Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Fire Service highlights more weather warnings

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is highlighting more weather and flood warnings.

There is a yellow warning of rain for South and South East England until 0600 on Wednesday.

The public should be aware of the risk of further localised flooding, especially in areas which have been affected in recent days.

For more info please go to the Environment Agency website.

Flooding advice
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.

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