Warning of low-lying land flooding in Tewkesbury
TEWKESBURY remains on flood alert today as the wet weather continues across the county.
An Environment Agency flood warning for the town is still in place.
It applied to the River Severn at the Severn Ham, including Abbey Mill, Upper and Lower Lode and Shakespeare Court.
But water levels, the agency said, peaked overnight between Tuesday and yesterday. It said the flood warning, the only one in place in Gloucestershire, did not mean homes and businesses in the Tewkesbury area were expected to flood.
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An agency spokeswoman said: "It is a normal seasonal flood. The flood warning that we've issued is for extremely low-lying land which is part of the natural flood plain."
She said there were 12 properties in the affected area and none of them were expected to flood. Despite there having been a considerable amount of rain yesterday and the Met Office forecasting more for today and tomorrow in the county, the agency said it did not expect the situation in the Tewkesbury area to get worse.
And residents of the town once again urged people not to believe that Tewkesbury was suffering as it did after the exceptional deluge of 2007.
Patricia Purkiss, whose home is close to the River Avon, by Tewkesbury's Abbey Mill, said yesterday that the height of the river had fallen.
"The water was on Mill Street but it's gone. It's a very small seasonal flood. The one we had in May was a bit higher," she said.
She added: "It looks very pretty but there's absolutely no danger at all.
"If people want to come and look at the floods, they can.
"They will be able to get their cars in and out, no problem at all." The Haw Bridge Inn, at Tirley, near Tewkesbury, has flooded in the past when the River Severn has burst its banks.
But landlady Kelly Wright said yesterday: "It's all fine, there's no problem at all."
Many people in Tewkesbury are anxious to avoid the wrong message about flooding being put out. They said over-the-top national media reports in the past may have contributed to some people being put off visiting the town.
Earlier this month, Tewkesbury MP Laurence Robertson again promoted the fact that the town has recovered from the disaster of five years ago, when hundreds of homes and businesses were flooded.
He invited local and national guests to a champagne reception at the House of Commons to spread the word that Tewkesbury was very much open for business.