Storm Bella flood alerts, and snow warning for Herefordshire

SEVEN flood alerts remain in place for Herefordshire today after Storm Bella hit the county… and now there’s a warning of snow and ice!

The flood alerts are for:

A flood alert is issued by the Environment Agency and means flooding is expected and people should be prepared.

The Met Office had issued a warning for heavy rain and wind in Herefordshire for Boxing Day evening.

But the county awoke to relative calm and bright sunshine this morning (Sunday).

Hereford Times: Hereford subway flooded this evening (Sunday). Picture: Karen FriedmanHereford subway flooded this evening (Sunday). Picture: Karen Friedman

There are no reports as yet of serious damage of disruption, but one woman said her husband had to sleep in his van after being trapped by floodwater near Malvern.

Dave Throup, the Environment Agency’s manager for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, said the effects of Storm Bella were being reviewed. Widespread river rises were expected but there were “no major impacts at this stage”. 

Hereford Times: Flooding at Lugg Flats, Hereford, today (December 2&). Picture: Michael AdamFlooding at Lugg Flats, Hereford, today (December 2&). Picture: Michael Adam

Neighbouring Worcestershire has been hit worse by the storm.

Flooding across the county is expected to continue throughout the day and into Tuesday in some areas.

There are 16 flood warnings where “action is required” – many of which affect Worcester.

A number of roads there are closed. Here’s the list.

Elsewhere in the UK, heavy rain already brought misery over Christmas period, with two severe flood warnings indicating a potential threat to life still in place at Cogenhoe Mill caravan site near Northampton and on the River Nene near Billing Aquadrome today (Sunday).

A further 88 flood warnings have been issued in England, six in Wales and 12 in Scotland.

Despite the bad conditions, gales meant that for the first time ever, more than half of Britain’s electricity was generated by wind power on Saturday.

The Met Office has now issued a snow and ice warning for Monday in Herefordshire.

It says:

  • Rain may turn to snow, which along with widespread ice, may mean some disruption to travel.
  • Some roads and railways likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services.
  • People shoud be wary of slipping and falling on icy surfaces
  • There will probably be some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths

Priority roads in Herefordshire are being gritted by 10pm tonight.

The warning is active from midnight until 6pm on Monday.

Hereford Times