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County prepares for worst of Storm Christoph

Date Published: 20 January 2021

We're urging residents to take care as the county is impacted by Storm Christoph, which is bringing heavy rain and high winds to much of the UK.

The MetOffice has issued a Yellow Weather Warning for rain affecting the Rutland area from on Tuesday 19 January until Thursday 21 January, with the worst of the weather expected in the next 24 hours.

Prolonged spells of heavy rain can increase the risk of surface water on local roads, as well as localised flooding in low-lying areas and along local watercourses. 

You can stay up-to-date with the very latest weather forecast and subscribe for regular sever weather alerts on the Met Office website.

Further advice about flooding and how to prepare can also be found on the our Flooding page.

Councils, emergency services and the NHS all work together to help people prepare for flooding – and to stay safe.

They advise you:

If you or anyone else is in danger as a result of a flood, call 999.

“There are parts of Rutland that can be prone to flooding during periods of severe weather. If you’ve experienced flooding previously or live in area where there is a flood risk, it’s important that you take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your property. Our focus is on protecting the vulnerable, keeping roads open and reducing the spread of coronavirus. In the event that it’s needed, our approach to any evacuations will be in line with Government guidance. Where there is a risk to life, people are permitted to move into a friend or family member’s home – and we’re working to identify people who may have to leave their houses if the weather leads to localised flooding. If people do need to leave their homes because of flooding, we’d encourage them to try to avoid sheltering with older adults aged 70 and over, those who are shielding or clinically extremely vulnerable and those who are isolating. For people who are clinically vulnerable, shielding, isolating or have symptoms, we will house them in separate accommodation.”
Councillor Lucy Stephenson, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport

There are steps you need to follow if you must shelter with friends or family members because of flooding:

  • Keep 2 metres apart from those you do not usually live with wherever possible.
  • Wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds.
  • Regularly clean frequently touched surfaces.
  • Let plenty of fresh air 
  • Consider wearing a face covering especially in shared areas.
  • Limit time in shared spaces such as kitchens, bathrooms and sitting areas.
  • If possible, each household should use a separate bathroom - or clean the bathroom after use if there is one bathroom.
  • Use separate towels from the other household 

Preparing for flooding

Before flooding

  • Find out if you are at risk of flooding
  • Contact the Environment Agency floodline on 0345 988 1188 for advice on current conditions or visit the Environment Agency Flooding website
  • Put together an overnight bag in case you have to be evacuated
  • Protect doorways and low level air vents with sandbags or plastic bags filled with sand or earth. Remember to unblock before using gas or ventilating equipment
  • Check on your neighbours, especially those who are elderly or infirm and inform the Emergency Services of their location 

During flooding

  • Keep calm. If you are in danger dial 999 and / or attract attention of people nearby
  • Turn off water, gas and electricity supplies at the first sign of flooding in your property
  • If trapped, remain near a window where you can be seen
  • If the Emergency Services are on scene, follow their instructions
  • Be prepared, you may need to be evacuated
  • Do not enter flood waters as depth and current can be deceiving. Just six inches (15mm) of flood water can knock an adult off their feet. The flood waters may also be contaminated with sewage and there may be hidden dangers
  • Move your family, pets and valuables upstairs or to higher ground if threatened by floods

After flooding 

  • Contact your insurer

  • Do not switch on gas or electricity until it is checked by a professional

  • Do not use food that has been in contact with flood water

  • Always wear waterproof gloves when handling soiled items and always wash your hands if you touch anything soiled by the flood water 

  • Thoroughly clean and disinfect all items soiled by the flood water

  • Assume flood water contains sewage

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