What is the likelihood of your home being flooded?
Here are ways to check:
Find your house on this map or enter your post code on the Environment Agency website, Flood Map Page
Sign up for flood warnings on Floodline 0845-988 1188 or you can sign up on their website to receive warnings by telephone, mobile, text, SMS, email or Fax at: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/default.aspx
Talk to the Environment Agency : 01903-832203
Look for local risk forecasts at: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/default.aspx (This site has plenty of useful advice)
Floodline Warnings Direct is a free service which sends you a direct message when flooding is possible and may affect your property. Flood warnings will give you time to prepare for flooding, which could save you time, money and heartache. If your house or premises are in a possible flood zone, then it makes sense to be prepared, even though a flood may not be very likely.
There are a number of ways to check if your house might be vulnerable. See our links section to find companies who provide various barriers to flooding to help protect your home.
- Talk to your neighbours and see what their plans are
- If you are new to Westbourne, ask neighbours who have been here for longer than you about their experience
- Put contact numbers that you may need, somewhere where you will always find them
- Decide what you’d take if you did have a flood and needed to evacuate your property
Useful telephone numbers and links to helpful web sites
Floodline 0845 988 1188 (24 hour)
Environment Agency www.environment-agency.gov.uk
Flood Plan UK www.floodplanuk.org
Some ideas and links
Alternatives to sandbags
www.aqua-sac.com “The Aqua-Sac™ S.O.S bag needs ‘no sand’ therefore, storing 25-50 bags will take up no more space than a couple of thick folded blankets.”
www.absorbeez.com/Products.php “sandbags” made of a light material that absorbs water but is very light when dry.
www.floodsax.co.uk “FloodSax are the modern alternative to sandbags but they’re like pillow-cases full of hundreds of absorbent crystals…. it absorbs 19.8 litres of water in just 3 minutes. …..FloodSax® mould into doorways and become taut in five minutes”
Floodproofing your airbricks
www.flooddefender.co.uk shows a picture of the kind of airbrick that prevents water flowing through
www.ecocoverage.co.uk has another example
Flood barriers for doors etc.
There are many examples of these – here is one example
and here are two more: www.carofds.co.uk flood defence systems & www.damfast.co.uk/
Backflow protection from sewage :www.ukfloodbarriers.co.uk/backflowvalve.asp
www.floodtite.com/toiletpanseal.html stops water from flowing up through your toilet
Floodbond provide a post flood service and can dry out any building of any size in only 4 days. You can add Floodbond cover to your existing flood insurance: www.floodbond.com