Flooding and farming
What to do after a flood
If your property has been affected by the flood water you will want to get things back to normal as soon as possible. Here is some advice on protecting yourself and speeding up the recovery process.
Cleaning and Drying Out Your Property
- Contact the Fire Brigade if your property requires pumping out. While the water is rising, your property will not be pumped out.
- Contact the Utility Companies to check the supply is safe. With regard to electricity, assume that cables are live and switch off at the mains. Contact an approved contractor for further advice.
- If you smell gas on re-entering your property contact the gas company immediately.
Dead farm animals should be disposed of by the farmer in accordance with normal practice. Dead animals on the highway or on public land should be reported to the local authorities.
How to Protect Yourself
- Avoid direct contact with sediment, sludge and debris.
- Wear waterproof hardwearing protective gloves and sturdy footwear.
- Before starting work, cover all cuts and existing wounds, however small, with a sterile waterproof dressing. Any new injuries or cuts should be washed in clean running water immediately and the wound covered with a sterile waterproof dressing.
- Cover long hair to avoid contact with contaminated sediment.
- Do not eat, drink or smoke whilst cleaning out and avoid touching your face unless you have washed your hands and face thoroughly with soap and clean water. Dry with a clean towel.
- Only drink from clean containers.
- If you become wet or cold, get clean, dry and warm as soon as possible. Have a hot drink before you start work again
- Wash all gloves, tools and clothing thoroughly after use.
- Consult your doctor in the event of flu-like illness or fever, particularly where associated with severe headache and skin problems.
More tips on cleaning up after a flood can be found in the 'After flooding' section of this website.