The Environment Agency encourage all those who may be at risk of flooding to remain vigilant and take steps to protect themselves by:
- Signing up for free flood warnings via Floodline on 0345 988 1188
- Keeping up to date with the latest flood information on their website at www.gov.uk/check-if-youre-at-risk-of-flooding
- Checking the live flood warning map at https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/map
- Downloading their free Smartphone Flood Alert App
- Following their official twitter account @EnvAgencyMids to keep updated on the work they are doing.
Tewkesbury Borough Council are working with key partners including the Environment Agency, police, fire and rescue, county council and health colleagues to ensure they are as prepared as possible.
Weather and river levels
Flood warnings are back in place for Gloucestershire, and river levels are set to remain or rise again slightly over the next few days with peaks expected tomorrow and remaining high through to the weekend.
For this week, the Environment Agency expect river levels to reach the levels they did last week – with the expectation it could be around six inches higher in the Sandhurst and Ashleworth area.
There is more persistent rain expected this week – both here and in Wales. Therefore, the Environment Agency expects this flooding event to go into next week too.
The majority of roads are currently open, with the exception of the A417 Maisemore which was closed again this morning. Please keep an eye on the county council’s website for road closures as these do change:
The council have a good supply of filled sandbags at the Public Services Centre – they are available to vulnerable residents who have registered with us to receive assisted waste collections and we have mechanisms in place to deliver to these vulnerable residents, should this be necessary.
If you know if someone who needs sandbags outside of office hours, please call: 01684 293445. Alternatively, the council have empty sandbags that residents can take and fill themselves – builders merchants should have a good stock of sand or soil can also be put in bin bags and used in the same way as sandbags.
The council will have officers out door knocking in the areas that we are expecting to be worst affected today and tomorrow ensuring that people are watching the flood levels and ensuring that there are sufficient sandbags on the ground for vulnerable residents.
Reminder of the key numbers:
• Tewkesbury Borough Council Sandbags: 01684 295010
• Tewkesbury Borough Council Sandbags (Out of hours): 01684 293445
• To speak to a member of my team (Non-emergency only): 01684 291640
For the latest on road closures, visit: www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/…/roads-in…/current-road-closures
Stay safe! Please remember NOT to drive through flood waters. Doing so puts yourself and others at risk and can result in water being pushed into surrounding homes.