Over 5 million people in England and Wales live and work in properties that are at risk of flooding.
In 2014, 5,800 properties flooded, and 25% of areas affected by floods were outside of areas known to be at risk of flooding.
There are several steps home and business owners can take to prepare for the risk of floods:
- Check your flood risk using our Flood Risk Checker.
- Sign up to the Environment agency free flood warnings - only 41% of people eligible for free flood warnings are signed up to receive them!
- If you’re a business in an area at risk of flooding, ensure you regularly review your plan of how you’ll respond to a flood including how you’ll protect staff, deal with hazardous equipment and reduce the risk from any polluting materials.
Further advice can be found on the Gov.uk website.