How to reduce the impact of flooding

16 January 2015

Our top 5 tips for flood resilience

Read our top 5 ways to prepare for a flooding event and protect your home or business.

1. Maintain local drains.  In autumn and winter, there’s always plenty of leaves lying around on the ground.  Although they might be great to jump in and kick around, they can unfortunately cause problems with our drainage systems. When it rains in towns and cities, the water runs to waysideLeaves On Storm Drain drains and, as it does, brings with it any nearby litter or biomass (leaves in this case).  Drain covers or grates filter this material and can soon become blocked, so the surface water runs past to the next one.   A stream is soon formed, which can rise above shallow kerbs, flooding pavements. To avoid this happening, keep known drains clear of debris – this could extend to culverts too.

2. Move valuable items.  You can’t always be at your home or business so it’s good practice (especially in at-risk properties) to ensure that any valuable or sentimental items are stored high enough to avoid potential floodwater.

3. Have a Plan.  Heavy rain is the most common cause of flash flooding and unfortunately it seems to be happening more and more often.  The good news is that weather forecasting is able to predict how heavy rain will be, which gives us a chance to prepare.  In a flash flooding event, being prepared saves time and sometimes even lives. For help putting together your flood plan read this article.

 4. Identify a warning trigger.  If your property is within a flood risk area then sign up to the Environment Agency’s Floodline Warnings Direct.  If your property is outside these areas then the next best trigger is Met Office Weather Warnings either online, on the radio or on TV broadcasts.  Monitoring local river levels is another trigger that can be used. Find the nearest monitoring station to you and, in times of prolonged rain, go online to see the latest level data.

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5. Flood insurance.  If you’re in an at-risk area, ensure your building and contents insurance covers you for flooding. Read our article about flood insurance to find out how you could save money on your insurance costs.

  • Know your risk
  • Be Prepared
  • Have a Plan


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