Lead Agency in Merseyside – Environment Agency
Flooding can come from a number of sources - coastal, rivers, surface water or burst water mains. Surface water flooding, after sudden and heavy rainfall, happens very quickly.
The predicted impacts could include:
- Risk to life (people and animals);
- Damage to properties, businesses, roads, structures and infrastructure;
- Pollution and contamination of local environments;
- Long-term damage to tourism and businesses.
The consequences could include:
- Disruption to utilities, electric, gas and water supply;
- Flooding of properties;
- Evacuation of residents;
- Disruption to affected businesses;
- Short, medium and long-term accommodation of those whose homes are flooded;
- Unrecoverable damage to businesses;
- Long-term psychological and health impacts;
- Long-term restoration and recovery issues for homes and businesses.
WHAT ARE WE DOING IN MERSEYSIDE?
- Identification of what areas could be affected by flood water and who is at risk;
- Production of multi-agency plans to assist with the evacuation of those communities who are at risk;
- Provision of guidance for the public about protecting property from flooding;
- Strategic area planning to protect the areas at risk;
- Development of ways and means of alerting the public as early as possible when there is a significant flood risk;
- Continuing to invest in maintaining and improving our sea defences;
- Developing flood rescue and assistance for those who become isolated by flooding.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO?
- Find out whether you live or work within a flood risk area (use the Environment Agency website www.gov.uk/flood);
- Sign up to Floodline Warnings Direct if you are in a flood warning area using the Environment Agency website (address above) or phone Floodline on 0345 988 1188;
- Get to know the flood warning codes and what they mean;
- Prepare your home to be protected during a flood (a guide for householders and small businesses);
- Study the Floodready website to see case studies of recent flooding events in Merseyside and the North West region;
- Visit the Environment Agency's FloodsDestroy website for advice before, during and after a flood;
- Download and keep a copy of the flooding leaflet produced by the Environment Agency and Public Health England which provides advice on planning for flooding before it happens, what to do during a flood and recovering and cleaning up after a flood;
- For small and medium sized businesses, download and keep a copy of 'Weathering the Storm', a practical guide for businesses in Merseyside;
- Put together your Emergency Grab Bag and prepare your Household Emergency Plan; include the locations of your water, gas and electricity in case you have to turn these off;
- Have adequate insurance and understand what to expect from your insurer if you are flooded;
- The Association of British Insurers has useful information on flooding insurance;
- Identify neighbours who may need assistance or who may be able to provide assistance to you, in case of evacuation;
- Have supplies in your home that will enable you to cope for up to 3 days should you be unable to evacuate.
- Listen carefully to weather forecasts or visit websites, heed warning and advice;
- Where possible, move valuable / irreplaceable items to upper floors during times of flood risk;
- Avoid contact with flood water it may be contaminated and regularly wash your hands;
- Listen to the Emergency Services, if they tell you to evacuate then do so.
- If you have to enter flood water, take care as there could be hidden dangers;
- If your house is damaged due to flooding, take photos of the damaged items to support any insurance claim;
- Do not turn on your gas or electric if you have been flooded. Wait for a qualified technician;
- Visit the United Utilities website for helpful advice if you’ve been flooded and who to turn to for help;
- Follow Public Health England's guidance with some useful information on 'Recovering from a Flood';
- Read these frequently asked questions about resilient repairs to your home.