There are 5.2 million homes in England at risk of flooding. Don’t assume it’s not you.
Whether you live on a hill, in a flat or in an area that’s never flooded before, flooding can still affect you, putting your home, your possessions and your family at risk. In England there are over 5 million homes at risk of flooding, but most people assume it’ll never happen to them. According to recent polling, only a third of people in areas at high risk of flooding believe that their home could be at risk. And with climate change already causing more frequent, intense flooding as has been seen recently up in the North of the country, we all need to know what to do, should the worst happen.
Knowing what to do in a flood could save your life.
According to the Environment Agency, the average cost of flooding to a home is around £30,000. Flooding also brings a significant risk to life. The mental health impacts of flooding can last for two years or more after flooding has happened. But, crucially, taking steps to prepare for flooding, and knowing what to do in a flood can significantly reduce the damages to a home and possessions (by around 40%), reduce risk to life, and reduce the likelihood of suffering from mental health impacts in the future.
What Should I Do? Know how to Prepare. Act. Survive.
The good news is that there are some simple things you can do to prepare for flooding.
Check whether your home is at risk – www.gov.uk/check-flood-risk
Register with Floodline – 0345 -988 -1188 for the warnings below