20 February 2019
Preparation and damage limitation.
The risk of flooding
Checking your risk of flood
Monitoring flooding in your area
For times when flood risk is imminent, there are several ways you can monitor the severity of risk in your local area:
- Sign up to Flood Warnings Direct from EA to receive warnings by phone, text or email. SEPA and National Resources Wales offer similar alert systems.
- Follow weather alerts on Twitter - @metofficeUK give live weather updates across the UK.
- Get the app – NOAA Weather Radar and Alerts is a popular app that gives severe weather warnings.
Preparing for flood
Work with your community
Store essential flood equipment
Have a contingency plan
Flood-proofing your property
- Flood barriers
Flood barriers are boards that can be installed across doorways and windows ahead of the arrival of flood water. These usually slide into a frame pre-attached to the building structure to provide a watertight seal.
Used in conjunction with plastic sheeting to create a flood barrier.
- Airbrick covers
One of the first points of entry of floodwater into a property is via airbrick vents. A plastic cover can be clipped to framework surrounding airbricks to prevent the entry of water.
- Non-return valves to drainage systems to prevent backflow of foul water into the property.
- Drainage gullies
Installed around your property designed to capture surface water and divert it directly to drains.
This can be used to divert surface water away from a building. Care should be taken to ensure water is not diverted on to neighbouring property where it could cause damage.
What to do during a flood
- Safety comes first, think about evacuation before it is too late to move.
- If flood water is about to enter your property turn off the gas, electricity and water but never touch sources of electricity when there is standing flood water.
- Move valuable possessions, sentimental and irreplaceable items to safety, if you can, move them to upper floors.
- Take as much furniture as you can to upper floors, if you can’t move them lift them on to blocks or bricks to minimise the damage.
- Think about moving cars to higher ground if you know there is a threat of flooding.