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Tewkesbury floods

Following a very dry April, the summer of 2007 was one of the wettest on record. By the end of June, heavy rainfall overloaded drainage systems by the influx of surface water and very high water levels in main rivers and brooks, leading to flooding in some areas in Gloucestershire. However, during July the rains were even heavier. On 20th July, two months' worth of rain fell in 14 hours. This ultimately resulted in two emergencies; widespread flooding and water shortages.

With flood water reaching over two metres in some places, over 1800 homes were flooded within our district. Electricity was lost to 48,000 homes across Gloucestershire for two days. Over half the homes in Gloucestershire and 7,500 businesses were without any mains water for up to 12 days - and 17 days for drinking water.

What did we do?

We provided:

  • Rest centres with food, drink and support
  • Offices were open 24hrs a day for six days and then 6am - 10 pm for two weeks
  • Distributed sandbags
  • Provided housing advice and support
  • Environmental health advice to individuals and businesses
  • Bottled water distribution via 85 distribution points and direct distribution to vulnerable people
  • Collected flood damaged goods
  • Provided portaloos
  • Temporary satellite doctors surgery for one week
  • Survey of all flooded properties; including 300+ businesses
  • Information to public via press releases and website
  • Offered help to those made homeless
  • Clear up the aftermath of flooding
  • Repaired damaged assets
  • Involvement in county recovery process
  • Distribute furniture through the Furniture Recycling Project
  • Help organise flood relief events i.e. Rugby Relief to raise money and morale

We received help from:

  • Councillors, communities and volunteers
  • We had many offers of help and assistance and many donations into the Gloucestershire Flood Fund
  • Community facilities i.e. using village halls for water distribution
  • Food and water donations from supermarkets

Statistics:

  • 25,000 sandbags distributed
  • 200 tonnes of sand used
  • Over 1800 houses and 300 businesses were flooded
  • 500 people housed through rest centres
  • 95% of homes without water for a period of time
  • High percentage of homes without electricity for a period
  • 5 million litres of water distributed through 85 different places
  • Over 700 requests to collect flood damaged items
  • 133 portaloos distributed around Borough
  • 207 staff directly involved in responding to the emergency involving 7,174 hours of work up to and including Monday 30th July 2007

For detailed information on the 2007 floods please see the Environment Agency web page.