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November 2019 has proven to be a month of exceptional rainfall so far. With the month coming to a close, we’ve seen thousands across the UK have been affected by flooding causing a drainage emergency.
The periods of hot, dry conditions in summer created a ‘baked’ ground. In other words, poor water absorbency. Therefore, meaning that the heavy rain falls are running over the top rather than sinking into the ground. Consequently, the rain is causing swelling streams and rivers, and as a result very sudden flash flooding.
Many parts of the UK have been affected by the flash floods. Here at Metro Rod Newport, Hereford and Gloucester we have seen a lot of flooding in the last few weeks. With the unprecedented levels of rainfall and severe flash flooding road closures have been plentiful.
Due to the unpredictable nature of flash floods, it is difficult to pinpoint the exact areas that might become affected. However, areas with natural watercourses such as rivers and streams will be under pressure. This is due to the excessive water, as a result these barriers may not cope when rain runoff creates flooding. That is to say that these water courses will not handle the feed of the rain and therefore create flash floods.
Man-made drainage can help. But, these drains can also struggle to cope when flood water pushes the debris into the drains, causing blockages.
Follow Flood Alerts – If heavy rain is forecast in your area, you should regularly check the Environment Agency’s website (www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood). This website will show if there are any 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 kit – This should contain essential kit and items, such as a torch, warm clothing and blankets, a first-aid kit (including any important prescribed medication). As well as 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. Whereas 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 place – If you are caught outside when a flash flood threatens, find the highest possible ground. 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 supplies – If 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. Contact your buildings and contents insurance company.
If you have been affected by flash flooding and need help in clearing the area, Metro Rod Newport, Hereford and Gloucester can help.
Metro Rod are expert drainage specialists with many years’ experience. This experience covers 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. 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. Therefore, ensuring that everything is debris free and ready to cope the next time heavy rainfall threatens the area.
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