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What should I do during a flood?

Below are the things you should do during a flood.

A flood is imminent

  • If you have a flood plan put it into action. 
  • Tune into BBC Radio Gloucestershire for advice (104.7, 95.0, 95.8FM, 1413AM and check BBC Radio Gloucestershire online). BBC local radio has a special role to provide information in emergencies.
  • Follow us on Twitter and look out for updates.
  • Alert vulnerable neighbours.
  • Switch off gas, electricity and water at the mains.
  • Ensure sandbags or flood boards, airbrick covers and other flood protection products are in place.
  • Plug sinks / baths or low-level shower trays and weigh them down to prevent backflow. You can use plastic bags or pillow cases and fill them with soil to help stop water coming up through the drains.
  • If you do not have non-return valves fitted, plug water inlet pipes with towels or cloths and disconnect any equipment that uses water and plug or seal if possible to prevent water entering your home (for example, washing machine and dishwasher).
  • Store smaller electrical appliances and furniture as high as possible.
  • Do as much as you can in daylight. It will be much harder at night, particularly if the electricity fails.
  • In the case of flash flooding, evacuate basement flats immediately and seek higher ground.

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Page updated: 29/11/2022 Page updated by: Flooding Team

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