Miserable End To Old Year – But Hint Of Hope For The Future!

The end of the Old Year brought misery for a group of Cotswold residents.

A number of South Cotswold locations were affected by flooding over the festive season.

As December reached its end the leader of Cotswold District Council, Joe Harris, said, “After a few extremely difficult days the situation is starting to improve slowly. However, there are still properties, gardens and roads that remain flooded.”

He added, “Sewage flooding is the biggest issue and we are asking Thames Water to provide more support and clear raw sewage from homes and gardens.”

And there were hints of hope for the future as 2021 dawned.

Cllr Harris went on, “There needs to be a clear plan to prevent river water infiltrating sewage systems on this scale again. It is simply not fair that residents have had to deal with this.

“We have witnessed carers arriving to provide essential personal   care to elderly and vulnerable residents and being forced to wade through sewage-contaminated floodwater.

“We have had to provide Portaloos for elderly residents who have had no flushing toilets for days.”We cannot allow this situation to continue. It is placing our residents at risk.”

Over the Christmas break Corinium Radio News was out and about with a camera in a bid to capture the watery scene in parts of Cirencester. These are some of the shots we snapped.