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Cheltenham Borough Council statement:

We know from tests that the oxygen levels in the lake had dropped considerably, so the Environment Agency is recirculating water into the lake in an effort to stabilize oxygen levels.

Low oxygen levels could be due to a number of factors linked to environmental conditions such as decomposing algae or sediment stirred up by recent storms.

The surviving fish now have areas which are oxygenated and we will continue to work with the Environment Agency to make sure that oxygen levels stay at the required level.

Although tests for blue-green algae have returned negative, we would still like to remind people that there is no fishing on the lake until further notice to allow for the clean-up operation."

– Janice Peacey, Community Ranger

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Three flood warnings issued for Somerset

There are three flood warnings in place in the region tonight. The first is for Salt Moor and North Moor, including East Lyng, Burrowbridge, West Yeo, Moorland and Fordgate.

There is also one for the A361 East Lyng to Burrowbridge and Curry Moor and Hay Moor. More rain is expected overnight and people living in areas at risk are advised to take action.

Flood warnings in force in the west

The Environment Agency has issued five flood warnings affecting our region. If you are at risk of flooding you are advised to take the usual steps to protect yourself and your property.

  • Somerset coast at Portishead and Portbury Dock, seafront properties
  • Somerset coast at Clevedon, seafront properties
  • Somerset coast at Blue Anchor, seafront properties
  • Tidal River Avon at Pill and Shirehampton, Watch House Road and Station Road areas
  • Somerset coast at Porlock Weir

You can keep up with developments on the Environment Agency website.

Flood warning on River Chew

The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for the River Chew from Chew Stoke to Keynsham near Bristol.

20 to 30mm of rain was forecast to fall between 6 pm tonight and 6 am tomorrow (Saturday), with up to 40mm possible in isolated areas.

Levels on the River Chew at Compton Dando are stable but are expected to rise reaching flood warning status at about 3am on Saturday morning.

People whose homes are at risk should take appropriate action.

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