With the Met Office warning of heavy rain and storms in the region on 23th and 24th July 2013, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is reminding people how to stay safe if it floods.
Stay up to date
• Keep up to date on weather warnings by checking with local media or going on the Met Office website: www.metoffice.gov.uk
• Do check the Environment Agency’s local flood warnings for your area by looking online at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/ or calling the National Environment Agency Flood warning information and advice Tel: 0845 988 1188
• The recent long, dry spell means the roads will become particularly slippery when it begins to rain
• During periods of bad weather please allow more time for your journey
• Try to avoid driving through standing water, as it is difficult to judge the depth and you don’t know what obstructions might be hidden by the water.
• Please do not ignore any warning signs.
Advice for homeowners and businesses
Floods can happen quickly so don’t wait until it is too late to think about preparation.
Before a flood:
• Do organise some sandbags to block doors and airbricks but remember to ensure that there is adequate ventilation in your home.
• Do find out whether your area has flooded before and if there is any specific flood advice for your area.
• Do find out where to turn off your electricity and gas supplies in advance.
• Don't underestimate the damage that a flood can do, check with your insurance company that you have flood cover.
When a flood starts:
• Do put your safety first, stay alert, events can change very quickly during a flood; listen out for any warnings on the radio and the TV.
• Do move people or pets upstairs or to higher ground, identify a place where you and your family can keep away from the floodwater.
• Don't under any circumstances drive or walk through floodwater.
• Remember, items that have been in contact with floodwater may be contaminated and contain sewage, therefore make sure that anything that has been in contact with the water is safely cleaned.
After the flood:
• Do get in contact with your insurance company and let them know what has happened.
• Do open your doors and windows to ventilate your home.