FLOODING ruined Christmas when homes and businesses became victims of rising water levels.
Heavy rain combined with swelling rivers left many bailing out their properties on Christmas Day.
The White Bear in Tewkesbury flooded despite sandbags, and parts of the cellar and the bar underwater were still affected yesterday.
The rain came just a month after the pub's last floods, which took two weeks to clear up and shut the business for the period.
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Manager David Boazman should have been celebrating his seven-month-old son's first Christmas, but instead he spent Tuesday night trying to flood proof the building and Boxing Day clearing up as water continued to flow in.
The 35-year-old said: "It has been made worse by people speeding through the road and pushing the water into the pub. We are pumping the water out every 20 minutes, but it will only get worse if it keeps raining, so we are just praying the weather gets better.
"We have certainly missed out on a lot of Boxing Day trade, but lots of the locals have come in to help us clear up. It is just really sad and frustrating as we've spent a lot of money trying to flood-proof the pub."
He said other parts of Tewkesbury had been affected.
"I've heard of a few people having to bail out their homes on Christmas evening," he said.
"I think if the rain is as heavy as expected in the next couple of days it will be horrible for a lot of people."
Tewkesbury was not the only area affected. It was blue lights flashing and not Christmas trees tinkling in Estcote Road in Cirencester, in Maisemore and in Sandhurst.
Firefighters were called out just after 4pm and spent more than four hours pumping out and diverting water. Homes in nearby Dugdale Road and Blake Road were also affected.
Flooding is expected to continue across the county. Tewkesbury is once again at the centre of the threat as the River Severn is the subject of Environment Agency warnings, along with The River Churn.
Forecasters predict wet weather until Sunday, with only Saturday expected to see a slight relief from the downpours.