Flooding Information - Introduction
You may have already suffered flooding, or be concerned that you live in an area at risk of flooding if you reside near to a watercourse. If you are not sure, you can check the "Indicative Flood Plain Map" on the Environment Agency website:
However, as you may not appear on the map, as it only covers certain rivers, you could also ask neighbours of any known history of flooding, and think about the lie of the land, in case you could be vulnerable to 'run-off' flooding. This advice is also worth following if you are thinking of purchasing a property, and you should ensure that your solicitor asks if there is a known history of flooding to a property. If you are selling and asked the question by the purchaser's solicitor, you are obliged to provide this information.
Even if you live in an area where flood defence work has been carried out, it is worth being aware, as we are dealing with nature, that flood risk can only be reduced and not eliminated. It is therefore still worth reading these pages, and considering making a 'personal flood defence plan', purchasing flood defence products as deemed necessary, maybe forming a 'Flood Action Group' in your area or applying to receive flood warnings from the Environment Agency. All of these subjects are covered and many more.
If you are reading these pages following a flood, the 'National Flood Forum' will be able to advise you on companies specialising in drying out properties, and your local Neighbourhood Office will be able to help you with such issues as homelessness, financial help if you do not have house insurance and applying for Council Tax exemption if your property has to remain empty.
Contact numbers for the above can by found on the contact list, which is worth printing out and keeping to hand as there are numbers you may need during an emergency.
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