Flooding is a major risk to the UK and appears as a significant risk on the Wiltshire and Swindon Community Risk Register. Both Wiltshire and Swindon have been affected by flooding in recent years. This article is designed to highlight issues that may arise from flooding and to signpost members of the public to various agencies and organisations who can assist.
The first download is produced jointly by the Environment Agency and Public Health England giving practical advice on:
Planning for a flood before it happens
What to do during a flood
Recovering and cleaning up after a flood
Download practical flooding advice information
We all know electricity and water don't mix and that this issue causes concern and anxiety. Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution has produced practical advice about this subject:
Before a flood
During a flood
After a flood
Download Practical Advice on Flooding and Electricity (Your Power Supply)
The Environment Agency is a key source of information during flooding.
The Floodline telephone numbers are:
0345 988 1188 / 0845 988 1188
The Met Office gives weather forecasts and provides details of flood warnings and flood alerts.
Latest flood alerts and warnings can be found on the home page of this website.
The public is rightly concerned about health issues associated with flooding. Public Health England has produced guidance on cleaning up safely following flooding:
Public Health England Advice - Clearing Up Safely Following Flooding
People naturally worry about their property during flooding.
Specific advice regarding flood resilience has been produced by the Building Research Establishment which is a collective of university researchers and can be found at Six Steps to Flood Resilience
Specific advice regarding the repair and restoration of buildings following flooding can be found at www.ciria.org.uk
Further help and advice can be obtained from the National Flood Forum, a national charity dedicated to supporting and representing communities and individuals at risk of flooding.
Our local councils are always a good source of information and guidance about flooding:
Swindon Borough Council
Further advice around flooding can also be found on this website under Community Resilience.
booklet for practical advice to help prepare for and respond to any emergency.
Even children can get involved in helping to prepare for flooding. See The Flood at our Kids Zone.