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What to do in the event of a flood

Posted on by mechanicalmovements

If flooding happens, it is important to:

-Stay up to date by tuning in to your local radio station or contacting Floodline

-Report property flooding or river blockages to the Environment Agency

-Report hazards such as gas leaks and electrical hazards to the right people

-Read more on what to do if you have been flooded from the National Flood Forum

-Read the Kent Resilience Forum booklet - What should I do in an emergency (PDF)

-Look out for your neighbours – people who are older, vulnerable or living on their own might become concerned or isolated at this time.


A few measures to help prevent damage to your home:


If you live in an area at risk from flooding, you can buy sandbags from local builders’ merchants to help protect your property.

Mobile homes and caravans

Mobile and temporary buildings can be at particular risk in high winds. Anyone who is living in or using a temporary building or caravan should consider alternatives, such as staying with friends and family or, if you are on a campsite, moving to communal brick buildings on site.

Garden furniture

Garden furniture could be a danger to others. You should make sure everything is secure to minimise risk if high winds are forecast.

Danger areas

During poor weather, there are particular dangers associated with coastal areas and rivers. You should stay away from high or strong waves. Avoid walking or driving through floodwater as there may be underwater dangers.

Power lines

Do not assume that power lines that are on the ground or hanging low are dead as they may remain live or could become live. Report low and grounded power cables to UK Power Networks and do not approach within 5m of low or grounded power cables.

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