Flooding

This is some simple advice on what to do before, during and after a flooding incident.

The information has been compiled from our own work and guidance provided by the Environment Agency.

It is provided to help you ensure the safety of your home and family.

Make sure it is safe to go home and that your residence is still structurally safe.

Call your insurance company's (24 hour) Emergency Helpline as soon as possible. They will be able to provide information on dealing with your claim, and assistance in getting things back to normal.

Take photos of any flood damage to your property in order to assist with your insurance claim.

The Citizen's Advice Bureau may be able to offer advice on how to obtain money in an emergency and deal with insurance queries.

Open doors and windows to ventilate the house but take care to ensure your house and valuables are secure. It takes a house brick about a month per inch to dry out.

Contact you gas, electricity and water company. Have your power supplies checked before you turn them back on. Wash taps and run them for a few minutes before use.

Throw away food which may have been in contact with flood water - it could be contaminated.

Contact your Environmental Health department for advice.

Beware of bogus traders. Always check references and if possible get recommendations. Contact Trading Standards for advice.

For more information on recovering from a flood and other publications visit the Environment Agency's Flooding Advice website.

This is some simple advice on what to do before, during and after a flooding incident.

The information has been compiled from our own work and guidance provided by the Environment Agency.

It is provided to help you ensure the safety of your home and family.