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Battle to report on floods amid fears of power cuts and water shortages

Portaloos have been installed at the Cheltenham offices of the Gloucestershire Echo and Gloucester Citizen as staff there struggle to cope with the effects of flooding across the county.

The Echo also has a district office in Tewkesbury, which has been surrounded by flood water, but it was still in operation today, with staff getting around by boat.

It was feared its Clarence Parade head office would run out of water today due to flooding at a water treatment plant, and many staff have been unable to wash as water supplies have already run dry at their homes – some of which are flooded.

Gloucestershire Echo editor Anita Syvret said the Echo and Citizen has effectively been turned into “24/7″ news operations since disaster struck on Friday, as they reported on the “massive devastation” across the entire county while facing the constant threat of losing power.

But as they battled against the clock to get the papers off-stone they also faced uncertainty as to whether printing would be possible.

While power had stayed on in the newsroom, printing of the Echo had been hit when its press at Staverton lost power mid-way through its print-run on Monday, prompting a contingency plan to print at Northcliffe’s Bristol press to swing into action.

Some editorial equipment was also moved to the Bristol Evening Post’s Temple Way offices to allow for a swift staff move if power was cut at Cheltenham.