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10 years on from the 2007 summer floods

Published
21.07.2017

We’ve been looking back at what happened and what we’ve done since to protect our county.

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Gloucestershire experienced one of the worst natural disasters in living memory due to extensive flooding. It was one of the wettest summers on record, two months worth of rain fell in just 14 hours.

  • 5,000 homes and businesses were flooded.
  • 80% of properties were affected and were overwhelmed by flash flooding.
  • 48,000 homes were without electricity for two days.
  • 135,000 homes (over half the homes in Gloucestershire) were without drinking water for up to 17 days.
  • 500 businesses were affected.
  • 10,000 motorists were stranded on county roads, including the M5 where many people remained overnight.
  • 500 commuters were stranded at Gloucester train station.
  • Flood water reached 7 feet in some vulnerable areas.
  • The estimated cost to repair the county's roads was £25 million.
  • Overall estimated cost to the county was £50 million.

Fire fighter, Rob McClean took Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for Highways and flood out on the River Severn looking at the flooding hotspots from 2007.

Since 2007 we have worked with partners to reduce the impact flooding has on the county.

We have invested in flood alleviation schemes. Working in partnership with the Environment Agency and district councils, protection has been provided to an estimated 3,500 homes.

A scheme protecting 179 homes in Cheltenham has started and will be complete in early 2018.

Top tips for staying safe during floods

  • Think about flooding before it happens. Sign up for free flood warnings and create a personal flood plan.
  • Try to avoid contact with flood water. Do not drive through flood water and do not let children play in flood water.
  • Do not use petrol or diesel generators indoors to dry out your home. The exhaust gases contain carbon monoxide, which can kill.
  • When cleaning up after a flood, wears rubber gloves, boots and eye protection, and wash hands afterwards.

 

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