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Reporter blog: "I remember the 20th July 2007 vividly"

It's ten years today since Gloucestershire faced the deepest and most intense floods in a generation.

Our reporter Ken Goodwin was there.

Ken Goodwin: the floods remembered

I remember the 20th July 2007 vividly.

We had certainly expected rain. But not that much.

Cameraman Pat Kingston and I ended up in Prestbury. The high street was flowing like a river. Water washed off the hills gave it a dirty reddish brown look.

Wading against the rushing flood water. Credit: ITV News

Mill street, which was lower down, was deeper in water.

We waded along, towards the Plough pub and then further around the corner to a house where the water was gushing over the drive and through the gardens at a speed and ferocity I had never seen before.

The 2007 floods left many homes and businesses damaged. Credit: ITV News

I can remember trying to wade through it.

It wasn't very deep - maybe a foot - but the force was unbelievable.

We gathered as many interviews and shots as we could, but soon realised we faced another problem. We needed to get back to Gloucester.

Roads around Gloucester were badly flooded. Credit: ITV News

Back then we had no way of editing or sending the package to Bristol without using the office and equipment in the city.

We were getting messages that roads were being closed, so we realised we had to hurry.

When we got to the Golden Valley it was an incredible site. One side, northbound to Cheltenham was blocked with water. We managed to get through the Gloucester bound side in Pat's 4 wheel drive. It was pretty hairy. Without that, we'd have been stuck.

People wading across the road in Cyprus Gardens. Credit: ITV News

In Gloucester, colleagues were working on flash flooding stories from Cyprus Gardens in Longlevens.

Some unfortunate residents there had been hit by a flash flood a month previously.

Now they had another, more severe one to contend with.

This usually tiny brook at Cyprus Gardens in Longlevens couldn't be held back by sandbags. Credit: ITV News

We all arrived at the office at the same time and began editing. Only when we the material had been transmitted did we sit back and have a cup of tea, and reflect on what we had witnessed.

But it was nothing to what we would see over the next few days as the River Severn burst its banks, with devastating effect.

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