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)
What can I do to protect myself and others from flooding?
- Find out if you are in an area at Risk of Flooding
- GO IN, STAY IN, TUNE IN
- Make up a flood kit.
- Move valuables, food and possessions to a safe place e.g upstairs or first floor of your home.
- Make a flood plan
Ways that you can prepare for flooding
- 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
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.