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Cotswold DC Leader Praises Flood Workers and Heros
Cotswold District Council Leader Cllr Lynden Stowe has praised the incredible work of the emergency services, local authorities, volunteers and Cotswold residents in coping with the recent floods.
Cllr Stowe said: "There has been a fantastic response to this unprecedented situation in Gloucestershire.
"The emergency planning services - including the police, fire & rescue and local councils have worked round the clock to co-ordinate a county-wide response.
"While the emergency and military services have been dealing admirably with the situation on the ground, we must not forget those who have worked behind the scenes at our local councils to provide rest centres, information and advice and will be helping with the aftermath for weeks to come.
"There are also many unsung heroes in our communities who have rallied round to help each other. Farmers have helped stranded motorists, families have opened their doors to complete strangers and our voluntary workers have been providing refreshments, shelter and transport."
"The victims of the flooding have coped stoically and I'm impressed how many businesses have been able to get back up and running so quickly."
Cllr Stowe added that the speed with which the flooding happened showed that local communities need to be prepared for such events.
He said: "We have every sympathy for those who have been hit by the flooding and understand the distress they are going through. However, I think we all need to heed the national advice that as individuals, we are responsible for trying to protect our properties against floods."
Cotswold District Council will be organising free collections for the foreseeable future of furniture and household goods ruined by the floods. More than 25 tonnes has been collected in just three days. Residents are asked to call 01285 623000 to arrange collection and to check with insurers before disposing of anything.
: 26/07/2007 16:15:02
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