February 17th, 2020
If, like much of the country, you’ve been watching the after effects of Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis, you’ll know that thousands of homes and business across the UK are counting the costs of these two devastating storms – two storms in as many weeks. Mother nature raged fiercely over the weekend, and has left homes, businesses, schools and public transport severely affected. South Wales was one of the worst hit areas of the UK, and our heartfelt thoughts and best wishes go out to anyone affected. Natural Resources Wales have said that the level of flooding this time was “unprecedented”.
Although the worst of the storm is over, the Met Office have still advised that there are flood warnings still in place for several regions across England and Wales, with yellow warnings of wind still in place along coastal regions. Safety is essential in times like these, so here’s some safety advice and guide to Flood Safety……
- Stay tuned to local television, radio and local internet news sites for the latest updates on flooding in your area.
- Know the difference between a Flood Alert and a Flood Warning. An alert means flooding is possible. A warning means it is expected, so you should take immediate action.
- Don’t travel unless you really have to – saturated roads can quickly turn into rivers during periods of flood and heave rain. It’s safer to stay at home.
- Co-operate with the emergency services – if you’re advised to leave your property, then do so. Always follow their advice.
- If you live in an area where a flood warning is in place, then prepare – move valuables and as many possessions as you can to upper floors, including food, clean water and drink.
- Don’t venture out or swim into flood water. Large and dangerous objects could be hidden underneath the water, as well as holes in the ground. It’s also a health hazard – flood water is a mix of rain, river, seawater, rubbish and sewerage.
- Don’t touch electrical equipment that is wet, has been wet or if you are wet.
- Don’t be tempted to get too close to swollen rivers to have a look – the ground can be unstable and a few inches of running water can easily knock an adult off their feet.
- If you live in an area that suffers from frequent flooding, then think about putting together an emergency “Flood Kit”. This could be a large box containing dry clothes, wellies, waterproofs, a blanket, torch, first aid kit and some food and water, and also a copy of your home insurance document.
- You could also agree a “Flood Plan” with your family in advance. Agree (and make sure everyone knows) who to contact and where to go should your property be flooded.
- Check your insurance cover to confirm that you are covered for flooding.
- Use sandbags to block floodwater, put plastic coverings over air vents and use old floorboards to fix to window and door frames.
- If you think flood water is about to enter your property then turn off the electricity and gas supply if it is safe to do so.
- Wash your hands thoroughly if you come into contact with flood water. And anything that has been touched by flood water will need to be thoroughly cleaned. Anything that can’t be cleaned will need to be thrown away.
- If you are in immediate danger then dial 999
- If you can, keep photographic records of any damage to your property – you may need them if you want to make an insurance claim later.
We sincerely hope that you don’t need this Flood Safety advice…. stay safe out there, and we hope that this terrible weather improves soon.