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Preparing for potential flooding

Thinking ahead and preparing for what the weather may bring can make a real difference to homes, businesses and communities. One of the first things is to check whether a property is at risk of flooding.

Somerset Council recommends taking precautions and buying sandbags in case of emergencies. If sandbags are not available, the following can be used:

  • rolled-up mats or carpets
  • bags of garden compost
  • pillowcases filled with soil (don't overfill them)
  • timber boards (possibly screwed to door frames, sealed with mastic)

Flooding and roads – key information

Heavy rain and flooding present a danger to drivers – road users are urged not to attempt to drive across flooded roads as it is not possible to estimate the depth of the water reliably.It is vital to prepare for wet conditions. Motorists are urged to drive with extreme caution. If caught in floods there is information and advice on Somerset Road Safety's Adverse weather conditions webpage.

For drain and gully problems, or any issue on the highway report it easily and quickly via the Council's Report a problem on the road webpage.

What to do during a flood

There is information on what to do during a flood on Somerset Prepared's Flooding webpage. In an immediate flood emergency or where there is a risk to life, follow the advice of the emergency services.

What to do after a flood

Assume floodwater has been contaminated with sewage and avoid contact wherever possible. For further health advice when dealing with flood affected areas visit the UKHSA's Flooding guidance and advice webpage.

For advice on cleaning preparation areas after a flood visit the Food Standards Agency's Food safety after a flood webpage.

Follow Electrical Safety First's safety advice before switching back on.

Contact your insurer if you haven't already and let them know the situation. They will advise of the next steps to take in restoring homes and belongings.

Reporting when a property has flooded helps the Council investigate why the flood has occurred and helps us look for possible methods to mitigate the risk of it happening again in the future.

Use the South West Information Management ( SWIM ) website to update flood records/record recent flooding.

So, ladies and gentlemen, the take away from this is that so long as you have power and an internet connection, there's a webpage for that.

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