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Last Updated: Friday, 27 July 2007, 20:04 GMT 21:04 UK
Shock at damage caused by floods
Leominster Ambulance Station
Leominster Ambulance Station will be out of action for six weeks
Council leaders have expressed their shock at how much damage was caused by the floods which hit Worcestershire last weekend.

Simon Geraghty of Worcester City Council said he was stunned by the extent of the damage.

Worcester and other places were left cut off as the River Severn broke its banks after heavy rain.

The area had only just started to recover after rain caused chaos to towns and villages in June.

In Worcester, roads and car parks are back to normal but it will take longer for homes and businesses to recover, especially properties in Hawkwood Crescent, Hylton Road and the public house in Oldbury Road.

The city centre has more or less been cleaned and mud and silt left by the receding water will be cleared from Kleve Walk over the weekend.

'Traumatic experience'

However, Mr Geraghty said most people were displaying a positive approach to the situation.

He said: "They are in the middle of a really traumatic experience, but they're approaching the challenge with determination.

"I am equally determined to make sure problems that exacerbated the flood situation are addressed by the appropriate agencies, that will be a priority in the coming months."

The Prince and the Duchess of Cornwall visited residents of Upton-upon-Severn, one of the places worst hit by the floods.

John Fisher, whose house on New Street was knee-deep in water earlier this week, was impressed with the royal visit.

"Anything to help the struggle we're having is good news, and hopefully with his connections he might get them to look at flood barriers for New Street," he said.




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