Press Release -CDC provides door-to-door welfare support for flood-affected residents

CDC provides door-to-door welfare support for flood-affected residents

 Officers from Cotswold District Council are currently undertaking door-to-door welfare visits in neighbourhoods which have been affected by flooding and the discharge of sewage, following recent storms.

The visits began on Thursday 20 February and are continuing today.

The aim is to make sure that residents are prepared for the recovery process and to ensure they have the support that they need. Officers are providing advice on financial matters, emotional support, information from Public Health England and general flood-related guidance.

So far, the District Council has been working with its Town and Parish Councils, Gloucestershire County Council, Gloucestershire Constabulary, the Environment Agency, Thames Water, Public Health England, and other agencies to help respond to the weather related problems. Community resilience groups across the district, which have been established since the severe flooding in 2007, have also played a major role in tackling floodwater and sewage overflows.

Cotswold District Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr David Fowles, said:

“We recognise that, in many cases, sorting out the damage caused by flooding is as traumatic as the actual event itself, and we are also aware that sewage problems could persist for some time to come.   We felt that it was important to provide welfare support for residents affected by these problems.  By making door-to-door visits, our officers can make sure that residents are getting the right sort of support.  Additionally, they can always contact the Council on 01285 623000 or contact their local ward member by looking up their details on our website www.cotswold.gov.uk

The Council’s waste collector, Ubico Ltd, is continuing to pick up flood-damaged items from properties at no cost to the owners. Please call our Flood Helpline on 01285 623123 if you would like to take up this offer.