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Cotswold Flooding Update
Cotswold District Council's emergency team is continuing to respond to the flooding situation after working through the weekend to house affected residents and offer community help.
The Council is operating as part of the countywide emergency response team, co-ordinated from the police HQ at Waterwells, Gloucester.
Director of Environmental Services Ralph Young said: "We want to thank the many people of the Cotswolds who have volunteered their help by taking people in and offering shelter over the weekend.
"Our key responsibility in an emergency situation is to set up rest centres and find temporary accommodation. The public's support has been much appreciated – people are coping incredibly well in the circumstances.”
The Council remains on standby to open rest centres if needed - both for its own residents and, if necessary, to help other Districts where the situation is worse.
Teams of staff are out and about today assessing the scale of the damage and finding out what support is still needed in the community.
Clean-up operations are beginning in the North of the District where Chipping Campden, Bourton-on-the-Water and Moreton-in-Marsh were worst hit on Friday. Flooding then hit Lechlade and Fairford on Saturday.
The Council is offering a free collection service of household items ruined by the floods – please call 01285 623000 for further details.
The situation over the weekend was as follows:
Chipping Campden: The Town Hall opened as a ‘staging post’ for refreshments and shelter on Friday afternoon and the school opened as a rest centre. The only 2 people remaining at the school on Friday evening were given a bed for the night by a local volunteer. Around 30 others were assisted by the emergency services to find accommodation with friends/neighbours/pubs.
Moreton in Marsh: 256 people went to Moreton Fire College on Friday night. By the end of Saturday only 19 elderly people from The Grange flats required rehousing. 14 went to hotels and 5 with particular needs were housed by CDC working with Fosseway Housing Association.
Meysey Hampton: Two people from Green Acres mobile home park have been rehoused by the Council to Barton Court sheltered accommodation in Cirencester today (Monday). Two more are being assisted by the Council’s agents HomeView.
No rest centres have been required so far in Fairford and Lechlade – efforts have been co-ordinated to help people in need of shelter find accommodation with local volunteers.
In accordance with its plans, the Council used all its sandbags where they were most needed in strategic locations and, as anticipated, was unable to respond to individual requests. We have more on order for strategic use. Individuals requiring sandbags in case of future flooding are asked to make their own arrangements, as advised by the Environment Agency.
: 23/07/2007 16:37:27
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