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Midlands flooding: Advice on what to do if it happens

Flash floods are expected in the Midlands this weekend Photo: Simon Cooper/PA Wire

The Midlands is bracing itself for more flooding chaos after forecasters predicted worsening weather conditions this weekend.

To get the latest on flood alerts across the region see the Environment Agency website.

What to do in the event of a flood

The Environment Agency says you should be prepared to act quickly and get yourself to safety in a flooding emergency, to put the safety of people first and listen to advice from the Police and the Emergency Services.

The Agency urges people to take the following precautions in the event of a flooding emergency:

  • Tune into your local radio station on a battery or wind-up radio.
  • Switch off your electricity / gas supplies.
  • If you have a flood plan, put it into action.
  • Move important items to safety.
  • If there is time, fit any flood protection products you might have such as flood boards, airbrick covers, sandbags or alternative barriers, toilet bungs (only needed for downstairs toilets) and any other flood product. If you require sandbags in an emergency you should contact your local authority. You can buy bags and sand from DIY stores and local builders merchants if you wish to prepare.

What is localised flooding?

Also known as 'surface water flooding'. This usually happens where drainage systems are unable to cope with heavy spells of rainfall. The Environment Agency cannot give you a direct warning for this type of flooding.

Instead they forecast where it might be a problem in certain counties and put a daily flood risk forecast on the Environment Agency website.

You can also find out about the possibility of 'surface water' flooding in your area by checking local weather forecasts.

What does a flood alert mean?

Flooding is possible. Be prepared.

When is it used

Two hours to two days in advance of flooding.

What to do

Be prepared to act on your flood plan.

Prepare a flood kit of essential items.

Monitor local water levels and the flood forecast on our website.

What does a flood warning mean?

Flooding is expected. Immediate action required.

When is it used

Half an hour to one day in advance of flooding.

What to do

Move family, pets and valuables to a safe place.

Turn off gas, electricity and water supplies if safe to do so.

Put flood protection equipment in place.