Coping with flooding
In the event of flooding, following these
- Motorists should not attempt to drive through flooded roads or
fords. The water is often deeper than it looks and may be moving
quite fast. Your vehicle may be swept away or become stranded.
- Do not attempt to walk through flooded areas. Even shallow
water moving fast can sweep you off your feet and there may be
hidden dangers such as open drains or damaged road surfaces, which
can cause serious injuries or even death.
- Remember that the during a storm the emergency services will be
very busy. Only call for immediate assistance if there is a risk to
life or serious property or environmental damage.
- Following a flood in your home, make sure all electrical
circuits are fully dried out and checked by an electrical engineer
before switching back on.
- Keep an eye on weather reports on local television or radio
news channels. Do not travel in heavy rain storms unless absolutely
- Look after neighbours. People have been known to suffer from
hypothermia after their homes have become flooded with cold
rainwater - even in the summer.
Reduce your risk of being affected by flooding
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