Across the country, in recent years, we've experienced storms, extreme rainfall and flash flooding affecting travel, businesses and communities. As our climate changes we can expect to see more extreme weather - and more floods.
Flooding is a prevalent problem and can never be eliminated. Not only do floods damage properties, put pressure on drains, overflow pipes and water supplies, they can spread disease and pose a significant risk to life too.
We're here to help you plan and be fully prepared to tackle flooding by providing expert advice, support and product solutions to keep you, your people and property safe.
Did You Know? 40% of businesses do not reopen after suffering from a flood.
Since 1998 there has been at least one serious flood every year. Floods can be caused by a variety of factors including heavy rainfall and thunderstorms over a short period, prolonged extensive rainfall, high tide combined with stormy conditions, overflows of riverbanks, coastal flooding, tidal surges and dam failures.
The best way to help protect against flooding is to know what to do in advance. Start preparing now before a flood happens!
- Find out if your business is at risk from flooding
- Sign up for flood warnings
- Simple maintenance - such as keeping drains and gullies clear of debris will help to protect your property.
- Have a flood plan - the conditions that will activate the plan; the chain of command; emergency functions and who will perform them; evacuation procedures, training and exercises, who to contact and how
- Have the right equipment - from flood barriers. protective clothing to hygiene products.
It's important to know what to do when a flood happens. Flood water is dangerous! There may be hidden dangers in flood water like sharp objects, raised manhole covers and pollution as well as structural damage to your property. Flood water can contain sewage, chemicals and animal waste.
- Know your flood warnings - understand what the different alerts and what you need to do
- Stay safe and always listen to the advice of the emergency services - evacuate when told to do so
- Protect what you can - move important items such as important documents to safety, move outside items to higher ground
- Put flood protection equipment in place - help stop water entering your premises by placing sandbags and barriers against doors and air bricks. Use HydroSacks and HydroSnakes as an alternative to traditional sandbags as they can absorb up to 20 litres of water each.
- Protect yourself and others - who must respond to flood areas by wearing the correct kit. As a minimum, wellington boots and gloves should be worn plus wearing waterproof outwear and face protection is also advisable.
- Always wash your hands - have soap and warm water available or alternatively an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
- Get help during a flood - important contacts, incident lines and sites
When it's safe for you to return to your premises, assess the hazards. Cleaning properly will remove hazards from bacteria and viruses and drying will prevent problems from mould.
- Pump out water - only when flood levels outside your property start to be lower than inside and it's safe to do so. This reduces the risk of structural damage. DO NOT pump water out into the sewer system as it will worsen problems.
- Drying out your property - Ensure good ventilation. If drying naturally, keep doors and windows open as much as possible. If using dehumidifiers, close external doors and windows. DOT NOT USE petrol or diesel generators or other similar fuel driven equipment inside as they can produce poisonous levels of carbon monoxide, which can kill. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions.
- Cleaning your property safely - wear PPE such as waterproof clothing and gloves, rubber boots, goggles, face masks.
- Control dust - avoid dry sweeping. Mist down areas to contain dust and collect the dust with a wet/dry vacuum.
- Remember to wash your hands and all safety clothing - have soap and warm water available or alternatively an alcohol-based hand sanitiser and wash safety clothing to stop bacteria breeding.
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