What to do in the event of a flood

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What to do in the event of a flood

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  • 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.