Storm Eunice: Major incident declared

A MAJOR incident has been declared in the county meaning there is danger to life through flooding and high winds.

A red weather alert and flood warnings running along the Severn Estuary up to Longford have been put in place for tomorrow morning from 7am, coinciding with the arrival of Storm Eunice.

Local agencies are asking residents in properties that are expected to flood to heed the warnings and take the necessary action.

Residents across the county as a whole also need to be vigilant due to the high winds.

Staff from local councils and the emergency services will be knocking on doors this afternoon to ensure people who need to evacuate can do safely.

Those who are evacuating are asked to pass on this notice and knock on neighbours’ doors if possible.

Flood mapping:

https://check-for-flooding.service.gov.uk/alerts-and-warnings?q=gloucestershire&fbclid=IwAR1LnHJK52GfwP6lmO5si1-D13akp3hbSF2WWyvg7gyczOWW-J81l-hOEDE

Road closures:

https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/highways/roads/winter-and-severe-weather/current-road-closures/?fbclid=IwAR08DMlBwhMgjxR66TlmbayEx4twNMg42s-PXLUSANUfinibwbp-kJizEF8

School closures:

https://closures.gloucestershire.gov.uk/

What to expect:

• Flying debris resulting in danger to life

• Damage to buildings and homes, with roofs blown off and power lines brought down

• Uprooted trees

• Roads, bridges and railway lines closed, with delays and cancellations to public transport and flights

• Power cuts affecting other services, such as mobile phone coverage

• Large waves and beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and homes, including flooding of some coastal properties

What you need to do:

• If you live in a flood risk area, you are advised to leave your home and stay with family or friends if possible.

• If you are unable to do that, you are advised to move to the nearest rest centre tonight (see your local council website).

Met Office:

https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings?fbclid=IwAR3nWiGx-24h5PKJ5Tk6yZUMRodFypbp2SFHOZmbSYrkKPbnta0SER5OvCQ#?date=2022-02-18

Highways emergencies:

Report highways emergencies 08000 514514. Drive slowly & safely. Beware of storm damage including fallen trees, and loose manhole covers that may be hidden by puddles. www.gloucestershire.gov.uk

Staying safe in a storm:

https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/…/you…/stay-safe-in-a-storm

Police web page:

https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/police-forces/gloucestershire-constabulary/areas/gloucestershire/campaigns/campaigns/2022/storm-eunice-major-incident-declared—danger-to-life-through-flooding-and-high-winds/?fbclid=IwAR1nJls_PndZuRO-tOsWt9KIZZKp-04K-7gvQZ-MJyo7mh-hJC1X5Ipbg7g

In an emergency or when there is a threat to life always call 999.

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