Managing the Risks of Flooding - An Information Bulletin

Heavy rain could bring more floods at the start of 2014, the Environment Agency (EA) has warned.

Counties at increased risk of flooding are Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Berkshire, Sussex, Surrey, Kent and Cumbria.

Flood Risk Assessment

Businesses should complete a flood risk assessment, with some of the key considerations being; flood history and proximity to the sea, rivers, etc.

For the full list of considerations click here

Flood Plan

If the flood risk assessment indicates the premises is at risk, a flood plan should be drawn-up to include; important contact information, checklist of procedures and insurance details for staff.

Flood Warnings

In addition to warnings that are released via the media and online, the EA and SEPA operate a 24 hour Floodline on 0845 988 1188. Businesses are advised to subscribe to their free Floodline Warnings Direct service.

Flood Resistance

Measures may be necessary to defend the property by ensuring the walls, floors, service intakes and drains are upgraded; to be effective the entire building perimeter needs to be resistant, by using; water guards, floor skirts and non-return valves.

For the full list of flood prevention methods click here

Flood Resilience

These are measures which make the fabric and services of the building more robust and easier to clean, dry out and reinstate, in the event of floodwater entering the premises.

Immediately After a Flood

Insurers should be contacted immediately and their advice followed. Repair work or disposal of damaged property should not commence without their approval.

For the full information bulletin, including a list of useful links click here