Thanks to extensive flood prevention measures put in place by Conservatives following the catastrophic flooding in 2007, Moreton-in-Marsh was spared such devastation this Christmas.

Cllr Nigel Moor and Mark MacKenzie-Charrington inspecting flood defences

Friday 20th July 2007 was a day many in Gloucestershire, and Moreton-in-Marsh in particular, will never forget. It poured with rain for over 12 hours, 78mm or 3 inches fell across the region causing flash flooding which left 5,000 homes flooded, 48,000 homes without power for days and 135,000 homes without drinking water for up to 17 days.

The River Evenlode and Stow Brook were unable to cope and burst their banks causing devastating flooding in Moreton-in-Marsh.

The High Street was unpassable for days, shops, pubs and hotels were put out of business, the station flooded and many homes were made uninhabitable. It took weeks and in some cases months for things to get back to normal.

An emergency review of flood defences was put in place across Gloucestershire resulting in £72.84 million being spent on flood defence improvements by Conservative Gloucestershire County Council over the following 13 years.

Moreton-in-Marsh defences were upgraded at a cost of over £1 million. This Christmas they were put to test when the town was faced with massive rain falls. There was some localised flooding around the A44 junction by the Swan Inn, but thankfully the water quickly receded and significant damage was averted.

This is a great success story as Moreton-in-Marsh was largely spared any significant flooding this time. A review meeting with Gloucestershire County Council is being arranged to see what additional measures can be introduced to prevent a repeat at the particular junction.

 

Mark MacKenzie-Charrington

Conservative Gloucestershire County Council Candidate

Stow-in-the-Wold Division including Moreton-in-Marsh

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