How To Recover After A Flood
- Contact your insurance company
If you’ve been flooded, contact your insurance company and follow their advice.
- Check if you can return home
If you’ve had to leave your home, check with the emergency services that it’s safe before you return.
Your home or business may also need a safety inspection by the utility companies before you can turn the water, gas and electricity back on.
- Cleaning and repairing your home
Take advice from specialists before starting repairs to your property. Most of the repair work after flooding will need to be undertaken by professionals appointed by your insurers.
Flood water may contain harmful substances like sewage, chemicals and animal waste which could make you unwell. If you come into contact with flood water, wash your hands thoroughly.
- Find your local flood action group or flood warden
If there’s been a serious flood, your local authority may have chosen a place like the town hall as a ‘flood hub’ from which to organise recovery efforts. You may also have a nearby flood warden or flood action group.