Flooding advice from fire brigade
Following recent heavy downpours, which saw roads and homes flooded in northwest and southwest London, London Fire Brigade’s 999 Control Officers took more than 1,000 calls.
Firefighters attended hundreds of incidents after flood water affected areas such as Kingston, Redbridge, and Leytonstone, in what was the capital’s second bout of widespread flooding in a month. The calls included rescuing people stranded in cars, basement floodings and reports of ceilings collapsing.
Advice from LFB includes:
- Familiarising with what to do to prepare and how to respond if affected by flooding.
- Pay attention to weather alerts and prepare a flood kit or grab bag.
- Use sandbags to limit water flow and move belongings to a higher level.
- Take extra care due to an increased risk of carbon monoxide poisoning from generators used to dry out buildings. Never run a petrol or diesel-powered generator indoors and be aware of the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Click here for further advice and guidance on cleaning and sanitising after a flood.
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