Every day there are more reports of flooding in Berkshire. The River Thames has burst its banks in places and the water table is so high that falling rain has nowhere to go, adding further to the Berkshire flood chaos.
There are now more than 14 flood warnings in Berkshire and Surrey along the banks of the Thames with more properties at risk of flooding. In places such as Walton-on-Thames the water is rising by up to several feet a day according to local reports.
This unprecedented rainfall has led to substantial confusion around the country and the floods are impacting residents and businesses in Berkshire and Surrey. In January this year the UK saw 135% of the usual January rainfall and in just two days in February there was a deluge of rain that equalled the average volume of rainfall for the whole of February.
With still more rain expected to fall we want to help out in any way we can so the team at Space Station are offering FREE STORAGE TO BERKSHIRE FLOOD VICTIMS that need move out of your property. Give us a call to find out more about how we can help you out.
If your home is at risk of flooding
1) Keep Yourself Safe
• Gather as much drinking water as you can. Once an area is flooded water sources can often be unsafe for consumption. Fill saucepans, jugs, kettles and bottles with water.
• Prepare a flood kit.
2) Protect your belongings from flood water
• Collate your important documents and store them high up where it is unlikely that water will reach.
• Raise large items of furniture wherever possible. Stand chairs and electrical items on worktops and tables, or if possible store as much upstairs as you can.
3) Prepare your property for flooding
• Switch off water, gas and electricity at mains when water is about to enter your home.
MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT TOUCH ELECTRICS WHILST STANDING IN WATER!!!
• If you can get hold of flood protection products do so and fit them according to the instructions.
• Put plugs in sinks and baths and use a bag or pillowcase filled with sand or soil to weigh them down. Fit bungs to downstairs toilets and bung any water inlets without non-returnable valves to minimise damage from water coming up from the waste pipes.
• Disconnect any white goods that use water such as washing machines and dishwashers.
• Stay out of floodwater.
• Wash your hands thoroughly if you touch floodwater - it may be contaminated.
• Move people and pets upstairs or to a higher place with means of escape.
• Remain calm.
If your home floods what you should take when you evacuate
If you are told to evacuate follow the advice of the emergency services. You will be taken to a central facility where you will be given food and somewhere to sleep.
- Take clothing, medicines and baby care items with you.
- Take your pets in a secure pet carrier.
- Tell someone if you choose to stay with a friend or relative instead of at the Council-run facility.
If you are worried about flooding you can create a personal flood plan on the environment agency website to store details of everything you need and all contacts in case you should them in a hurry.
To find out if your home is at risk of flooding visit the Environment agency’s website.