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)

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.