Safeguarding your home
- Board your loft to create more space to move possessions above flood levels
- Fit portable flood barrier products (available from builders merchants)
- Check for cracks around the sealants on window and door frames
- Check for gaps on brickwork and cracks around the windows, doors and piping
- Clean gutters and ditches regularly and do not deposit oil or building materials down gullies
- Never fill a culvert to create an extra patch of garden
Keeping gullies clear is critical to making sure water can drain away.
Gullies on a public highway will be cleaned by the council.
Contact the gullies team.
- Phone: 0161 770 4325 during working hours
- Phone: 0161 770 2222 for out of hours emergency
If you own your home or rent from a private landlord, the home owner is responsible for keeping these gullies clean, including drains on unadopted roads.
Building and extensions
- Consult building and planning regulations for advice on flood prevention measures before starting a building project
- Install electrical sockets as high as possible above flood water levels
- Put new boilers and/or other heating units on the first floor
A flood is on the way
Do as much as you can in daylight; it will be a lot harder after dark if the electricity fails.
People and pets
- Listen to your local radio and TV weather forecasts and for advice from the emergency services
- Alert your neighbours, particularly the elderly
- Store food and water upstairs
- Bring caged outdoor pets inside
- Move all pets with food, water, bedding and litter trays upstairs
- Flood advice - RSPCA website
Property and furniture
- Move your car to higher ground
- Roll up carpets and rugs and move them out of the way
- Empty furniture drawers and cupboards
- Take furniture upstairs, if possible
- Raise furniture on bricks and pull away from the wall
- Weigh down furniture which is too heavy to move
- Fasten plastic bags around the legs of wooden furniture to help minimise absorption of water
- Take down curtains or wrap them round the curtain pole
- Store valuable or sentimental items and important documents upstairs
Electrics and gas
- Move computers and other electrical equipment upstairs or above the flood level
- Turn off mains gas and electricity
- Disconnect electrical appliances
Drains and plumbing
- Put plugs in sinks and weigh them down with something heavy to prevent backflow from the drains
- Weigh down the toilet seat
Sandbags sometimes help to prevent water getting into your home.
You can buy sand at builders merchants and most DIY/garden centres.
Sand is abrasive so always wear rubber gloves when handling it
Make a sandbag:
- Half fill an old pillow case or refuse sack with sand or soil
- Tie or tuck in the neck of the bags
- Lift the sandbag by the neck and place it across the doorway. Make sure it sits snugly against the door and frame
- Pull the neck back across the top of the bag, then layer in a brick formation so that the joints are staggered
- Stamp on the bags to plug any gaps
Sandbags last longer if you store them out of the rain or direct sunshine.
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