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Floods and water

What to do in a flood

Keep calm during a flood. If you're in danger, call 999 and attract attention from anyone nearby.

If you're home is being flooded, take the follow action:

  • turn off water, gas and electricity supplies at the first sign of your home being flooded

  • if you're trapped, stay near a window where you can be seen

  • if the emergency services are there, follow their instructions

  • be prepared in case you need to evacuate

  • move your family, pets and valuables upstairs

Entering flood water

Do not enter flood water. The depth of water can be deceiving and just six inches of flowing water can knock an adult off their feet. 

Flood water can remove drain covers and may be contaminated with sewage or animal waste. It may also contain debris or hidden dangers, such as live electrical cables.

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