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Flood heroes honoured for efforts
Flooded Cypress Gardens, Longlevens
Thousands of homes and roads were flooded
The heroic actions of ordinary people during the floods which battered Gloucestershire are to be recognised at an award ceremony.

Eight were nominated by Gloucestershire county, Gloucester city and the Forest of Dean district councils.

Their efforts included rescuing stranded people, distributing water during the supply crisis that followed and helping displaced families.

The government reception takes place at Lancaster House in London on Monday.

Thousands of homes and roads were flooded during the deluges of June and July.

'Plugging the gaps'

Fire station commander Tally Giampa was the first officer at the scene of the flooded Mythe water works and led its evacuation and efforts to protect the site.

Former Gloucester council flood expert Frank Heggs was said to have spent several days during the period of flooding without a break checking the levels of the River Severn.

Ismail Mehter is a leading member of Gloucester Muslim Welfare Association which organised the distribution of water for drinking and sanitary use during the water shortage following the flooding.

Kelly Bartlett, chairman of the Longlevens Flood Group, was at the forefront of efforts to build community spirit and secure resources from charities and other organisations to help the recovery of her area.

Boat rescue on the A38
Many people became stranded and had to be rescued by boat

And Stef Hopkins, founder of locally-based rescue group Saraid, led a team who "plugged the gaps" where the emergency services were too stretched to be able to help.

City council leader Paul James said: "They acted tirelessly and often without thought of their own difficult situations in order to help others."

Ron Harris, senior coxswain with the Severn Area Rescue Association, and his crew put in up to 14-hours a shifts, rescuing flood victims in Tewkesbury and Tirley.

Rob Gittings was involved with helping to divert Cinderford Brook to prevent a far more serious incident at Steam Mills.

And Ian Baglin volunteered to help with the running of a rest centre at Heywood School, Cinderford, which housed displaced Tewkesbury residents and stranded travellers art the height of the emergency.

Forest council leader Marion Winship said: "It was a difficult job to decide exactly whose name we put forward but I am sure that our three nominees would be the first to say that they were part of very effective teams and that the recognition they receive should be extended to their teams."

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