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Flood Relief Fund now closed

The Gloucestershire Flood Relief Fund is now closed. The Trustees of the fund met for the final time on the 7 July 2008 and have now allocated all monies donated to the fund. No new, or further, applications will be accepted. The Trustees would like to thank everybody who has contributed to the Fund during its existence.

The last posting

On Friday 20th July 2007 it rained in Cheltenham. It was expected, we’d all seen the forecasts and listened to the warnings, but this day was to be different. Our streets became rivers, our roads closed and our public buildings became refuges for the trapped.

We started this blog on the following Monday and your response was wonderful. Thank you for all the supportive comments during the emergency.

We will no longer be posting to this blog and will be leaving it as an archive of those few days in the Summer of 2007 when Gloucestershire become the focus of the world’s attention.

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Across the county, schools will open as normal

The majority of Gloucestershire County Council’s schools will be opening as normal for the beginning of term next week, despite many having suffered damage during the floods.

However, a number of schools, youth centres, children’s centres and other facilities will still be dealing with the impact of last month’s flooding.

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Gloucestershire flood relief fund

The Gloucestershire flood relief fund website is a great success, with the fund total now standing at £644,399. Take a look at the website for the latest news on fund raising events across the county.

Bowser

Funny, how a word that was perhaps just a quirky dogs name suddenly became a word that everyone was talking about just a few weeks ago.

Introducing Mr Sylvanus Bowser…

Mr Sylvanus Bowser was an American from Indiana who invented the ‘self measuring gasoline storage pump’ launched in 1905. It consisted of a 50 gallon metal storage tank, housed in a wooden cabinet, which was set up in front of a store. The petrol was then dispensed into the car through a flexible hose, driven by a manual suction pump.

He went up to set up his own company, S.F. Bowser & Company, which expanded to deal with other types of commercial liquid. Mr Bowser was so famous that he even had a street named after him in his hometown – Bowser Avenue.

Eventually bowser became a generic term for any type of self propelled liquid tanker dispensing fluids. Here in the UK we use the term to refer to those wheeled water tankers we all grew to know and love during the recent flooding emergency.

Water bowser

Are you changing schools due to flooding?

An important message for parents at the start of term.

If you have moved house because of the recent flooding and your children need to change school, or you’ve moved and need help getting to your existing school, then Gloucestershire County Council can help.

Contact the school admissions team on 01452 425407/8 as soon as possible so that we can ensure your child is able to go back to school in September. If you already get special travel arrangements call the transport entitlement team on 01452 425390.

Hidden heroes, Rose from Longlevens

Rose lives in Cyprus Gardens, Longlevens, Gloucester. She was flooded earlier in July. Her home had just dried out and the builders were in when she was flooded again. She was on holiday at the time and came home at the height of the crisis to find she had lost everything, the flood water came through the letter box and there was a layer of mud in the house.

However, Rose says it was all a matter of degree as she did not have any sewage in the house like some of her neighbours! Rose had been on holiday, but went back to work as expected the following Monday wearing her wellies to look after vulnerable people and remained at her post for several days before the impact of her own personal disaster got the better of her.

Gloucestershire County Council Carers continued to work throughout the emergency often overcoming the worst of the floods to reach some of the county’s most vulnerable residents.

On a day-to-day basis, they carry out their jobs without fuss and away from the glare of publicity yet never was their dedication more needed.

Remember our how to help page if you think you can help someone, and please visit the Gloucestershire flood relief fund website if you can make a donation.

Cheltenham floods 20-07-2007


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