Before Flooding: What can be done to protect against flooding
The County Council will ensure that all road drains are working as effectively as possible. However, these systems may be submerged and may not be able to cope with the huge volumes of water from the ground.
The Hampshire Flood Warning Directory contains information on how to prepare for a flood and is available through the Environment Agency's Floodline on 0845 988 1188. You can also log on to the Environment Agency's website.
Preparations you may wish to take to before flooding:
- Move valuables, food and other possessions upstairs where possible. If you live in a Bungalow, Caravan, Prefab or any other dwelling without access to a second storey and you find yourself in difficulty alert the Emergency Services so you can be evacuated. If you are able to self evacuate and stay with family or friends inform the Emergency Services so your location is known. Turn off gas and electricity if flooding is definitely about to happen. Think about cooking without gas or electric supplies.
- Have a supply of drinking water in clean bottles or similar containers.
- Fill the bath and buckets with water for washing etc.
- Emergency pack - keep a battery radio and a torch (with spare batteries), necessary medication, emergency numbers, rubber gloves and your insurance policy in a safe place.
- Protect doorways and low level vents with sandbags or alternatives such as plastic bags filled with soil or gravel (Remember to unblock these vents before switching everything back on).
- Check that neighbours know about any flood warnings issued.