One inch away from evacuation…

Just came across this drawing from 2007 when Gloucester, the City where I lived at the time, was more than knee deep in water. None of this was drinking water, that was cut off. No water came from the taps but Biblical amounts came from the sky. June 2007 was we were told at the time, a once in 100 year event, when it rained, then it rained even more, then it turned on a pump in the sky and it deluged down on us. “Toys r Us” the huge local toyshop since washed away financially, opened it’s doors at one end to let the water out the other end. Drinking water was supplied in bottles brought in by lorries from as far away as Scotland. The local pumping station for our tap water had been overwhelmed by it’s own product coming from the sky. To get the water one only had to drive up to one of the car parks where the crates were stacked and volunteers would open the back door of your car and chuck in a few crates. All surprisingly efficient and friendly.

The local electricity pump station which had been built on one of the lowest areas of the City was also under threat from rising water. It is said that the whole area was one inch away from being cut off from power and there were plans to evacuate the entire population. Not sure if this was a folk tale or not. Where would we all have gone? Luckily this did not happen and after around 7 or 8 days we had water back from the taps, and we could all have a bath and tackle the pervading BO problem.

In true style the County Council commissioned a report. That’s when we learned of the 100 year event phrase. They also commissioned me to do some drawings to go with their report. Which was good for me! As a result the whole area was examined for flooding risk and remedial action taken to try and make sure that if this does happen again in 88 years, we will be well prepared. They’ll have all the data!

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