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Floods - Be Prepared

If your home or business is at risk from flooding it is important that you are prepared for if the worst happens.

Check for local flood warnings if your area is at risk. Check on the Environment Agency website regularly for any potential flood warnings in your area. - http://apps.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood/31618.aspx

They also have a 24hr telephone line: 0345 988 1188 (type talk: 0345 602 6340)

Ensure you have enough protection for your home before the floods strike. Sandbags need to be in position before the water hits your property – they will not work if flood water has already entered your property.

It is important to remember that Local Councils are not obliged to provide sandbags to residents, although they may make provisions for certain vulnerable people. How to use Sandbags effectively to protect your property

  • Remove all rubbish and debris from the area where the sandbags are to be placed.
  • Place bags in layers, like a brick wall, ensuring that the next layer overlaps the one below by half. Stamp bags firmly into place to close gaps and create a tight seal. You can provide extra protection by placing a tarpaulin or plastic sheet on the ground and up the side of the wall/doorway/gateway.
  • If you need to protect an area with sandbags which requires the height to be more than 3 layers high, you should use a pyramid shape. This provides a more stable structure. The bags should be layered lengthways and widthways alternately, making sure that each bag is stamped into place. The loose ends should be tucked under the filled portion of the bag (if they are not stitched securely).

Basic Structure

Pyramid Structure

If sandbags come into contact with floodwater they may contain contaminants such as sewage so we would recommend that you wear rubber gloves when removing used sandbags after a flood.

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