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Pictures: Flooding in Tewkesbury

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: December 28, 2013

By Steve Impey

  • Stuart Pringle delivers to the Abbey Mill.

  • Kathy Bobs in her flooded garden in Tewkesbury

  • The playground near Tewkesbury Abbey

  • This motorists battles through the flood water

  • The back entrance to the hospital in Howells Road was cut off by water

  • Flood water yesterday

  • Floodwater in Tewkesbury

  • High water yesterday

  • Abbey Mill

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Flooding caused services at Tewkesbury’s community hospital to close and left a Cheltenham woman stranded for almost a day.

Heavy rainfall over Christmas left the hospital’s car park flooded meaning patients attending its minor injuries unit (MIU) were unable to see a doctor.

And residents were yesterday busy putting sandbags outside their homes as fears of flooding grew.

High winds were also so dangerous that the Avon lock keeper Bob Scarrott, 67, was unable to row back to his home in Tewkesbury where his friend Sue Eyles had been marooned overnight.

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He said: “You learn to live with it and take the right precautions.

“It may not have been as bad as last year, but the floods are some of the worst we have seen since 1998, excluding the floods of 2007.

“In the past seven years, I have never had to resort to a contingency plan although, as lock keeper for Tewkesbury, safety is paramount.

“Sue was stranded, but we have everything you need at the house.”

The hospital’s MIU reopened yesterday after being closed on Boxing Day, although some flooding remained in the car park.

Julie Ellery, matron at Tewkesbury Community Hospital, said: “We would like to apologise for any inconvenience that the closure has caused.

“There is still some flooding within the car park at Tewkesbury Community Hospital, meaning there is no parking or pedestrian access from the back of the hospital to the main entrance.

“As a result, we are diverting pedestrians to use the gated entrance through Barton Mews (a short distance from the old hospital entrance off Barton Street) to enable staff, patients and their visitors to access the hospital during the festive period.

“We expect this arrangement to be for a limited time only while water levels reduce. We would like to ask staff, patients and visitors to not park in Barton Mews, as this is a resident only area. The nearest pay and display car park to the hospital is at Cascades leisure centre.”

There had been rumours in the town that 4x4 vehicles were used to ferry patients to appointments, but that was denied by the hospital.

One 69-year-old from Alderton, who asked not to be named, said his wife had to be transferred to Cheltenham General Hospital with a suspected broken hand.

He added: “Given the history of flooding in Tewkesbury, who would have thought it a good idea to build a hospital on a flood plain?”

Despite the flooding, no one needed assistance from Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue.

Retired Penny Scrivener, 68, explained that water from the River Severn has climbed up to her home.

She said: “We have become accustomed to this sort of monsoon-like weather.

“It can be quite spectacular.”

Kathy Bobs, who lives in Abbey Terrace, faced flood water in her garden and put out sandbags.

A playground at the Vineyards was submerged under the high water.

And postman Stuart Pringle faced a tricky path over the floodwater to deliver to the Abbey Mill.

Photographers taken from a light aircraft by Air Experiences flying over Tewkesbury showed the impact the flooding had on the town.

Philippa Shaw, executive officer at Tewkesbury Abbey, said: “Despite the floods, we have seen attendance at the abbey have gone up on last year.

“We feel sorry for those who have been affected.”

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  • InsidetheEA  |  December 28 2013, 3:41PM

    The UBA's motto, For our environment ("Für Mensch und Umwelt") sums up our mission pretty well, we feel. As Germany's main environmental protection agency , our task is to ensure that our fellow citizens have a healthy environment where they are protected against air, water and other pollutants to the greatest extent possible. Here at the UBA, we concern ourselves with an extremely broad spectrum of issues, including waste avoidance, climate protection, and pesticide approvals. You seem to glossed over the fact that France and Denmark EAs have larger coastal areas and face greater risks of flooding, and have more duties. You have also ignored the fact that Englands EA has at least TWICE the budget and staffing levels of ALL THESE EAs COMBINED

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  • InsidetheEA  |  December 28 2013, 3:39PM

    The UBA's motto, For our environment ("Für Mensch und Umwelt") sums up our mission pretty well, we feel. As Germany's main environmental protection agency , our task is to ensure that our fellow citizens have a healthy environment where they are protected against air, water and other pollutants to the greatest extent possible. Here at the UBA, we concern ourselves with an extremely broad spectrum of issues, including waste avoidance, climate protection, and pesticide approvals. You seem to glossed over the fact that France and Denmark EAs have larger coastal areas and face greater risks of flooding, and have more duties. You have also ignored the fact that Englands EA has at least TWICE the budget and staffing levels of ALL THESE EAs COMBINED

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  • InsidetheEA  |  December 28 2013, 3:38PM

    The UBA's motto, For our environment ("Für Mensch und Umwelt") sums up our mission pretty well, we feel. As Germany's main environmental protection agency , our task is to ensure that our fellow citizens have a healthy environment where they are protected against air, water and other pollutants to the greatest extent possible. Here at the UBA, we concern ourselves with an extremely broad spectrum of issues, including waste avoidance, climate protection, and pesticide approvals. You seem to glossed over the fact that France and Denmark EAs have larger coastal areas and face greater risks of flooding, and have more duties. You have also ignored the fact that Englands EA has at least TWICE the budget and staffing levels of ALL THESE EAs COMBINED

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  • InsidetheEA  |  December 28 2013, 3:31PM

    The UBA's motto, For our environment ("Für Mensch und Umwelt") sums up our mission pretty well, we feel. As Germany's main environmental protection agency , our task is to ensure that our fellow citizens have a healthy environment where they are protected against air, water and other pollutants to the greatest extent possible. Here at the UBA, we concern ourselves with an extremely broad spectrum of issues, including waste avoidance, climate protection, and pesticide approvals. You seem to glossed over the fact that France and Denmark EAs have larger coastal areas and face greater risks of flooding, and have more duties. You have also ignored the fact that Englands EA has at least TWICE the budget and staffing levels of ALL THESE EAs COMBINED

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  • InsidetheEA  |  December 28 2013, 3:26PM

    Germany is landlocked, but the UBA still carry out water resource duties. You seem to have left out the Danish, French and Swedish EAs, which have substantially more duties and who are also responsible for flooding and coastal risk. You also seem to have glossed over the fact that Englands EA has TWICE the staffing and budget level of ALL THESE combined!

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  • TimMessanger  |  December 28 2013, 2:41PM

    The Federal Environment Agency (UBA) is Germany's central federal authority on environmental matters. Its key statutory mandates are: To provide scientific support to the Federal Government (e.g.. the Federal Ministries for Environment; Health; Research; Transport, Building and Urban Affairs); Implementation of environmental laws (e.g. emissions trading, authorisation of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and plant protection agents) Information of the public about environmental protection. So you figures mean nothing they are proof of you bias, in Germany who carries out flood protection, clears water courses?

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  • InsidetheEA  |  December 28 2013, 12:17PM

    Sorry you feel your "friends" are been persecuted. You will find I mentioned there are some good nuts in the EA. I have simply posted what I have witnessed and experienced in most areas of the EA. Again, sorry this breaks your reality of what you "believed" about the EA. I was neither sacked nor prosecuted, but left of my own accord. Again, sorry this goes against your "beliefs"

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  • TimMessanger  |  December 28 2013, 10:48AM

    InsidetheEA - your website looks quite good except for the content sounds like the ramblings of someone with a very large chip on their shoulder, you say you worked there and where part of this culture of waste and "fraud" (you said this not me). You band about meaningless figures to try and prove your point. Everyone that I know at the EA works damed hard and doesn't take more holiday than they are entitled to and over the last week they have been working extremely long hours even on Christmas day, many have not even been home for most of the week and for you to publish this site based on your 'experience' claiming fraud, perverting the course of justice and more just sounds like you may have been sacked or prosecuted by them!

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  • InsidetheEA  |  December 27 2013, 6:53PM

    Environment Agency Flood Defence Assets - Manipulation of Figures - Are they fit for purpose? EA Whistleblower blog explains http://tinyurl.com/o6y5w5r

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