In 2014, England had the wettest January since 1766 according to the Environment Agency. Around 5,800 properties have flooded since December 2013, causing damage, disruption and emotional distress.
While you can't completely flood-proof your home, you can reduce the impact by taking a few precautions. And if you have any vulnerable neighbours, always ask if they need assistance before and after a flood.
The following organisations can advise if your home is in a flood risk area:
If your home is at risk, sign up to a flood warning service or listen out for flood warnings on local radio and television.
Preparing for flooding can benefit you, your family and your home.
You can also purchase purpose-built equipment such as flood boards for doors and air brick covers. If you do buy any such flood protection products, make sure they display the British Standards Institution (BSI) Kitemark or comply with the BSI specifications PAS 1188-1:2009 or PAS 1188-1:2009 (Flood protection products).
If your home is damaged by flooding, contact your insurance company immediately. After a flood make sure your electricity supply is switched off and don't attempt to use any electrical appliances that may be wet.
Putting things right after a flood can be very expensive and time-consuming. AA Buildings Insurance can cover your home against damage caused by flooding.
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