Simple steps you can take to prevent flooding
Here are 5 simple steps you can take to prepare for flooding:
- Move valuables off the floor and from low-lying areas. Valuables located here are at more of a risk should flood water enter your home or business.
- Assess where flooding is most likely to come from. For example, it may be from your back garden if you live next to a brook or stream, or from the road if your area is at risk from surface water flooding. See the map in the "Do you know your flood risk?" section.
- Where possible, seal exposed points around your property (e.g. airbricks, service points, holes in brickwork etc.) where water may be able to enter during flooding
- Put together a plan to be used during a flood event. This should specify what items may need to be moved out of danger, what you would need to do to try to stop water entering the property and where you may be able to evacuate (see information within ‘Prepare yourself for flooding’ which is available here)
- Compile items into a flood emergency kit (see information within ‘Prepare yourself for flooding’ which is available here)
If you live in a Flood Risk Area, you should be able to sign up for the Flood Warnings service here:
Here are 5 simple steps you can take to reduce the amount of rainwater leaving your property:
- Create more "Green Space" – plants, shrubs, grasses and trees intercept rainwater and reduce the amount of water that enters the drainage system
- Permeable Paving– if you want to pave over your garden, use permeable paving material like gravel or specially designed concrete. However, it is much better to not pave over your garden!
- Rainwater harvesting – filtration, storage and re-use of rainwater for domestic appliances
- Rain gardens/planters – These are gardens that are situated in such a way that runoff from gutters and rainpipes actively water the plants.
- Water butts (Rainwater harvesting) – storing water which can be used for activities such as vehicle washing and watering plants
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