Be aware that flooding can cause manhole covers to come off.
Keep children and vulnerable people out of floodwater.
Don’t walk on sea defences or riverbanks.
Take care or avoid crossing bridges when water levels are high.
Take care crossing culverts as they are dangerous when flooded.
Look out for other hazards such as fallen power lines and trees.
Wash your hands thoroughly if you touch floodwater as it may be contaminated.
Take action in an emergency
Call 999 if you are in danger, or people have been injured.
Check in on vulnerable neighbours.
Move people and pets upstairs or to a higher place with means of escape.
Evacuate when told
Follow the advice of emergency services if they tell you to evacuate – they will take you to a centre run by the local council and give you food and bedding.
Bring clothing, medication, and baby care items.
Bring pets in a secure carrier and pet food.
Tell someone if you intend to stay with friends or relatives instead of the evacuation centre.
Pumping out water
Ask your local Fire and Rescue Service about pumping out floodwater. There may be a charge for the service.
If you are a riparian owner the Environment Agency have produced a document called Living On the Edge which is a guide to rights and responsibilities of riverside ownership. For more information visit the Environment Agency Website www.gov.uk/government/organisations/environment-agency
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