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Coping with flooding

In the event of flooding, following these safety tips:

  • 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 necessary.
  • Look after neighbours. People have been known to suffer from hypothermia after their homes have become flooded with cold rainwater -  even in the summer.

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