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Flooding

Flooding is a natural process that can happen suddenly.

Lancashire County Council has launched a campaign to help people be better prepared for possible flooding.

The campaign highlights the fact that flooding can happen almost anywhere, often without warning, during and after heavy rainfall – and that being prepared can significantly reduce its impact on people and property.

Over the last few years, we have seen the devastating impact of heavy rainfall in Lancashire where people have had to leave their homes and seen valuables destroyed by flood water.

Even if you don't live near open water, there can be a risk of flooding. If it rains hard enough for long enough the roadside drains can become overwhelmed and the water will find its way to lower ground, potentially through houses, businesses or critical infrastructure.

It can't ever totally be prevented but there are things you can do to reduce the impact of flooding and preparing in advance will help you keep calm during a stressful situation.

This includes making sure you have the correct home insurance policy in place; writing a flood plan and preparing an emergency flood kit; making sure you know how to turn off your water, gas and electricity; and looking into ways of protecting your home from potential damage."

The new campaign involves a range of information and tips being promoted in local communities, as well as on the council's website and social media.

For more information, advice, useful contacts and to view a short animation about how you can prepare for flooding, visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/flooding.

Environment Agency support

To help in preparing a response to a flood, the Enironment Agency has the role of principle flood defence operating authority in England and Wales. The Agency operates the National Flood Warning Centre(NFWC) to provide a central focus for improving flood forcasting, flood warning and communications in order to help protect people and property in flood risk areas.

It is the responsibility of the property owners to take appropriate action to protect their property from flooding.

More information on protecting yourself from flooding can be found on the Environment Agency Website:

www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood

Flood warning information and advice helpline tel. 0845 988 1188 or 0345 988 1188

Sandbags

The council does not supply sandbags. However we might deploy them in circumstances where they may help to alleviate flooding.

Flooding from highways

Lancashire County Council is responsible for maintaining the drainage of highways.  For queries regarding highway drainage tel. 03001236780

www.lancashire.gov.uk

Flooding from sewers

United Utilities manage the public sewer network.  A public sewer is typically the main sewer in the street or one anywhere which serves more than one property.  A sewer can either convey foul water, surface water or a combination of both.  For queries regarding public sewers tel. 03456723723

www.unitedutilities.com

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