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WHAT TO DO IF A FLOOD HAPPENS

"I clung on to a mobile chalet but an elderly lady could not hold on and was being swept away.  My husband and I grabbed hold of her and pulled her back.  We managed to get into the chalet but the water was rising."

What to do When you Hear a Flood Warning

  • Listen out for warnings on radio and TV.
  • Move pets, vehicles, valuables and other items to safety.
  • Alert your neighbours, particularly the elderly.
  • Put sandbags or flood boards in place - but make sure your property is ventilated.  Plug sinks/baths and put a sandbag in the toilet bowl to prevent backflow.
  • Be ready to turn off gas and electricity (get help if needed).  Unplug electrical items and move them upstairs if possible.
  • Co-operate with emergency services and local authorities - you may be evacuated to a rest centre.
  • Do as much as you can in daylight.  Doing anything in the dark will be a lot harder, especially if the electricity fails.

Stay Safe in a Flood

  • Floods can kill.  Don't try to walk or drive through 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 sea defences, riverbanks or cross river bridges if possible - they may collapse in extreme situations or you may be swept off by large waves.  Beware of stones and pebbles being thrown up by waves.
  • Avoid contact with floodwater - it may be contaminated with sewage
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