THE SEVERN Bore has now gone through Elmore and Minsterworth with reports that the water has overtopped the defences in some parts.

The tidal surge will follow and is due to reach Gloucester around 11am today. All agencies are asking people to stay away from the water.

Flood alerts have been issued along the stretch of the River Severn, including Sharpness. Slimbridge, Berkeley and Thornbury.

Roads now under flood waters:

  • The A48 is now closed between Oakle Street and Elton Corner
  • Northway Lane in Tewkesbury is currently impassable due to flooding.
  • There are reports that Goose Lane in Rodley is also impassable

Gloucestershire Highways area manager Jason Humm said: “We’ve had a fair amount of rainfall on saturated ground so there has been some surface water on the highways and we would urge drivers to continue to take extra care travelling around the county.

“We’ve had additional gangs on overnight and into this morning and the workforce will prioritise any flooding issues that may arise.

"Rising river levels have caused some issues with roads locally and we are anticipating further issues at the A417 in Maisemore.

"Gangs are fully prepared to react immediately if needed and we would encourage people to use alternative routes.”

Meanwhile rest centres have been activated in Tewkesbury and the Forest of Dean for concerned residents.

Visit your local councils website or for more details.

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