Flooding latest: Warning issued for River Severn at Diglis

Flooding latest: Warning issued for River Severn at Diglis

Flooding latest: Warning issued for River Severn at Diglis

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A FLOOD warning has been issued for the Diglis area of Worcester following heavy rain over the past few days.

The Environment Agency issued the warning this evening predicting the River Severn in the south of the city would peak at about 4.4 metres on Sunday morning as a result of water flowing from Gloucester.

Hood Street and Quay Street could be affected by floodwater.

Warnings have also been issued for the River Severn at Upton – where the town’s new flood gates were closed this morning to protect homes and businesses from floodwater – Hanley Castle, Saxons Lodge, Court Meadow, Kempsey and Callow End, where the river is predicted to continue to rise until Monday.

A flood alert warning that flooding is possible is also in place for the Bow and Piddle Brook, which is expected to continue to rise until tomorrow morning.

Roads closed as a result of flooding include:

  • The B4211 Hanley Road and New Street in Upton.
  • Mill Bank in Fladbury.
  • The B4080 Pershore Road in Eckington.
  • Green Lane in Oddingley.

The A4103 at Storridge, the A449 in Ledbury and Horn Lane in Hillside are passable but flooded.

In Worcester, the Pithcroft Car Park off Castle Street has been closed until further notice to prevent risk to parked cars at Hylton Road is closed until 8.30pm this evening while water pumps are installed.

For the latest flood warnings across the country click here or call the Environment Agency’s floodline on 0845 988 1188.

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9:47am Sat 4 Jan 14

Grumbleweed Connection says...

How can water be flowing from Gloucester to Diglis in Worcester? I am looking at the Severn now, and believe me, the flow direction is towards the South!
How can water be flowing from Gloucester to Diglis in Worcester? I am looking at the Severn now, and believe me, the flow direction is towards the South! Grumbleweed Connection
  • Score: 8

10:35am Sat 4 Jan 14

Keith B says...

Quay Street has been underwater since Christmas.
Quay Street has been underwater since Christmas. Keith B
  • Score: 1

11:25am Sat 4 Jan 14

voledog says...

Grumbleweed Connection wrote:
How can water be flowing from Gloucester to Diglis in Worcester? I am looking at the Severn now, and believe me, the flow direction is towards the South!
Because the Severn below Gloucester it tidal and twice a day flows upstream. When the tide comes in, exacerbated by a storm surge and a bore, the flood water backs up and causes flooding upstream.
[quote][p][bold]Grumbleweed Connection[/bold] wrote: How can water be flowing from Gloucester to Diglis in Worcester? I am looking at the Severn now, and believe me, the flow direction is towards the South![/p][/quote]Because the Severn below Gloucester it tidal and twice a day flows upstream. When the tide comes in, exacerbated by a storm surge and a bore, the flood water backs up and causes flooding upstream. voledog
  • Score: 2

1:25pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Grumbleweed Connection says...

voledog wrote:
Grumbleweed Connection wrote:
How can water be flowing from Gloucester to Diglis in Worcester? I am looking at the Severn now, and believe me, the flow direction is towards the South!
Because the Severn below Gloucester it tidal and twice a day flows upstream. When the tide comes in, exacerbated by a storm surge and a bore, the flood water backs up and causes flooding upstream.
You are correct but misunderstanding the extent of the back up. The bore limit is Gloucester and even the highest Bristol tides and bores are not registered at Tewkesbury wier when it is flooded. Under flood conditions, tidal oscillations are not registered on the Severn gauges at Saxons Lode or Diglis so there is no 'back up' or visible tidal effects on flow rate at these points. The vertical drop from Worcester to Bristol is about 10m. Add a further 4m of flood water and the tidal effect on the flow rate at Worcester will be negligible.

The original article cites 'water flowing from Gloucester' implying water flowing north via Upton upon Severn. It is totally impossible. It has never happened and it never will!
[quote][p][bold]voledog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Grumbleweed Connection[/bold] wrote: How can water be flowing from Gloucester to Diglis in Worcester? I am looking at the Severn now, and believe me, the flow direction is towards the South![/p][/quote]Because the Severn below Gloucester it tidal and twice a day flows upstream. When the tide comes in, exacerbated by a storm surge and a bore, the flood water backs up and causes flooding upstream.[/p][/quote]You are correct but misunderstanding the extent of the back up. The bore limit is Gloucester and even the highest Bristol tides and bores are not registered at Tewkesbury wier when it is flooded. Under flood conditions, tidal oscillations are not registered on the Severn gauges at Saxons Lode or Diglis so there is no 'back up' or visible tidal effects on flow rate at these points. The vertical drop from Worcester to Bristol is about 10m. Add a further 4m of flood water and the tidal effect on the flow rate at Worcester will be negligible. The original article cites 'water flowing from Gloucester' implying water flowing north via Upton upon Severn. It is totally impossible. It has never happened and it never will! Grumbleweed Connection
  • Score: 10

8:07pm Sat 4 Jan 14

mauro balbino says...

Grumbleweed Connection wrote:
voledog wrote:
Grumbleweed Connection wrote:
How can water be flowing from Gloucester to Diglis in Worcester? I am looking at the Severn now, and believe me, the flow direction is towards the South!
Because the Severn below Gloucester it tidal and twice a day flows upstream. When the tide comes in, exacerbated by a storm surge and a bore, the flood water backs up and causes flooding upstream.
You are correct but misunderstanding the extent of the back up. The bore limit is Gloucester and even the highest Bristol tides and bores are not registered at Tewkesbury wier when it is flooded. Under flood conditions, tidal oscillations are not registered on the Severn gauges at Saxons Lode or Diglis so there is no 'back up' or visible tidal effects on flow rate at these points. The vertical drop from Worcester to Bristol is about 10m. Add a further 4m of flood water and the tidal effect on the flow rate at Worcester will be negligible.

The original article cites 'water flowing from Gloucester' implying water flowing north via Upton upon Severn. It is totally impossible. It has never happened and it never will!
Hi Guys.
Thanks for what I learnt from both :-)
[quote][p][bold]Grumbleweed Connection[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]voledog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Grumbleweed Connection[/bold] wrote: How can water be flowing from Gloucester to Diglis in Worcester? I am looking at the Severn now, and believe me, the flow direction is towards the South![/p][/quote]Because the Severn below Gloucester it tidal and twice a day flows upstream. When the tide comes in, exacerbated by a storm surge and a bore, the flood water backs up and causes flooding upstream.[/p][/quote]You are correct but misunderstanding the extent of the back up. The bore limit is Gloucester and even the highest Bristol tides and bores are not registered at Tewkesbury wier when it is flooded. Under flood conditions, tidal oscillations are not registered on the Severn gauges at Saxons Lode or Diglis so there is no 'back up' or visible tidal effects on flow rate at these points. The vertical drop from Worcester to Bristol is about 10m. Add a further 4m of flood water and the tidal effect on the flow rate at Worcester will be negligible. The original article cites 'water flowing from Gloucester' implying water flowing north via Upton upon Severn. It is totally impossible. It has never happened and it never will![/p][/quote]Hi Guys. Thanks for what I learnt from both :-) mauro balbino
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