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When flood warnings are issued for the South West, the Environment Agency will activate a widget which will appear below.

 

We respond to flooding and weather related incidents to rescue people at risk in floodwater and to help the community in many other ways.

Never drive through flood water, you will never know how deep it is.

If you are in an area liable to flooding, then it is a good idea to start making a personal flood plan which should include the following points:

• Know who to contact and how and keep a list with all your important contacts to hand
• Think about what you can move to a safe place before the waters arrive
• Check your insurance cover
• Know how to turn off your gas, electricity and water mains supplies

• Prepare a flood kit of essential items including home insurance documents and keep it handy

For more advice on preparing for a flood, follow the Environment Agency advice on: https://www.gov.uk/prepare-for-a-flood or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188.

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service would add that people should not try to drive or walk through floodwater.

Please take a moment to look at our leaflet on The hidden dangers on flooded roads.

The Met Office issues weather warnings about predicted severe weather conditions on its website: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings/#?tab=map

The Environment Agency issues flood warnings for areas which are most at risk of flooding:
https://www.gov.uk/check-if-youre-at-risk-of-flooding

 

The Agency has produced a guide on what to do to protect yourself and your property before, during and after a flood which can be downloaded here:

http://cdn.environment-agency.gov.uk/LIT_5216_d5fc0d.pdf

Sign up to receive flood warnings:

 

Public Health England has produced some Frequently Asked Questions and other advice on health issues associated with flooding:

http://www.hpa.org.uk/Topics/EmergencyResponse/ExtremeWeatherEventsAndNaturalDisasters/EffectsOfFlooding/

 

Travel disruption and road closures

Flooding incidents often lead to road closures and transport disruption, sometimes for prolonged periods of time. To check on road closures in your area, go to:

Somerset http://www.somerset.gov.uk/roads-parking-and-transport/     

Devon http://www.devon.gov.uk/index/transportroads/traffic.htm

 

National

Highways England

AA Roadwatch

 

Sandbags

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service does not provide sandbags. For information on the provision of sandbags in your area, contact your local authority.

The Electrical Safety Council would like to help those households that may be affected and have provided the leaflet, available on the link below, to help home owners.

Where to start when the flood water has gone

 


All our safety information can be made available in other languages. Please contact 0800 050 2999 to request a copy.

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