Find out easy way to find out about flood risk and reduce your flood risk.
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 prepare for flooding:
- Move valuables off the floor and areas close to the floor that may be damaged during a potential flood.
- Assess where flooding is most likely to come from. For example, it may be from your back garden if live next to a brook or stream, or from the road if your area is at risk from surface water flooding. See the map below.
- 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 together 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)
Here are 5 simple steps you can take to reduce the amount of rainwater leaving your property and slowing it down:
- More green space and planting – plants, shrubs, grasses and trees intercept rainwater and reduces the amount of water that enters the drainage system
- Not paving over your garden – making more hardstanding/paving outside your property can significantly increase how quickly the rainwater runs off and enters the drainage system. Using permeable materials (such as gravel or permeable paving)
- Rainwater harvesting – filtration, storage and re-use of rainwater for domestic appliances
- Rain gardens/planters – these can be incorporated if it is possible to disconnect rainwater downpipes and allow rainwater to flow into the planter area
- Water butts (Rainwater harvesting) – storing water which can be used for activities such as vehicle washing and watering plants
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