How to deal with a flood
2. How to stay safe
- Six inches of fast flowing water can knock you over and two feet of water can float your car.
- Flooding can cause manhole covers to come off, leaving hidden dangers.
- Don't: walk or drive through flood water, let children play in flood water, or walk on flood defences or riverbanks.
- When water levels are high be aware that bridges may be dangerous to walk or drive over.
- Culverts are dangerous when flooded.
- Look out for other hazards such as fallen power lines and trees.
- Wash your hands if you touch floodwater.
If you're about to be flooded
- If you have a flood plan, put it into action.
- Alert neighbours, especially if they are elderly or less mobile.
- Block doors and air vents with plastic sheets and sandbags.
- Fit any flood protection you might have.
- Move electrical and valuable items to a higher level.
- Bring pets inside.
- Turn off gas, electricity and water supplies - store some drinking water.
- Stay informed: listen to the local radio or contact the Environment Agency's Floodline.
If your property floods
- Turn off gas, electricity and water at the mains.
- Do not touch sources of electricity when standing in flood water.
- Stay in your home if you can - move upstairs unless it is unsafe to do so.
- If you decide to leave, try to stay with friends or family.
- In extreme situations, district councils set up rest centres, rescue teams will be in touch with those affected. Make arrangements for your pets as rest centres usually only allow them for a short time.
- Put safety first and heed advice from the police and the emergency services.
More information, is available in the National Flood Forum's 'Ready for Flooding' guide.
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Last updated: 12 March 2019