The Environment Agency has issued its highest-level warning, “Severe Flooding – Danger to Life”, for the River Severn at Shrewsbury in Shropshire. The Welsh Bridge river gauge is registering rising river levels which are expected to peak at up to 5.2m on Monday evening – enough to cause severe flooding to avenues and A-roads in the affected area of the town.
Take Immediate Action
If you have a property in the affected area, the government advice is to leave immediately. Keep yourself and your family safe. Follow advice from emergency services, who will be able to direct you to a safer place. If you are in immediate danger, do not hesitate to call 999.
When the Floods Subside
Check with your local emergency services that it is safe to return to your property. Once it has been declared safe to return, you can inspect the damage to the property caused by the floodwaters. You may need to have a safety inspection from utility companies before you can turn your gas, water and electricity back on. Take photographs to document the extent of the damage and the height that the floodwaters reached. This will help when it comes to making an insurance claim.
Protect Your Property from Future Floods
If major flood defences have been breached, then the infrastructure may take months or even years to repair. In the meantime, unfortunately, your property may be at increased risk of repeat flooding.
There are, however, measures you can take to increase your property’s flood resilience, such as tiling the ground floor, raising the levels of plug sockets and installing non-return valves and SMART Airbricks. Our main business is the manufacture and installation of bespoke flood barriers that provide proven property level protection.
Sometimes, following a major flood, the government makes grants available to homes and businesses that have been affected. Although this tends to be a postcode lottery. Check with your local council to see whether you are entitled to some money towards making your property more flood resilient.
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Find out the flood risk to your property on the Environment Agency website.