Archive for August 2nd, 2007

Was your property damaged by the flood?

During the first days of flood, the emergency team set about mobilising resources to provide an adequate level of response to the unprecedented situation. Now that the flood waters have receded and the water supply has returned, we have more time to step back and take a longer view. Surprisingly one thing we do not have is a definitive list of all the properties affected by the flood. We have a list of all the calls we received for advice and sandbags – but it is not comprehensive.
 
If your property was damaged, it would be very helpful if you could email us, giving the address of the property, your name, and contact details including a daytime telephone number and forwarding address (if appropriate). We will contact you and arrange to visit you at the flood-damaged property.

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Rogue traders

We have heard reports of rogue traders that have operated in other flood areas in the country now appearing in Gloucestershire.

Read our previous posting on this topic

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Normal service will be resumed…

Things are slowly getting back to normal here at the council. The emergency planning rooms are winding down, the plans have been rolled up and the chairs empty. People are slowly returning to their regular jobs. However we are still heavily involved in distributing bottled water 8am to 8pm and answering queries and keeping everyone informed. And of course, like everyone else, awaiting the message about water quality.

From today our normal contact number 01242 262626 will be back to 9am to 5pm operation, although at the moment this line will also be open over the weekend. Out of those hours the recorded message will give details of our duty officer’s mobile number.

Cheltenham Borough Council emergency planning room

All homes now re-connected

The latest from Severn Trent is that all homes in Gloucestershire have now been re-connected with a non-drinkable mains supply.

Martin Kane, Severn Trent’s director of customer services:

We must continue to remind customers that any restored supplies must not be used for drinking, even after boiling. But it’s perfectly safe to use for showering, bathing, flushing toilets and washing clothes.

…Meanwhile, we are sampling tap water intensively over the weekend and beyond to ensure we can get customers back onto a drinkable supply as soon as possible next week.

As always, please take a look at our page, emergency water supplies for locations of bowsers and bottles and when the water supplies return, for what we can and can’t yet do with the clear stuff.

Public loos now open for your business!

The headline says it all really.

Emergency fund for local businesses

The South West of England regional development agency is making available up to £2m as an emergency fund to help support those businesses hit most severely by the floods.

A special webpage has been set up to provide information and guidance.


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