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After the Floods advice

After the floods

This advice is for people after flooding and for those who have returned home following evacuation.

  • Contact your insurer as soon as possible;
  • Do not go into flood water. There could be hidden dangers like sharp objects, raised manhole covers and pollution;
  • Do not turn on gas or electrics if they may have got wet. Only turn them on when they have been checked by a qualified technician;
  • Good ventilation is essential to dry your property. Ensure good ventilation, particularly if using portable indoor heating appliances to dry out indoor spaces. Do not use petrol or diesel generators or other similar fuel-driven equipment indoors: the exhaust gases contain carbon monoxide, which can kill;
  • Throw away food that has come into contact with flood water – even sealed or tinned food. Don’t eat fresh food from the fridge or freezer if your electricity has been turned off.
  • Food safety advice after flooding, including how to make baby food without mains water;
  • Take photographs or video footage of all flood damage to your property and personal possessions;
  • Wear protective clothing when handling debris it may have come into contact with contaminated water. Here's some clean up advice (PDF 177 KB) from Public Health England;
  • Stay with friends or family, or ask the housing department at your local district council to help you find alternative accommodation if your home has been damaged by floodwater. Only return to your home when essential repairs and cleaning have been completed;
  • Feeling tired, anxious and having difficulty sleeping is normal after you have been flooded. Contact friends and family for support as it can take a long time for life to return to normal. Here's general information about mental health following floods (PDF 165 KB) from Public Health England;
  • Obtain several quotations before any repairs are undertaken. Worcestershire's Trader Register is a free online directory of home improvement trades people who have given their commitment to provide good workmanship. It's a great place to start!

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External websites

  • National Flood Forum 
  • Worcestershire's Trader Register is a free online directory of home improvement trades people who have given their commitment to provide good workmanship.
  • Highways Agency
    The Highways Agency is an Executive Agency of the Department for Transport (DfT), and is responsible for operating, maintaining and improving the strategic road network in England on behalf of the Secretary of State for Transport.

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This page was last reviewed 6 May 2014 at 9:32.
The page is next due for review 2 November 2015.