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The physical devastation that accompanies a flood is enormous. It is important to remember we must at all times be prepared to respond to the risk of flooding. Major flooding in Warwickshire is usually caused by:
The Environment Agency issues flood warnings to properties at risk of flooding from main rivers. Local Authorities, the Emergency Services, utilities and local radio stations are also informed when flooding is expected.
Warnings are issued using what is known as the Flood Warnings Direct system, which can send a warning directly to your telephone, mobile, fax or pager. If you would like to register for the Flood Warnings Direct system please contact Floodline on 0845 988 1188.
The Environment Agency’s new public flood warning service went live at the end of November 2010. They have changed their flood codes to make them easier to understand and more visible. There are three types of warning which give clearer guidance about what action people need to take. For further information on the changes please see New Public Flood Codes 2010 (PDF - 434 KB)
Real time flood warning information for your area, can be obtained via the Environment Agency:
Online flood warning service
Updated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Warnings of severe weather events are also available from the Met Office Severe Weather Warning Service.
Protect your home from flooding
In order to improve response to such events within Warwickshire the Emergency Planning Unit have developed a pack offering information, advice and contacts to assist the public during and after flooding.
Sand bags can be useful in preventing flood damage or diverting water away from properties and are readily available from buildings merchants and other DIY superstores. Warwickshire County Council have distributed a number of unfilled sandbags to Parish Councils in the region who are at risk from flooding. Requests must be made to them direct. For details of your local Parish and Town Council please look on the Parish and Town Councils Database.
The Environment Agency has information about the risk of flooding in your area and how to protect your property from flooding.
The National Flood Forum is a community-based network set up by people who have been through the experience of flooding and suffered the distress, losses and frustration that follow.
Preparing For A Flood (PDF - 938 KB) - Practical advice on what to do to protect you and your property.
During A Flood (PDF - 531 KB) - What should you do during a flood, or when you first hear that it's about to happen? Look through our check list now, so you'll be prepared if the worst happens.
After A Flood (PDF - 467 KB) - How to get your home back to normal.
Damage Limitation (PDF - 812 KB) - How to make your home flood resistant.
Cleaning Up After A Flood - Health advice from the Health Protection Agency on cleaning up after a flood.
Flooding Advice From The Department Of Work And Pensions (PDF - 25 KB)