What should I do during a flood?

Below are the things you should do during a flood.

Localised flooding

‘Surface water’ or flash flooding, usually happens where drainage systems are unable to cope with heavy spells of rainfall.

The Environment Agency cannot provide direct warnings for this type of flooding. Instead they forecast where it might be a problem in certain counties and put a daily flood risk forecast on their website.

You can find out about the possibility of surface water flooding in your area by checking local weather forecasts and traffic news. If surface water flooding is possible, district councils and Highways monitor those areas that are more susceptible. They will take measures to reduce potential flooding where possible.

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Page updated: 04/12/2020 Page updated by: Flooding Team

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