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Take care on wet roads during rush hour today


With the Met Office predicting showery rain spells to continue on and off for the rest of the day, Gloucestershire County Council is prepared and reminds drivers to take it steady by drive according to the conditions.

Showery spells today could be heavy enough to bring some localised surface water flooding and treacherous travelling conditions at times, especially on high speed roads.

The county council is keeping a close eye on conditions, monitoring Environment Agency flood alerts and Gloucestershire river levels over the coming days.

Highways crews are on standby across the county to deal with incidents as they arise.

Gully emptying and unblocking crews are also on standby.

No roads are currently closed due to the weather, but standing water can be found on many parts of the highway with heavy rain reducing visibility.

Drivers are being warned to slow down and drive according to the conditions.

This morning a tree was down on the B4226 near Speech House and traffic heading towards Coleford was diverted safely.

This afternoon Cirencester Road at Severn Springs is partially flooded, but is passable with care. Drivers should allow extra time for their journeys.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways said, "I'd like to reassure residents and commuters that our highway crews are prepared for the wet weather we're having today. Take it steady during rush hour today, reduce your speed, avoid heavy braking, slow down when approaching standing water and turn and manoeuvre gently. I'm glad it looks like some dryer weather is on the way for the weekend."

The county may also see some thunder and lightening this afternoon.

According to the Met Office, the weather is expected to get better after today. A few showers are possible tomorrow (Friday), Saturday and Sunday look like seeing lots of fine and dry weather for everyone, and some decent spells of sunshine too, although temperatures will probably be a little cooler than last weekend.

The county council's highway crews work around the clock every day of the year to keep Gloucestershire safe and moving. Anyone on Twitter can follow @GlosRoads to find out what is being worked on at the moment and look out for the hashtag #highways365 for the latest updates.

For any problems on the roads, please call 08000 514 514.

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