Over 5 million people in England and Wales live and work in properties that are at risk of flooding from rivers or the sea.
Surface water flooding after sudden and heavy rainfall, happens very quickly. There are a number of things you can do in advance to prepare for flooding and minimise the impact.
We’ve collected some simple tips to help you prepare for flooding.
- Are you signed up for flood warnings? If not, do so here.
- If you receive a warning, make sure you take action!
- Consider buying flood protection equipment for your home.
- Consider making temporary measures such as filled compost bags that will divert the water from the entrance points into your home. Or use plastic carrier bags filled with driveway gravel. Plastic sheeting weighed down with bricks can also be helpful to divert water.
- Make sure you take action as soon as you receive a flood warning.
- The local radio stations will be giving up to date information and weather updates.
- River levels are monitored by the Environment Agency and gauges are updated daily (more often in an emergency).
- Avoid contact with flood water if at all possible and if you do, wash your hands regularly.
- If you must enter flood water then be careful, there could be hidden dangers.
- Should you suffer damage from the flooding, take photos to support any insurance claims.
Floodline: 0345 988 1188