As the climate changes and urban populations grow, the number of people at risk of flash flooding increases and for many people, even if their home or business is not at risk, there’s a good chance the roads or railway lines they use are.
Somerset County Council is the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) and is responsible for managing the flood risk from surface water and may hold more detailed information.
Approximately 20% of our homes are at Medium or High risk of flooding. We’ve written to those concerned and we’ll make you aware if you move into one of these homes. You can check the long term flood risk for your area here.
What do I need to do?
First of all, don’t panic. We’re simply raising your awareness so you can give some thought to what you might need to do if the worst should happen. You may want to come up with a Personal Flood Plan similar to the plan you have if there was a fire in your home. You may want to consider:
- Does my contents insurance cover me for all types of floods?
- Are all my important documents (e.g. insurance) kept somewhere safe?
- Do I know where (and how) to switch off the electric and gas?
- What important things would I need to take with me (e.g. medication, phone, charger)?
- Where could I go?
- Who could I call for help?
- Who might need my help?
You can sign up for flood warnings or you can call Floodline on 0345 988 1188. If you’re hard of hearing you can use Typetalk on 0345 602 6340.
Please don’t be alarmed, please just be aware and prepared if the worst should happen. If you would like to discuss this please feel free to contact us.