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In a flood you may find you’re without lighting, heating or a telephone line. The following simple actions will help you to be prepared. The time to think about it is now – don’t wait until it happens. The better prepared you are, the better you’ll cope if it happens to you or your family.
Listen out for warnings on radio and TV, and phone Floodline 0845 988 1188 or visit Environment Agency - Floods for more information.
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 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 a Floating object in the water.
Avoid contact with floodwater – it may be contaminated with sewage.
If you’ve been flooded: