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Your stories: Fighting the floods
As large parts of England and Wales remain under water and others are expecting more severe weather to come, readers continue to share their stories.

MICHAEL AMHERST, TEWKESBURY, GLOUCESTER

Michael Amherst has been stuck by his cottage home in the centre of Tewkesbury since Friday.

Tewkesbury
Tewkesbury is one of the worst-affected towns

"It was quite exciting on Friday night and Saturday, but it has become increasingly boring and irritating," said Michael, 24, who lives with his 76-year-old father, Miles.

"There are hundreds, rather than tens of us, stuck in the centre of Tewkesbury, near the Abbey. There is a road, about 100 meters long that we can walk along, but that's it.

"If the weather stays dry then we may be able to get out of the town later on this afternoon.

"The vicar, Paul Williams, is walking up and down the street, handing out a route for an escape attempt this afternoon.

"I think a lot of people will try to get out if it proves possible.

"We have got enough food for a couple of days, and as far as I'm aware no-one is panic-buying. Everyone is being very responsible, despite only having our first water delivery at 10am this morning.

"At the moment we still have electricity and water supplies, but that may not last."

CLAIR EVANS, GLOUCESTER

Clair Evans, who lives in Gloucester, said the floods have forced her family to split up.

Her 13-year-old stepson has kidney failure and must use a dialysis machine every evening.

When the family heard warnings that the power supply may be cut off, they decided it was time to flee.

"Our family has been split into four by this flood," she said.

"My stepson and his brother are staying with their auntie, my two sons are with their father in Somerset, I'm with my seven-month-old son at my sister's in Somerset, while my partner remains at home with the pets.

"My partner is the only one qualified to hook his son up to his dialysis machine, so he had to go over last night, come home to look after the pets, then go back over to unhook him before he could go to work.

"We watched the news all day on Saturday, and when they said there was a danger of the power being lost we thought we would leave. My step-son has to use dialysis every night, so we didn't think it was worth waiting any longer.

"I'm not the sort of person who enjoys being away from home, so when we were leaving it was very difficult.

"But at the end of the day we can go back to a home that is not water-damaged. We are lucky not to have lost everything."

LUCY HARVEY, WINCHCOMBE, GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Lucy Harvey is an account manager at Brynteg Books, who supply text books to schools up and down the UK.

Ruined books
The floodwater ruined thousands of books at Brynteg Books

The book warehouse, near the River Isbourne, has been flooded four times since 1998.

Despite moving their stock up high, Friday's flood wiped out most of their books - and estimated 300,000 worth of stock.

"We were flooded three weeks' ago and we had just finished clearing up when we heard warnings of another flood," explained Lucy.

"We moved our stock up higher than the flood level last time, but this time the water level was four-feet and it obliterated everything. Books and water do not mix.

"There are security cameras outside the warehouse, and we were able to watch the water rise higher, and higher and there was nothing we could do about it. We were helpless.

"But when we came in on Saturday morning it was worse than we imagined. We have had a JCB just filling skips with books. Four skips have been taken away already, but it has hardly made an impact.

"I think we are still in shock that the moment, it's still sinking in."

GEORGE AND EMMA DAGLISH, KINGSWAY, GLOUCESTER

George Daglish, 34, said he and his wife were relying on bottled water to help feed their six-month-old daughter, Olivia, and were still waiting for a bowser to be delivered to their area.

"We ran out of water at the weekend and went to get some supplies from Morrisons, but it was like a scene from a film," said George.

"People were panicking and just grabbing things off the shelves. I've never seen anything like it.

"We managed to get some water from elsewhere, so I'm not too worried at the moment. Our electricity went off during the night, but it came back on this morning, so if it stays on then we should be OK.

"If things do get too bad then my wife will probably take the children and go an stay with her parents in Blackpool. We have a two-year-old and a six-month old baby, so getting bottles made up for her is obviously the most important thing.

"We don't think the floodwater will reach us, so we are better off than many people. We just have to tough things out for a few more days."


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