From Richard Graham MP
In 2007 we remember Gloucestershire water was cut off, electricity only just saved and over a thousand residents forced to abandon their homes. Are we seeing a repeat?
Today river water levels are 0.5m below those of 2007 and the flash rainfall is less intense. Nonetheless our flooding defences have been severely tested, and without the investment of the last five years by government, local government and business the Environment Agency estimates that 500 more houses than the 30 odd so far affected would have flooded.
Likewise, to date the defences put around the Waltham power station and the Castlemeads substation have succeeded in keeping out the water, and the 3 million gallon reservoir for the Horsbere Brook has prevented Manor Park and Cypress Gardens in Elmbridge/Longlevens from flooding. The extra height of the Bund on Alney Island has kept the river out, and the new drains, sewers and pumps installed by Severn Trent in Westgate and Kingsholm have also worked well so far. Lastly residents have told me that the councils and Environment Agency have been out in force, helping pump away flood water from homes.
The Prime Minister visited our Tri Service Centre this afternoon. He was reassured that the local emergency services, with partners, have things under control at the moment and that investment in anti flooding is working; and that no further help from government is yet needed.
River water levels peak this evening and if we have a colder, dryer day or two I hope the threat will recede. The best info comes from the Environment Agency and you can register for early flood alerts HERE.
For the latest information on flooding in the area CLICK HERE or call FLOODLINE on 0845 988 1188, select Option 1 and