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With Kent facing forecasts of heavy rain overnight (11 October), Kent Fire and Rescue Service is reminding residents and drivers of important safety tips.
If severe weather leads to flooding in certain areas, motorists are being warned not to attempt to drive through flooded roads or fords. KFRS Head of Community Safety, Stuart Skilton said: “This can be extremely dangerous as 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 travel in heavy rain storms unless absolutely necessary.”
Residents are being reminded that during a storm, the emergency services will be very busy so only call for immediate assistance if there is a risk to life or serious property or environmental damage.
Stuart Skilton added: “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. Please look after neighbours who may be vulnerable. Keep an eye on weather reports on local television or radio news channels."
Other home safety tips include:
make a flood kit of essential items (e.g. copies of your home insurance documents, a torch, waterproof clothing, blankets, prescription medication, bottled water and non-perishable foods, baby food and contact numbers)
check your insurance cover for flood
make a list of important contact numbers (see www.environment-agency.gov.uk for who can help in the event of a flood)
know how to turn off your gas, electricity and water mains supplies
find a safe place for important or sentimental items and think about other items you may need to move (pets, furniture, your car).
In the event of a flood, agree where you will go and how to reach each other
Visit the Environment Agency website for more advice, flood warnings and to sign up to their Floodline www.environment-agency.gov.uk or call 0845 988 1188