Flooding latest...


Chris Bishop

Severe flood warnings were today in place in Gloucestershire as the swollen
River Severn swamped low-lying land.<
Upstream Worcestershire and Upton-on-Severn have already suffered the effects
of the highest water levels in more than 50 years.<
The Severn was expected to peak in Tewkesbury early tomorrow with the threat
of floods hanging over the area.<
Already low-lying land in the town such as the Vineyards beauty spot near
Tewkesbury Abbey has been swamped.<
The river had swollen by almost 20mm (almost an inch) in two hours earlier
today to nearly 4.5 metres high. It was expected to rise another 20mm before
Flood warnings were also in place in Gloucester. The river in the city area
has been rising slowly and is expected to peak over the weekend.<
An Environment Agency spokeswoman said: ``The severe flood warning is in place
for the river from Bewdley to north of Gloucester.<
``Flooding is imminent and residents should put plans in action now.
Tewkesbury could be flooded tonight or tomorrow.''<