Emergency Planning

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Flooding Advice

You can use the Environment Agency Interactive Flood Map to give you and idea of you level of Risk from River and Coastal Flooding.


The Environment Agency Live Flood Warning Map to see the current flood warnings and alerts in your area.

What should I do when it floods?

The latest flooding information can be found on the Environment Agency website.
The latest weather forecast can be found on the Met Office website
For the latest travel information visit the Highways Agency website

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, DO THESE THINGS NOW:
• 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

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)
• Any other flood product

If needed, you can purchase sandbags and sand from DIY stores and local builder’s merchants. Most local authorities are unable to provide sandbags to individuals.

You should be prepared to act quickly and get yourself to safety. Put the safety of people first and listen to advice from the Police and the Emergency Services. Remember that their concern is for your safety.

Stay alert to localised flooding

Also known as 'surface water flooding'. This usually happens where drainage systems are unable to cope with heavy spells of rainfall, it is very difficult to give a direct warning for this type of flooding. However, the Environment Agency do forecast where it might be a problem in certain counties and put a daily flood risk forecast on their website. You can also find out about the possibility of 'surface water' flooding in your area by checking local weather forecasts.

Floodwater is dangerous

• Six inches of fast flowing water can knock you over.
• Two feet of water will float your car.
• Flooding can cause manhole covers to come off, leaving hidden dangers.
• Don’t walk or drive through flood water.
• Don’t let children play in flood water.
• Don’t walk on sea defences or riverbanks.
• When water levels are high be aware that bridges may be dangerous to walk or drive over.
• Culverts are dangerous when flooded.
• Look out for other hazards such as fallen power lines and trees.
• Wash your hands thoroughly if you touch floodwater as it may be contaminated.

Prepare your property for flooding

It’s impossible to completely flood-proof a property but there are lots of things you can do to reduce flood damage.
If your property is flooded it can be costly in terms of money, time and heartache. While it's impossible to completely flood-proof a property, there are lots of things you can do to reduce flood damage.

Actions you take could help:
• prevent water from short, shallow flooding from getting into the building
• delay flood water from getting into the building if flooding is more severe, giving you extra time to move your possessions to safety and evacuate
• limit the damage to walls, floors, fixtures and fittings if flood water gets into the building
• make it easier, faster and cheaper to clean up and dry out,  so that you can get your life back to normal as soon as possible.

Whether you rent or own your home or business premises, the most important thing is to prepare now by buying and installing flood products in advance. Don't wait until flooding looks likely as you won’t have time to buy or put the measures in place.

Many traditional methods of flood protection, such as sandbags, may not be effective against flooding from groundwater. This is because water can come up through the floor and remain high for a long time. If your property is in an area that is affected by flooding from groundwater you may need to consider pumping water to protect your property.

After a flood

Every year flood damage costs millions of pounds. It will take a long time before you can get your life back to normal following a flood.

Find out if it is safe to return to your property

• Take care as there may be hidden dangers in the flood water like sharp objects, raised manhole covers and pollution.
• Flood water could have caused structural damage to your property.

Ring your buildings and contents insurance company as soon as possible

• In almost all cases the insurance company will send a loss adjuster to look at your property. They will confirm what repairs and replacements are needed and covered by your policy.  Ask if they will help pay for repairs that will reduce potential flood damage and therefore reduce costs if it happens again
• If you rent your property, contact your landlord and your contents insurance company as soon as possible.
• If you do not have insurance, your local council should be able to provide information on hardship grants or charities that may be able to help you.

This information has been taken from the Environment Agency website. Check it out for more information and advice on flooding.

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