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What to do in the event of a flood?


Floodwater will often be contaminated, usually by untreated sewage, spilled chemicals or dead animals.

  • Always wear protective clothing when working in or near floodwater.
  • Wash all cuts and cover them with waterproof plasters.
  • If you receive a wound during a flood you should go to a doctor and get a tetanus injection.
  • Small children, pregnant women, elderly people and those with mobility difficulties or other health problems should be kept away from floodwater.
  • If you feel unwell at any stage or if you ingest floodwater you should contact a doctor.