Things To Do When A Flood Breaks In Your Town

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English: Bales in flood The River Dove near Ro...
English: Bales in flood The River Dove near Rolleston was well across the fields. In the background is a drinking water intake plant. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A flood can be a scary experience, and can threaten your home in a way you may not be prepared for. Unusual weather has been a more common occurrence in recent years, which many people attribute to global warming, and so it could be that even in a town where flooding has never been an issue before you may need to know what to do if a flood hits. If you live in an area that does suffer from flooding at certain times of the year, or you live near a river, it is even more important to know the basics for keeping your home and family as safe as possible when flooding occurs. But even if you live in a place where a flood doesn't seem likely, it pays to know what to do – remember that floods can also be caused by internal leaks in your water system, as well as by external weather conditions, so even if you are on top of a hill you may still find yourself in a flood situation at some point!
Here are some of the things to remember if you are threatened by a flood:

Drinking Water


Flood waters are not clean, and can contaminate other supplies of water. You may find yourself without tap water to drink, so it is good to have some bottled water you can use stashed away somewhere safe. You may also, when the news that a flood is imminent gets to you, wish to fill up your bath tub, sink and any possible containers (including pans from your kitchen) with good clean tap water while you can. This will give you water you can use if your water supply is shut off due to contamination. You should keep this supply of water upstairs where it will be safe from the flood waters.

Electricity

One of the first things we learn as kids is that water and electricity do not mix, so if you are worried a flood is coming it is best to turn off the electricity in your home and move all your important electrical appliances to higher parts of your house where they won't get damaged. If you have an upstairs or a loft put your TV, stereo, computers and other important electrical gear up there where they won't get wet. Make sure you have some candles in stock as well because you may need these for light when the electricity is turned off.
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Documents

Make sure you know where your insurance documents are and that you have put these, and all your other important paperwork, in a safe place where the flood waters can't get to them. You will probably need to use your insurance for things like water removal and replacing goods that get damaged in the flood, so having all of the related papers to hand will make this process faster and easier. After a flood you are likely to be very busy trying to salvage things and getting your house back into a habitable position, so it can be a really big help not to have to struggle with finding the insurance documents you need to get the ball rolling on any compensation you are going to be entitled to.


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Things To Do When A Flood Breaks In Your Town

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