Flooding

Flooding can occur year round rather than mainly in winter. Summer flooding is more likely to result from shorter period high-intensity rainfall of the sort we often get from mid-late afternoon or evening downpours/storms.
If you are likely to be affected by river flooding please see the link to the Environment Agency online river levels (Northwest area, south)

River levels in  the North West

What can I do to protect myself and others from flooding?

Ways that you can prepare for flooding

These include:

  • Sign up for free warnings from the Environment Agenct by calling floodline on 0845 988 1188.  Environment Agency
  • Check your insurance cover.
  • Know how to turn off your gas, electricity and water mains supplies
  • Use flood protection equipment such as plastic covers to seal airbricks.
  • Agree how you and your family will contact each other if there is a flood.
  • Keep your valuable and sentimental items on the first floor or on the top shelf of a cupboard.
  • Think about what you would want to move to safety during a flood, such as pets, cars and electrical equipment

Flash Flooding

A flash flood is a rapid flooding of low lying areas, caused by heavy rain, sometimes associated with a thunderstorm. Flash flooding occurs when the ground becomes saturates with water that has fallen too quickly to be absorbed.

Be aware of flood hazards, especially if you live in a low lying area, near water or downstream.

  • If there is a possibility of a flash flood occurring, move immediately to higher ground – Do not wait for instruction to move
  • Listen to the local radio and television stations for local information, if possible.
  • Be aware of streams, drainage channels and areas known to flood suddenly.
  • Stay away from flood waters as they could be contaminated.
  • Do not drive into flooded areas.
  • If Local Authorities issue a flood warning – Prepare to evacuate:
    • Secure your home.
    • Fill your car with fuel.
    • If instructed, turn off utilities at main switches. Disconnect electrical appliances but do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.