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15th February 2020


Storm Ciara has hit the UK hard and here at Metro Rod Birmingham we want to help provide as much security and safety as we can.

Flash Floods are a real emergency. They are unpredictable in nature and can occur in a manner of minutes. Here are our top tips for staying safe during a flash flood emergency:

  • Follow flood alertsIf heavy rain is forecast in your area, you should regularly check the Environment Agency’s website (www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood) to see if there are flood warnings in place. You can also create alerts on the Met Office website which will provide information on severe weather or flooding.
  • Create a flood kitThis should contain essential kit and items, such as a torch, warm clothing and blankets, a first-aid kit (including any important prescribed medication), bottled water and non-perishable food. It is also advisable to put your insurance documents into this kit.
  • Take extra care!Don’t underestimate the danger of flood water. Just six inches of fast flowing water is enough to knock an adult off their feet and two feet of water has the power to move a car! DO NOT enter flood water unless it is an emergency and absolutely essential for you to do so. If you become stranded by flood water, do not attempt to wade through it. Contact the emergency services and await rescue and evacuation.
  • Find a high placeIf you are caught outside when a flash flood threatens, find the highest possible ground and if you are at home, move essential items (including your flood kit) either upstairs or on top of high furniture.
  • Turn off gas, electric and water suppliesIf your home or business is threatened with flooding, turn off the supplies, just before it enters. DO NOT touch electrical items when standing in flood water.

The aftermath of a flash flood can be devastating for homes and businesses. Only enter your property when the emergency services have confirmed that it is safe to do so. Be extra careful if there is still water standing as it can hide dangers such as structural damage, debris and contaminated waste. Take photos of the damage, most smartphones have a camera function good enough to take these photos – and contact your buildings and contents insurance company.

Metro Rod Birmingham offer services across Birmingham, Solihull, Walsall or Dudley  and surrounding areas. Dealing with blocked drains, drain repair, CCTV surveys and septic tank maintenance. We believe in simple things and make sure we follow them through; available 24/7, professional, value for money service during and after the job and peace of mind in the fact that all our engineers are highly trained, DBS checked and fully insured.

Metro Rod are expert drainage specialists with many years’ experience of helping both domestic customers and businesses to clean up after a flash flood has caused devastation. Our fleet of tankers can help to pump away areas of standing water and our engineers can complete a thorough clean-up of the surrounding areas to ensure that they are safe again. This includes jet washing to get rid of debris and also carrying out drain surveys to ensure that they are debris free and ready to cope the next time heavy rainfall threatens the area.

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