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Surface water flooding

In the event of a flash flood

  • never put yourself in any danger
  • if you are at immediate risk of flooding and water is entering your premises, call 999 and ask for the Fire Service
  • block any air bricks to prevent flood water coming in
  • move pets and valuable items upstairs or to a place of safety
  • avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water, there could be hidden dangers like sharp objects, raised manhole covers and could be polluted
    • if you take unnecessary risks, like driving along a flooded road when you don't know how deep it is and getting stuck, you add to the burden on the emergency services and may put other lives at risk
  • turn off the electricity and gas supply until a qualified electrician or engineer has inspected them - don't touch any electrical appliances, cables or equipment while standing in flood water, or any appliances that have been immersed in flood water
  • avoid contact with flood water and wash your hands regularly with clean water and soap - swallowing flood water or mud can cause diarrhoea, fever or abdominal pain
Last modified on 15 November 2023

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