If there’s been a flood alert there are a few simple things that you can do to help limit flood damage. Remember, you don’t have to live in or near a floor risk area to be affected by flooding, heavy rain can also overwhelm drainage systems. Just watch our short video, or see the steps shown below.
Steps to take
- Find out if your home is in a flood risk area. You can do that by contacting the environment agency. You can also sign up for free flood text alerts. During prolonged heavy rain listen to local radio or television for warnings.
- Keep your important documents such as insurance policies, bank details, useful contact numbers in a dry, easy to-get-to place, upstairs is best.
- You also need to make sure you can turn anything off in case you need to at short notice. Check you can get to your electricity mains or gas tap and only turn them off if it’s safe to.
- You can use sandbags to block doorways and air-bricks to help stop water getting inside. If you don’t have sandbags, you can fill heavy-duty bin bags or plastic bags with sand or earth.
- Help reduce damage by putting things in higher places, or moving them upstairs. If there’s time, roll up rugs and put them in a dry place. Take down curtains or lift them over their curtain rails to keep them out of the way.
- You could make a flood emergency kit. Things worth including are: key personal documents, a torch, radio – and extra batteries. Warm clothing, blankets, rubber gloves and boots could come in handy. As could cleaning equipment. Include a first aid kit and anything else you couldn’t do without. Also, keep a stock of food, can opener and bottled water handy. And maybe have a plan in mind if you’re advised to leave your home because of flooding.