Residents in Siddington should prepare for flooding from the river Churn after last night's heavy rainfall, Cotswold District Council have warned.

Cirencester, South Cerney and Cerney Wick are on high alert with flood warnings issued.

The news comes as roads across Gloucestershire are closed or deemed impassable.

“As we feared, more of our residents have water creeping closer to their properties putting them at risk of flooding in the next 24 hours and others are experiencing problems with toilets not flushing and showers backing up as sewer systems become inundated," said leader of the council, Joe Harris.

The council warned residents to avoid going near fast flowing rivers or walking through floodwater where there may be unseen hazards, such as missing manhole covers.

Clr Andrew Doherty, cabinet member for environment, said: “River levels are continuing to rise so we are likely to see conditions worsen over the next 48 hours.

“We are deploying sandbags where we can make a practical difference to try and avoid property flooding however we would urge residents who are at risk of flooding to take action and move furniture and other items upstairs or onto raised surfaces if they are able to.”

Anyone who feels they may be in danger of flooding should click here for advice and information.