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Preparing for a flood and dealing with the aftermath

Nearly two million properties are at risk of flooding in England and Wales. You can't prevent flooding but you can prepare for it. The better prepared you are, the better you'll cope with the effects of flooding. Don't wait for a flood to prepare for a flood!

Check with the Environment Agency's Floodline, 0845 988 1188, to see if your property is at risk and also check local flood warning arrangements for your area.

If you think your house is about to flood, follow these tips from the Environment Agency:

  • Tune into your local radio station on a battery or wind-up radio.
  • Switch off your electricity / gas supplies.
  • If you have a flood plan, put it into action.
  • Move important items to safety

Remember that floodwater is dangerous and you shouldn't walk or drive through it!

Warning codes

The flood warning system has codes with specific meanings.


Flooding possible
Be aware! Be prepared! Watch out!


Flood Warning
Flooding expected affecting homes, businesses and main roads. Act now!


Severe Flood Warning
Severe flooding expected. Imminent danger to life and property. Act now!


All Clear
An all clear will be issued when flood watches or warnings are no longer in force. Flood water levels receding. Check all is safe to return. Seek advice.


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