Driving Through Flood Water – don’t do it!

It’s time to mention again that driving through flood water is dangerous. Here is some information from the UK Fire Service website.

It says that, over the last 10 years, the UK has experienced flooding like never before. Many areas that were not expected to flood, did so, with devastating effects.

Once a flood is in progress, it is advisable not to do the following:

  • Don’t drive through floodwater. Two feet of flowing water is enough to sweep your car away.
  • Don’t walk in floodwater that is above knee level, it can easily knock you off your feet. The water could cover open manholes, road works or objects and you won’t be able to see them.
  • Don’t touch items that have been in contact with the water. Flood water is likely to be contaminated and could contain sewage. Disinfect and clean thoroughly everything that’s got wet.

After the Flood has finished, if your property is affected:

  • Do call your insurance company. Tell them what’s happened. They’ll need to get moving quickly
  • Do check under Flood Damage for suppliers of cleaning materials or equipment to dry out your property (Yellow Pages or online).
  • Do contact the gas, electricity and water companies. You’ll need to have your supplies checked before you turn them back on. Find their numbers on the back of a recent bill or in the phone book.
  • Do open your doors and windows to ventilate your home. It takes a brick about an inch a month to dry out, so take care to ensure your house is secure. Remember to unblock your airbricks and doorways
  • Do watch out for any broken glass or nails while you’re clearing up
  • Do wash taps and run them for a few minutes before use. Mains tap water should not be contaminated but check with your local water company if you’re concerned.


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