The Environment Agency (EA) has launched this year’s Flood Action Campaign during Flood Action Week which ran from 22 – 28 November. The campaign is based on the EA’s ‘Prepare. Act. Survive.’ flood guide which helps people in flood risk areas to know what to do in a flood and plan to help reduce the impact of flooding.
There are several areas of Southend that are at perenial risk of flooding – this map shows where:
.. as noted on the page above, they have taken a single point within a Southend-on-Sea postcode using ‘Open Postcode Geo’ and identified the flood risk area which that point falls within. There may be other points within the postcode which fall into a different area, and hence have a different risk level.
There are a number of actions you can take in advance to protect yourself and lessen the impact of flood damage to your property. First, understand the three levels of flood warning issued by the government.
- Flood alert – Prepare
- Flood warning – Act
- Severe flood warning – Survive
In many flood risk areas, including Southend, you can sign up for flood risk warnings. Follow this link to the government website to register for local alerts. https://www.gov.uk/sign-up-for-flood-warnings
It is also advisable to have a personal flood plan written in advance. The EA has a useful template you can download to help you get prepared.
If you do find yourself in need of help after your property has been flooded, call the Pace office as soon as possible. You can also visit the National Flood Forum or call 01299 403055 for help in finding local support.