If you live in the south-west of the UK, notably Devon and Somerset, or the north of England you would be wise to be on high alert against floods, with widespread showers and heavy rain forecast for much of the country.
The Environment Agency (EA) is now warning communities to be on their guard over the next 36 hours as river and surface water is likely, particularly in places that saw heavy rain fall over the weekend. Teams are now monitoring river levels closely and doing their utmost to reduce the flood risks by maintaining defences, monitoring water levels and clearing any blockages that appear in watercourses.
National flood duty manager Clare Dinnis said that the south-west is predicted to see some of the heaviest rainfall today (November 22nd), so there is an increased risk of flooding. “Storm Angus caused heavy rain over the weekend across large parts of the south and more heavy rain is forecast today and tomorrow across England. People in the south-west and north in particular need to be prepared for the risk of flooding and we urge people check their flood risk on GOV.UK or call Floodline for advice on 0345 988 1188,” she went on to say.
You would certainly be wise not to travel unless you absolutely have to at the moment as road closures in some parts of the UK are increasingly likely right now. New research from the EA has found that drivers over the age of 65 are more likely to take risks in flood water than any other age group, so make sure that you do drive sensibly if you do have to leave the house.
Driving through a flood could have fatal consequences so it’s always best to turn around and go back the other way if you do come across a road that’s waterlogged. Before leaving the house, check that the route hasn’t been affected by flooding – which is easy to do since the EA warnings and alerts are updated every 15 minutes. Not only are you risking your life unnecessarily, you’re also risking your car. Director of road operations at the AA Olly Kunc said that even 30cm of fast-flowing water could see your car start to float.
If you want to flood-proof your home, invest in guards that can be fitted quickly if a flood is imminent. This will help to prevent water from seeping through any gaps in your front or patio doors. You can also buy covers that can be fitted over ventilation bricks, or think about fitting non-return valves to drain pipes and others if you’re worried about water backing up during a flood.
You can also make your home more flood resilient by raising your electrical sockets, wiring and fuse boxes, and using water-resistant materials in your kitchens and bathrooms.
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