An invitation to all Gloucester residents
"Working Together" - a Flood Advice and Emergency Information Event
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Across the UK the flooding of June and July 2007 was some of the worst since records began. In Gloucester there was significant disruption, with more than 900 houses and 100 business being flooded.
Since then the City Council has been working with our multi-agency partners to respond to the aftermath of the floods, and learn from events to reduce the likelihood and consequences of floods in the future.
The Role of the City Council
The city council's role, as part of an emergency planning structure, is to care for people who have been evacuated from premises subject to flooding. Such action is triggered by a request from the police or other uniformed service. In this event, the city council, along with county council support, will open a 'Rest Centre', normally in a school or leisure centre. Should residents not be able to return home in the near future, the city council will assist them to find temporary accommodation.
During normal office hours flood related queries can be dealt with by the Council's contact centre on 01452 396396. For out of hours emergencies telephone 01452 396220. Gloucester City Council works in partnership with agencies, Government Departments and other local authorities both internally and externally to provide up-to-date information on emergencies as they arise within Gloucestershire.
What Other Support May the City Council Provide?
We will seek to provide temporary toilets if residents are remaining in their homes but unable to use their own toilets. We will also clean the roads after the flooding has subsided.
Based on river levels the council will deliver sandbags to 'at risk' homes as detailed in its emergency flood plan. Depending on weather reports it will also provide sandbags to other areas with a known flood problem. The council will also respond to requests for help and assistance from the emergency services.
What Support is the Council Not Able to Provide?
It is residents’ own responsibility to arrange for facilities such as heaters, dehumidifiers, mechanical pumps and their meals. You may be able to get support from your insurance company for some of this, and the Gloucester Relief Fund may be able to look favourably on hardship claims at a later time.
In order to assist you, the following telephone numbers may be useful (other suppliers of equipment and services may be available):
Sandbags can be purchased from:
Allstones Sand and Gravel (01452) 536536
Pumps can be hired from:
Ashtead Plant Hire, Telford (01952) 620320
Sykes Pumps (01452) 330245
Pump Supplies (01452) 303006
Heater/Dehumidifiers may be hired from:
HSS Hire shop, 78 Bristol Road (01452) 311499
Brandon Tool Hire, 9 Mercia Road (01452) 416666
Britannia Services, 69 Rowanfield Road, Cheltenham (01242) 25000
After the floods - what the city council has done
Grants, council tax relief and a comprehensive schedule of drainage works are amongst a range of measures put in place by the city council, a year on from the floods that hit Gloucester.
LAST UPDATED: 5th September 2008
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