With Winter just around the corner, now is a good time to consider whether you are prepared for potential flooding, like that that caused so much damage in Calderdale in December 2015.
Calderdale Council’s advice to all residents is to make sure they have measures in place to protect their own property, sign up for the Environment Agency weather warnings and flood alerts available by email, text and phone, check what the warnings mean and what they should do, keep a close eye on the weather outside and the levels of nearby rivers, particularly during prolonged, heavy rain.
You can start by taking three simple steps to help protect you, your family and home from the devastating effects of flooding:
- Check your flood risk – Use the Environment Agency maps to find out if you are at risk from flooding https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/long-term-flood-risk
- Register for Floodline – sign up tel: 0345 988 1188 or visit: https://www.gov.uk/sign-up-for-flood-warnings
- Do something to be prepared. Start with a quick personal flood plan and find out what the different flood warnings mean visit https://www.gov.uk/floodsdestroy
- Advice for people who’ve been flooded is available at: https://www.gov.uk/prepare-for-a-flood
If you are interested in becoming a flood warden or would like to ask questions, please email the flood resilience team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the latest information on current flood warnings and the local weather forecast, Calderdale residents can visit the ‘Eye on Calderdale’ website –www.eyeoncalderdale.com
You can also stay up to date by following @EnvAgencyYNE and #floodaware on Twitter.