Flooding awareness backed by Wakefield Council

Date: 29/10/2014

We are backing a national flood initiative which advises people on how to prepare and plan ahead for an incident.

The Government has posted a detailed list of information on its website, to help business owners and residents to make advanced plans on what to do and how to cope, if flooding were to occur.

In recent years due to heavy rainfall many areas of the country, including the Wakefield district, have experienced surface water flooding. This happens when the ground becomes so saturated, it cannot absorb all the water. So, there is a need for people to be aware of what steps they can take to be ready should a flood happen in their area.

Cllr David Dagger, Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways, said: "I welcome this initiative to give people information on what they can do in advance of a flooding incident. We can't stop a flood but we can be ready for it. So if the worst happens, people have plans in place and know what to do in the event of a flood."

The advice available includes a range of suggestions to help people plan in advance, such as ensuring business owners and residents have correct insurance cover in place. Additionally, there is advice on preparing a 'flood kit' containing vital documents and medication. Irreplaceable items of sentimental value should be put upstairs to avoid flood damage.

For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/prepare-for-a-flood.

Or see http://www.nationalfloodforum.org.uk/at-risk-of-flooding-2/preparing-for-a-flood/