What the flood?
This week is national Flood Action Week and the Environment Agency is running a campaign urging everyone to know what to do to prepare for flooding.
Whether you live on a hill, in a flat or in an area that's never flooded before, flooding can still affect you, putting your home, your possessions and your family at risk. According to recent polling, only a third of people in areas at high risk of flooding believe that their home could be at risk. And with climate change already causing more frequent, intense flooding and sea level rise, we all need to know what to do, should the worst happen.
According to the Environment Agency, the average cost of flooding to a home is around £30,000.
Flooding also brings a significant risk to life.
The mental health impacts of flooding can last for two years or more after flooding has happened. Depression, anxiety and PTSD can affect up to a third of people who have been flooded. But, crucially, taking steps to prepare for flooding, and knowing what to do in a flood can significantly reduce the damages to a home and possessions (by around 40%), reduce risk to life and reduce the likelihood of suffering from mental health impacts in the future.
The good news is that there are some simple things you can do to prepare for flooding. Knowing what to do in a flood could help keep you and your family safe, and save you thousands of pounds in damages and disruption.