Flooding Situation - Update 16:30

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Flooding Situation - Update 16:30

The emergency services would like to thank the public for their continuing assistance and cooperation with this unprecedented incident.

In many areas floodwaters are now receding but extra vigilance is still advised.

There are still ongoing incidents in Tewkesbury which emergency services are dealing with.

There is a threat of further flooding because river levels are still expected to rise.

In particular people are being advised to avoid Gloucester City Centre this evening to prevent a repeat of last night's problems. People should stay at home and only make essential journeys.

Rest centre have been in operation in Gloucester, Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and Chipping Campden. At there peak around 2000 people were being looked after.

Police have opened an information line on 0800 092 0410 for people to call who have enquiries regarding the flooding situation. This will be open until 8pm.

Gloucestershire County Council Contact Centre have also been dealing with calls to 01452 426868.

The Environment Agency's number is 0121 7112791. You can also visit their website for advice by clicking here.

People are urged only to call 999 in a genuine life-threatening emergency.

There have been no fatalities or serious injuries as a result of the flooding.

Hundreds of homes in the county have been affected, there is no specific figure at this time as the situation is ongoing.

The M5 motorway is open but moving very slowly, people are still advised to only make essential journeys.

Anyone who is attempting to recover their abandoned vehicle is advised to do so with extreme caution. Be aware of all traffic around you as well as any floodwaters.

Posted : 21/07/2007 22:26:29

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