Cheltenham Council says a big thank you

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Cheltenham Council says a big thank you

Council says a big thank you to staff, local companies and volunteers as work continues

The emergency management team is continuing to co-ordinate Cheltenham Borough Council's response to the current crisis.

Bottled water is still available from 8am until 8pm everyday until further notice (subject to delivery) from B&Q in Arle Court, Morrison's supermarket in Up Hatherley Way, Sainsbury's supermarket on Priors Road, Homebase on Tewkesbury Road and North Place car park.

The council expresses its thanks to the companies on these sites for their tremendous support with providing facilities, refreshments and even fork lift trucks.

Council staff, the army and police have been working together to ensure thousands of people have bottled drinking water.

Special deliveries of water for elderly and vulnerable people have been the top priority. The emergency team has been responding to their calls and ensuring their needs are being met.

In addition to the bottled water, over 300 bowsers are located around the town and more bowsers are expected. A full list of the locations can be found on Severn Trentís website www.stwater.co.uk

The council extends its thanks to members of the public who have volunteered to help people affected by the floods and water shortage. If people do want to volunteer, they are advised to call the Cheltenham Volunteer Bureau on 01242 257727.

In the meantime, Chris Huckle, deputy chief executive at Cheltenham Borough Council has this advice: "I would urge people to support their neighbours, ensuring they have enough drinking water and other essential supplies. There are now a large number of bowsers in various locations around Cheltenham so check on your neighbours and see if they need you to get some water for them."

Councillor Rob Garnham, deputy leader of the council said: "I'm immensely proud of the community spirit that is evident throughout Cheltenham. People are coping as best they can in the emergency and helping their neighbours and those in need to ensure they have water. I would urge people to act sensibly and listen to the advice given in the media, and I thank the public for their cooperation and help."

The council is continuing to operate its switchboard, from 8am to 8pm and is also publishing regular updates and essential information on its blog which can be found the council's website.

Posted : 26/07/2007 11:59:16

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