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Flooding: information and practical advice

Flood alerts remain in place across large parts of the UK. Further severe weather is forecast for North West England, Wales and South West Scotland. Find out how to protect yourself from flooding, what to do during a flood and how to clear up afterwards.

Get the latest information and advice

To see the latest local flood warnings, use the Floodline search by following the link below.

Your local BBC radio station will also update you on conditions and any action you may need to take.

Some areas have arranged flood appeal funds and volunteering activities, and you'll find information on these here too.

Protect yourself from flooding

To protect yourself from flooding make sure you:

  • know where your gas, electricity and water mains are
  • store all electrical items as high up as possible
  • think about permanently moving sentimental items upstairs, so you do not forget to move them if a flood happens
  • keep important personal documents in a sealed bag, and in a location safe from floodwater
  • move your car to higher ground to avoid damage

Find out more about protecting yourself and your belongings from flooding, including preparing flood defences, by following the link below.

Keeping children safe during a flood

Flood waters present a serious threat to personal health and safety, and children can be particularly at risk.

Follow the link below for tips on how to keep your children safe during a flood.

Clearing up after a flood

Find out how to remove mud and water after a flood and the precautions you need to take. This includes checking electrical appliances and wearing protective clothing.

You can also find information on drying out the building, making an insurance claim and how to alter your home to protect against future flooding.

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