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Last Updated: Tuesday, 31 July 2007, 15:39 GMT 16:39 UK
Flood teenager's body identified
Mitchell Taylor
Mitchell Taylor hoped to go to university
The body of a man found in a submerged field in Tewkesbury has been formally identified as that of 19-year-old Mitchell Taylor.

An inquest into his death will open on Wednesday in Gloucester.

The body of Mr Taylor, who was last seen leaving a bar on 21 July, was found a week later.

In other developments, water has been restored to more than 70,000 homes in the Gloucester area, but many face several more days without supplies.


An Italian hovercraft search and rescue team - brought in to help UK emergency services - found Mr Taylor's body near trees in flooded fields near Tewkesbury's abbey on Saturday morning.

The scene lies close to Tewkesbury Rugby Club, where Bramwell Lane, 64, and his son Chris, 27, were found dead on Thursday morning.

The pair had worked through the night to clear flood water from the cellar of the clubhouse, but were overcome with fumes from a petrol-powered pump.

Mr Taylor worked as a part-time barman and was hoping to go to university.

Local people said the playing fields where his body was found was a popular shortcut from the town to the housing estate where he lived.

Severn Trent hopes to restore supplies by Sunday to all the 140,000 homes which have been without tap water for over a week, after flood waters forced a waterworks in Tewkesbury to shut down.

Water from newly-restored supplies must not be drunk, even after boiling it
It must not be used for food preparation or cleaning dishes
It must not be used for making baby formula or baby feeds
Boiled bowser water is the best option for infant formula
It must not be used for cleaning teeth or making ice
Newly-restored water must only be used for sanitation purposes until further notice
Boil bowser water before use as a precaution
Floodwater must be avoided where possible and children must not play in it
If in contact with it, wash hands with soap, especially before food preparation and eating
If clearing up floodwater wear protective clothing and cover cuts and grazes
Source: Gloucestershire PCT

Mains water is now running from taps in the areas of Gloucester, Tewkesbury, Quedgeley, Bishop's Cleeve and Prestbury.

The firm hopes that Cheltenham and neighbouring areas such as Brockworth, Upton, Matson and Fox Elms will be reconnected by Wednesday.

However, it says restored water supplies will initially not be fit for drinking, even if boiled.

It is safe, however, for showering, bathing, flushing toilets and washing clothes.

John Healey, the minister with responsibility for floods recovery, is going on a family holiday abroad. He said it had been "booked for months".

And the government said Communities Secretary Hazel Blears would lead co-ordination of the flood recovery work in his absence.

In Hull, which saw about 6,500 homes flooded in June, affected residents are to receive a 25% discount on their council tax bills.

The Army is stepping down from supplying bottled water in the affected area, having helped distribute two million litres each day since the crisis began.

Fears of more flooding have faded and drier weather is forecast for this week.

The Environment Agency no longer has any flood warnings in place.

Insurance companies are facing payouts of 2.5bn for flood damage.

The government is seeking EU funding to help with the cost of the clear-up in flood-hit Yorkshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire.


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