The Flood part 5 – The bowsers
Jul24

The Flood part 5 – The bowsers

Continuing my story of Gloucestershire’s summer emergency of July 2007… On Tuesday morning, I got up, turned on the tap, it glugged and… nothing came out. Our water really was off. I was calm about it now. I’d had two days to prepare.     We still had the water in the bath for toilet flushing etc. We even discovered a water butt in our garden we didn’t know was there, which we also used for...

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The Flood part 4 – Going to work
Jul23

The Flood part 4 – Going to work

Continuing my personal story of the Gloucestershire floods and water shortage of 2007… The next morning, I got up early and… the water was still on! We were the lucky ones.     Elsewhere in the county, it really had gone off on Sunday. And some people didn’t even have electricity for about 24 hours. There was a further threat of the electricity going off for the whole county. The water was ‘two...

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The Flood part 3 – Sunday
Jul22

The Flood part 3 – Sunday

Continuing my personal story of the Gloucestershire floods of July 2007… We were due at a christening in Cheshire on the Sunday – two days after the rains came. The rain had stopped, so we packed up the car and set off for the day.   We were like celebrities up there. Everyone had seen how badly our area had been hit.     ‘Are you OK? It’s great to see you here, after everything that’s...

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The Flood part 2 – Saturday morning
Jul21

The Flood part 2 – Saturday morning

Continuing my personal story of the floods which devastated Gloucestershire exactly five years ago… I was realistic about our chances of getting away the following morning. As we went to bed and it was STILL raining, I said to my husband ‘If it’s still raining in the morning, I don’t think we will be able to go’. After all, if it was impossible to even get into town, it was probably going to be quite...

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The Flood part 1 – The day the rains came
Jul20

The Flood part 1 – The day the rains came

On the evening of 19th July, 2007, it started to rain. It rained and rained and rained and rained. The next morning, it was still raining.   This is my story of the dramatic few days that followed. I’m not claiming it was ‘the worst’, because it wasn’t, nowhere near. I am not taking anything away from people who suffered badly for weeks and months afterwards, it is simply my story.     On 20th...

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