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.

Floods can kill. Don't try to walk or drive though floodwater - six inches of fast flowing water can knock you over and two feet of water will float your car.

Manhole covers may have come off and there may be other hazards you can't see.

Never try to swim through fast flowing water - you may get swept away or be struck by an object in the water.

Don't walk on riverbanks or cross river bridges - they may collapse in extreme situations.

Floodwater contains sewage and other contaminants. Do not eat food that has come into contact with the water. Wash your hands with disinfectant if you come into contact with the water directly.

"Ready-to -eat" foods which have or may be contaminated with flood water should be discarded. Sealed tinned foods are likely to be safe to eat if washed down.

Move your family and pets upstairs or to higher ground. If the flooding is severe the authorities may move you to temporary accommodation.

Do not drink, clean your teeth or cook with your water supply until the environmental health officer has pronounced it fit for human consumption again. Your full system needs to be flushed through to remove any possible contamination.

For more information on what to do during 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.