Severe weather still affecting Gloucestershire

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Severe weather still affecting Gloucestershire

Overall the situation is improving although there are still serious problems in specific areas.

We would like to reassure people that the county council, and district councils are working hard together with the emergency services to manage the road network and ensure the safety of the most vulnerable communities.

The County Council's contact centre is open for people with urgent care needs.
The contact centre telephone number is 01452 426868.

Flooding Situation
Gloucester has been put on severe flood warning by the Environment Agency. This is affecting the quayside area of Gloucester and residents in the area are being evacuated.

There have been reports of sightseers driving around Gloucester and Tewkesbury to view the flooded areas. This is hampering the efforts of the services and could be dangerous as water levels rise.

Can children and young people please refrain from playing in flood waters. They could contain sewerage and submerged objects.

You can easily check the current flooding situation by Town, River or Postcode by visiting the Environment Agency website and using their Quick Search facility on the right of their page.

Severn Trent
The Mythe Water Treatment Works in Tewkesbury has flooded and is now not operational. Up to 150,000 households' water supply will run out in Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury.

Severn Trent has set up a helpline for concerned residents on 0800 7834444 or visit the web site at www.stwater.co.uk.

Important Health and Safety advice can be obtained from the Health Protection Agency's website at: http://www.hpa.org.uk/infections/topics_az/flooding/guidelines.htm

Major road news
Many roads in the Gloucester City area are now passable with care.
View the road closures page for the latest details across the county.

The M50 is open but several roads in the County remain closed & renewed flooding is resulting in others being closed as conditions change. Care is needed on some other roads in the County.

As the waters subside, staff from Gloucestershire Highways will be clearing debris from the roads and assessing the damage to the surface.

Social Care
The Rest Centre at Tewkesbury Borough Council is open and is currently looking after 50 people. The Rest Centre at GL1 is has reopened this morning as residents from Alney Terrace in Gloucester have been evacuated. River levels in Gloucester have risen overnight and are expected to continue to rise over the next 12 hours.

The county council's Welfare Team is coordinating requests for assistance from and for vulnerable members of the community.

We've heard some great stories about how people are helping each other out on the roads and in towns and villages. Please continue to do the neighbourly thing and check on elderly and vulnerable people.

Posted : 22/07/2007 17:04:34

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