Flood advice from Direct Gov
Returning after a flood advice from the Environment Agency
It is recommended that you only fully reoccupy your home once it has been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected and allowed to dry out.
Be careful walking through floodwater, there may be debris, open manholes or other hazards you cannot see and sediments may be slippery. Always move slowly and carefully.
Never enter flooded areas or touch electrical equipment if the ground is wet, unless you are certain that the power is off.
Do not assume that any part of a flooded electrical installation/appliance is safe.
If your home or business has been flooded, electrical hazards may exist long after the water dissipates.
If water has been present anywhere near electrical circuits and electrical equipment, turn off the power at the main breaker or fuse on the service panel.
Do not turn the power back on.
Do not turn on any electrical equipment if it has been under water until it has been inspected by a qualified electrician. These items may work and appear safe but once they have been under water, they could cause electrocution or fire.
Turn of the gas supply to appliances that have been flooded and do not use until they have been checked by a CORGI registered engineer.
A Gloucester City Council Building Inspector will visit you’re property, if you have been flooded, to confirm there is no structural damage.
The main health hazard following flooding comes from the stress and strain of the event, not from infections. Take some time to consider your mental health and approach the clean up without overexerting yourself and in this way you will avoid additional physical stress.
IF YOU ARE INSURED, CONTACT YOUR INSURER
If possible take photos or video footage of the damage, and mark the high water level on the walls for reference. Do not undertake any clearance or repair work until your insurer has given approval.
HELP WITH PETS AND ANIMALS
If you need help or advice concerning your pets and animals during this unsettled period, please contact our Environmental Services team
Links to Latest Flood and Water Supply Information
Last Updated: 30/07/07