What should you do in the event of a flood?

What you should do in the event of a flood. Simon Finlay Photography.

What you should do in the event of a flood. Simon Finlay Photography. - Credit: Copyright Simon Finlay Photography

Public Health England and the Environment Agency has these tips for people to follow in the event of a flood.

• Avoid walking or driving in or near flood water, as accidents happen in fast flowing water.

• Do not let children play in flood water.

• Move your family, pets and floodkit to a high place with means of escape. Stay safe, listen to the advice of the emergency services and evacuate when told to do so.

• Do not touch sources of electricity if you are standing in water.


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• Avoid contact with flood water and wash your hands regularly. Swallowing flood water or mud can cause diarrhoea, fever or abdominal pain. Mention the flood if you see a doctor within 10 days for abdominal complaints.

• Take care if you must go into flood water. There could be hidden dangers like sharp objects, raised manhole covers and pollution.

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