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This page contains information on what to do in the event of major flooding.
Updated: 7/06/2012 2:57 p.m.
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Floods are the most common cause of a Civil Defence Emergency.

Before a flood strikes

  • DO assume that you will have to cope with a flood. Several so-called '100-year' floods can happen in quick succession.
  • DO find out about the worst flood in your locality and how high it rose. Calculate where such a flood would reach in your home.
  • DO inform yourself about present and future plans for building flood protection schemes in your locality.
  • DO know how to reach the nearest high ground.
  • DO keep your valuables and some food and clothing above what you judge to be the high-water mark.
  • DO store weedkillers, insecticides and other chemicals above your estimated high-water mark.
  • DO consider building some form of storage above your ceiling.
  • DO keep your insurance cover up-to-date.

When a flood threatens

  • DO listen to your radio for information. Follow Civil Defence advice and instructions.
  • DO disconnect electrical appliances and move valuables, clothing, food, medicines and chemicals above the likely reach of floodwater.
  • DO take your Getaway Kit with you if you have to leave your home. Turn electricity and gas off at the mains.
  • DO take your pets with you.
  • DON'T go into floodwaters alone.
  • DON'T go sightseeing through flooded areas.
  • DON'T drink floodwater. It could be contaminated.



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