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Storm blows out with minimal impact

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: October 29, 2013

Flooding by the Texaco petrol station on Lansdown Road

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THE storm which had threatened to cause widespread disruption ended up as a damp squib in Gloucestershire.

A blustery start, which caused minor flooding and a small amount of road closures, improved as the day continued.

The Met Office has confirmed the risk from very strong winds has now passed for the county, but rain was forecast, leading to the risk of flooding.

Leckhampton Hill, Cheltenham, was closed yesterday due a large amount of water, as was Lansdown Road, in Cheltenham, near Dean Close School.

Teams from Gloucestershire Council were called to a large number of incidents across the county, including a small number of fallen trees and surface flooding, caused by fallen leaves blocking gullies.

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue crews dealt with more than 35 weather related incidents, including nine 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 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 was a changing picture across the county as we responded to incidents as they are reported to us.

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

Vernon Smith, cabinet member for roads and flood said: "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."

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