Gloucestershire County Council Press Release

County response continues following St Jude storm

The Met Office has forecast improving conditions across the western half of England this morning, but with more rain to come Gloucestershire County Council remains prepared to respond to weather incidents across the county.

Gloucestershire escaped relatively unscathed from the forecast strong winds. However, with large amounts of rain overnight this has led to problems with surface water and some incidents of property flooding this morning.

Emergency response highway crews consisting of 80 road workers and specialist tree surgeons have been on standby around the clock dealing with incidents as reported.

By 10am this morning highway teams had responded to a large number of incidents across the county, including a small number of fallen trees and surface flooding incidents caused by fallen leaves blocking gullies.

A fallen tree, on the A435 at Colesbourne, has restricted the carriageway but the road remains open as tree surgeons are on site working to clear the road completely.

The A46 Shurdington Road is now passable with care after a jetter was deployed to the area.

Blocked gully gratings under the railway bridge at Hyde Lane, Cheltenham have now been cleared.

Surface water drainage issues have been reported at A48 at Bullo, Ruddle and Elton Corner. Again, highway teams have deployed a jetter to the scene and the road remains open and is passable with care.

In Gloucester, Bristol Road and Cecil Road junction has experienced surface water flooding. A jetter is being used to help clear the road.

At Church Lane, Gloucester the watercourse has flooded and highway teams are on standby to clear the trash screen as soon as water levels have gone down.

St. Barnabas Roundabout has also seen some problems with surface water flooding, and crews are being sent in to clear the site.

Tredworth Road under the railway bridge in Gloucester has been closed until surface water subsides enough for crews to access the drainage system to clear it.

In the Forest, crews are dealing with surface water flooding in the Whitecroft and Parkend areas.

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue crews have dealt with a total of 35 weather related incidents, including 9 reports of property flooding in the Forest of Dean, Gloucester and Cheltenham.

Fire crews have inspected properties, helped divert water and have pumped out four properties with two pumping operations currently still ongoing.

Fire crews were also called out to two road traffic accidents, one in Kingswood and one on the M50 motorway, and have attended a number of properties overnight where automatic fire alarms have been activated by the heavy rain.

Richard Waters from Gloucestershire Highways said:"It is a changing picture across the county as we continue to respond to incidents as they are reported to us"

"The police have assisted us by closing some roads at certain times to allow emergency clearance work to take place, but virtually all roads are now open and passable with care"

You can continue to report any issues on the road via www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/transport or call 08000 514 514

Jon Hall, Chief Fire Officer for Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service said:"It has been a busy night for fire and rescue crews across the county. We still have two pumping operations ongoing. Should more rain fall fire crews are fully prepared to respond to help keep the county safe."

Vernon Smith, cabinet member for roads and flood said "Highway crews have been working hard throughout the night to try and minimise the impact of the storm as much as possible. After the ongoing emergency response, officers will switch to inspecting known problem areas"

"Fortunately the county has escaped the strong forecast winds, but after a huge amount of rain in a short period of time drainage systems have become overloaded quickly, resulting in surface water flooding."

"Since the floods of 2007 we have invested heavily in flood alleviation and drainage works which has helped to make a difference."

Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, Gloucestershire County Council cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: "We have seen some very wet weather overnight and our fire crews have done a great job responding to emergencies to keep communities safe."

The Met Office has confirmed that the risk from very strong winds has now passed for Gloucestershire, but with rain still forecast highway and fire crews remain prepared to deal with any weather related emergencies as they arise.

If you come across standing water on the roads the advice is to reduce your speed; avoid heavy braking; slow down when approaching standing water; and turn and manoeuvre gently.

ENDS

Issued by Hayley Clemmens, Gloucestershire County Council Media Team, 01452 425226

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28th October 2013