Name: Flood
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Flood

Be prepared

If flooding happens

  • Tune in to your local radio station or call Floodline for updates.
  • Report property flooding or river blockages to the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60.
  • If safe to do so, turn off gas, electricity and water mains before water enters your home.
  • Put plugs in sinks and baths and weigh them down.
  • Move your family and pets to a higher position with a means of escape.
  • Remember to take your emergency 'grab bag'.
  • Don't touch sources of electricity when standing in water.
  • Never drive through flood water. Eighty per cent of flood deaths occur in vehicles.
  • If there's raw sewage in your property, keep out. See if you can stay elsewhere (see Have emergency friends) until it's been cleansed.

After a flood

  • Find out if it's safe to return to your property by checking the media and local authority website.
  • Check falling river levels via Floodline and the Environment Agency website.
  • Contact your insurance company as soon as possible and follow their advice.
  • If you can get in to your property, take photographs for evidence.
  • Protect against contamination - always wear waterproof outerwear, wellingtons and gloves.
  • Have your electricity supply checked before switching back on.
  • Have your gas or oil central heating checked by a qualified person.
  • Your local council may provide help for clearing flood damaged household items and protecting against further flooding (i.e. sandbags).
  • For further, detailed advice on what to do before, during and after a flood, check the Environment Agency website.
Last Updated: 06th September 2018 Print Link

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