Flooding Situation - Emergency Services Update

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Flooding Situation - Emergency Services Update

Emergency Services Update 8.50pm

Gloucestershire's emergency services continue to work tirelessly with colleagues from other agencies to return normality to Gloucestershire residents following the flooding.

While the flooding situation has greatly improved during the last 24 hours, there are still areas under water, most significantly Tewkesbury and surrounds.

A watching brief is being kept on water levels, most particularly around Gloucester Quay, and tidal changes.

The priority of the emergency services, with colleagues from the local authority, utility companies and the Military, is to safeguard electricity substations.

The main priority is protecting the Walham electricity substation in Gloucester from flooding.

Efforts are also being made to safeguard smaller substations in a bid to ensure electricity supplies are not lost from county homes on a wider scale than is already the case.

At the Mythe Water Treatment Works the fire service are working with Severn Trent and other agencies to try and pump out the station.

However water supplies to Gloucester have run out with Cheltenham the next main area which could be at risk from loss of supply.

Severn Trent has made arrangements for water bowsers to be brought into the county, these have been deployed to165 locations prioritising the Tewkesbury and Gloucester area.

The bowser water is safe drinking water. People are advised to boil it. This is because the containers the public use to collect it may be dirty, the water may become contaminated whilst in someone's home or many people may share the water. This could cause cross contamination.

If the water is collected in clean containers and not contaminated then it is safe to drink.

Bottled water is also being distributed as widely as possible.

Rest centres are still open in Gloucester (GL1 leisure centre) and Cinderford (Heywood School), where evacuated residents from Tewkesbury were transferred due to the threat of loss of power in Tewkesbury.

The Ambulance Service and Primary Care Trust have been making checks on residents in the Priors Park area of Tewkesbury who are without power and who may have health issues reliant on power supply.

Posted : 22/07/2007 22:25:43

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