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
- 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
- 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
information about mental health following floods
(PDF 165 KB) from Public Health England;
- Obtain several quotations before any repairs are
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!
For more information call:
- National Flood
- Worcestershire's Trader Register is a free online directory of
home improvement trades people who have given their commitment
to provide good workmanship.
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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.