The Environment Agency has produced a leaflet about
what to do before, during and after a flood:
More Guidance from the Environment Agency is listed below.
What to do When you Hear a Flood Warning
- Listen out for warnings on radio and TV and phone Floodline on
0845 988 1188 for more information.
- Move pets, vehicles, valuables and other items to safety.
- Alert your neighbours, particularly the elderly.
- Put sandbags (see below) or flood boards in place - but make
sure your property is ventilated. Plug sinks/baths and put a
sandbag in the toilet bowl to prevent backflow.
- Be ready to turn off gas and electricity (get help if needed).
Unplug electrical items and move them upstairs if possible.
- Co-operate with emergency services and local authorities - you
may be evacuated to a rest centre.
- Do as much as you can in daylight. Doing anything in the dark
will be a lot harder, especially if the electricity fails.
Stay Safe in a Flood
- Floods can kill. Don't try to walk or drive through floodwater
- six inches of fast flowing water can knock you over and two feet
of water will float your car. Manhole covers may have come off and
there may be other hazards you can't see.
- Never try to swim through fast flowing water - you may get
swept away or be struck by an object in the water.
- Don't walk on sea defences, riverbanks or cross river bridges
if possible - they may collapse in extreme situations or you may be
swept off by large waves. Beware of stones and pebbles being thrown
up by waves.
- Avoid contact with floodwater - it may be contaminated with
Further information on flooding advice &
Malvern Hills District Council is responsible for managing rest
centres should the need to evacuate residents arise and sandbags
will be made available if flooding is expected at several locations
in the District.
See also: Emergency Planning and
details of the Red Cross help in
For further information on sandbag location, contact
Information about flood warnings and river levels can be found
through calling the Environment Agency Floodline on 0845
988 1188 or on the Environment Agency