What to do in the event of a flood

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What to do in the event of a flood

Follow our guide:

  1. Check the met weather service to keep up to date.
  2. Move to higher ground if possible.
  3. Do not walk or drive through floodwaters.  Six inches of moving water can knock you over.  Two feet of water can sweep you and your vehicle away.
  4. Abandon your car if the water is not moving.  Never leave your car and enter moving water.
  5. During heavy rainfall, never park or camp near water.
  6. Always keep a torch, blanket and first aid supplies in your car.
  7. Get in touch with your insurer, they may be able to offer you alternative accommodation until the water subsides.  Click here for guidance.

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 that you can get quick access to.
  • Turn off gas and electricity at the mains before you leave the property (if safe to do so).
  • If safe to do so, move your possessions upstairs in your property.
  • 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 and it may be infected by sewerage.
  • Do not drive in areas that may still be flooded.
  • Photograph the damage to your property for insurance purposes.
  • Get in touch with your insurance company.  Click here for guidance with this.


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