Archive for July 26th, 2007

The Cheltenham flood in pictures

We are slowly amassing a collection of images that show how Cheltenham and it’s people have been affected by the flooding and subsequent loss of mains water supplies. Please take a look at our images on flickr.

Thanks for your comments and support, everything is being passed back to our emergency planning team.

Water bowser

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Water is distributed free

Cheltenham Borough Council is keen to emphasise that the bottled water it is distributing and water from bowsers is free and available to everyone.

Free bottled water is still in large supply between 8am and 8pm at the following five sites in Cheltenham:

  • B&Q in Arle Court
  • Morrison’s supermarket in Up Hatherley Way
  • Sainsbury’s supermarket on Priors Road
  • Homebase on Tewkesbury Road
  • North Place car park.

If you find a bowser to be empty, ring the number that is displayed on the bowser, or alternatively contact the council’s emergency team on 01242 262626 who will inform Severn Trent.

Special arrangements are being made by the council to recycle the plastic bottles so people are asked to keep hold of the bottles until we can collect them.

Advice on dealing with the affects of the flood

The floods affecting homes and or other property may have been contaminated with sewage or other contaminants. Although this would be much diluted and present a low risk there are a few precautions you should take. The council has issued health advice to help in the aftermath of the floods.

Recycle those bottles!

As we are all using lots of bottled water at the moment, we are asking you to keep hold of the plastic bottles as arrangements will be made by the council to recycle them.

Recycle bottles

Water theft from Cheltenham bowsers

It has been reported that vans have been visiting bowsers and emptying them. If you see this going on, do not get involved but take a note of the time, the registration number and a vehicle description.

Report the details to our helpdesk on 01242 262626 (open 8am to 7pm).

News on a £2 million business recovery fund

The South West of England Regional Development Agency is making up to £2m available as an emergency fund (download the PDF) to help support small and medium sized businesses hit most severely by the current flooding chaos.

Todays top stories as Cheltenham copes with the water shortage


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