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Flooding Threat Recedes in Cotswold District
The Environment Agency has confirmed that the majority of floodwaters in Cotswold district have gradually receded owing to relatively drier conditions following the heavy rain which fell over the last few days.
CDC staff are now distributing Health Protection Agency leaflets around households in Cirencester which have been affected by floodwater. The leaflets provide advice about cleaning up after floods and the health issues to be aware of in the wake of flooding events.
Working with Bromford Housing, a CDC Emergency Coordination team has also responded to concerns about elderly people in Chipping Campden and Willersey, ensuring that they are safe and well. The team has also worked with councillors in Bourton, Cirencester and Moreton-in-Marsh to address concerns raised by residents, and has been alerted to flooding in South Cerney and Daglingworth.
The Coordination team is continuing to monitor the situation and is encouraging residents to call suppliers directly to request sandbags – see www.cotswold.gov.uk for contact details. For other flooding problems, they are advising residents to call the Environment Agency on 0800 807060.
The Council’s waste collector, Ubico Ltd, is operating normally today and envisages no problems during the week. Ubico is providing a free removal service for flood-damaged goods – please call 01285 623000 to request a pick-up.
The Abbey Grounds car park in Cirencester is now accessible with care but permit holders can use the Waterloo Car Park until the water subsides.
The Highways Agency have confirmed that they have removed bollards which normally block Gooseacre Lane in Cirencester, providing temporary access to Gloucester Street to improve pedestrian vehicular safety.
Councillors in flood-affected areas have continued to work hard to help alleviate problems. Cllr Joe Harris, Ward Member for Cirencester Park and Deputy Mayor of Cirencester, was one of a number of volunteers in Cirencester who have been working with residents to stem the flow of water to properties. He commented:
“I am very grateful to everyone who pitched in to help in this hour of need. Teams from both the town and district councils were working since Sunday to mitigate the effects of the flooding, especially around the Abbey Grounds area. “
His views were echoed by Cllr John Burgess, the Ward Member for Cirencester Beeches and Cabinet lead for Support Services:
“It is very unfortunate that flooding occurred and sandbags need to be deployed in the district, but it is heartening to see how quickly everyone pulled together to lessen the effects of this abnormal weather. Thankfully, most motorists seem to be heeding warnings from the police.”
: 27/11/2012 16:46:03
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