The Environment Agency provides a flood warning service for areas at risk of flooding from rivers or the sea. Their flood warning services give advance notice of flooding and time to prepare. For more flooding advice please visit the Environment Agency Website. Also visit the page: Advice for Homes and Businesses at Risk from Flooding
Before a Flood
There are steps you can take now to prepare for future flooding. You can find out about flood risk in your area by visiting the Environment Agency website. The Environment Agency also provide further advice on how you can prepare for flooding including templates for you to create your own flood plan.
There are some simple steps you can take now to make you and your home more resilient to flooding in the future.
Check you home insurance policy covers flooding.
During a Flood
In the event of a flood it is important to focus on the safety of you and your family.
If it is about to flood you should:
- Tune into your local radio station on a battery or wind-up radio.
- Switch off your electricity / gas supplies.
- If you have a flood plan, put it into action.
- Move important items to safety, potentially upstairs
If there's time, fit any flood protection products you might have such as:
- Flood boards
- Airbrick covers.
- Sandbags or alternative barriers
- Toilet bungs (only needed for downstairs toilets)
You should be prepared to act quickly and get yourself to safety. Put the safety of people first and listen to advice from the Emergency Services. Remember that their concern is for your safety.
After a Flood
If your property has been flooded take care when re-entering as there may be hidden dangers in the flood water. You should ring your insurance company at the earliest opportunity or if you rent contact your landlord.
There are a number of things to be aware of when clearing up after a flood:
- Flood water can contain sewage, chemicals and animal waste. Always wear:
- waterproof outerwear, including gloves
- wellington boots
- face mask.
- If your electricity supply is not already switched off at the mains, get a qualified person to do this. DO NOT touch sources of electricity when standing in flood water.
- If you have gas or oil central heating and it has been checked by an engineer, turn it on. Keep the thermostat between 20-22 degrees centigrade for steady drying.
You can get water out of your property using a pump and generator. Position the generator outside in the open air as generators produce carbon monoxide fumes which can kill.
- Only pump out water when flood levels outside your property start to be lower than inside. This reduces the risk of structural damage.
- Shovel mud away evenly from both sides of a wall. This stops pressure building up on one side.
- You can clean and disinfect your property using ordinary household products.
- A garden hose is useful for washing down. Do not use high-pressure hoses as they blast contaminated matter into the air.
- If you are drying your property naturally, keep doors and windows open as much as possible. If using dehumidifiers, close external doors and windows.