During and after a flood

Practical guidance and advice on what to do during and after a flood is available from a variety of sources. Following such guidance and information may help to minimise the emotional, physical and financial impact of flooding and quicken your recovery after a flood.

The Environment Agency

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The Environment Agency provides an extensive source of information and advice on what to do to stay safe in a flood and how to clear up afterwards. Leaflets can be downloaded that summarise important guidance such as; “What to do before, during and after a flood: Practical advice on what to do to protect yourself and your property”. Some of the guidance provided by the Environment Agency is also available in audio format.

In the event of major floods, Public Health England works with local agencies, including the NHS, police, local government and Environment Agency to provide expert advice on protecting the health of the local community, particularly from microbiological and chemical hazards. PHE publishes a range of guidance documents on physical and mental health following floods.

The ABI provides guidance with regard to flooding such as; tips on how to prepare for possible flooding and what you can do if you are flooded including dealing with your insurance company. They also offer important information on what to do if you are leaving your home. For more information click on the link below:

The British Red Cross provides a concise summary of some key steps to follow before, during and after flooding. Following guidance such as this can help promote your wellbeing and safety. For more information click on the link below:

If you have pets or livestock, guidance offered by the RSPCA may be of interest and use. For more information click on the link below:

If you wish to report flooding or drainage issues on public roads call 0300 1234 222