What to do in the event of a flood
Check the met weather service to keep up to date.
- Move to higher ground if possible.
- Do not walk or drive through flood waters. Six inches of moving water can knock you over. Two feet of water can sweep you and your vehicle away.
- Abandon your car if the water is not moving. Never leave your car and enter moving water.
- During heavy rainfall, never park or camp near water.
- Always keep a torch, blanket and first aid supplies in your car.
How to prepare my home for a flood
- Buy flood insurance if your area is flood prone.
- If you are in a flood prone area, have an emergency plan.
- Ensure you have a torch, batteries, first aid supplies and money in your home.
- Turn off gas and electricity at the mains.
- If safe to do so, move your possessions upstairs in your home.
- If you are standing in water or are wet, do not touch electrical equipment.
What happens after a flood?
- When your local authority advise it is safe to do so, you may return home.
- Do not stand in water, it may still be electrically charged from power lines.
- Do not drive in areas that may still be flooded.
- Photograph the damage to your property for insurance purposes.
For guidance on how to deal with your insurance company click here.