Advice after flood risk alert
WOULD you know what to do if your home or business was flooded?
After all the rain we’ve had of late it might be worth finding out.
Severe weather warnings for rain and wind were issued for large parts of South Wales this week.
And the latest warning comes just three weeks after Storm Callum battered Wales, leaving properties and businesses flooded.
In Swansea, the council has named the lower Swansea Valley as a flood risk area, due to the nearby River Tawe, Nanty-fendrod and Nant Bran.
These are the places described as being at high risk of flooding: ■ Swansea Vale ■ Riverside Caravan Park ■ Swansea Park ■ Beaufort Industrial Estate ■ Plasmarl Industrial Estate
Swansea Council has released an emergency plan which features a guide to follow and useful contact numbers.
The guide also has a section which allows people to list members of their household, family and friends that they might need to get in touch with.
And it features several emergency checklists for people to ensure they don’t miss anything.
It states emergencies can affect anybody with Enterprise little or no notice. Being prepared can help reduce the effects on people’s lives, reduce the need for support from others and enable people to support vulnerable members of their street and community.
If you are involved in an incident and believe you may be in danger, always dial 999 and request the appropriate emergency assistance, according to the guide.
If, however, you are not in danger but might be affected indirectly, you might be advised to go into a safe building, stay there until you are advised to do otherwise and tune in to local TV or radio for more information.
It is recommended that you have an emergency bag available in case of emergency evacuation or being stranded in your home.
It would be useful if the bag contained the following items: mobile phone and charger, medicines and prescriptions, toiletries, identity documents, first aid kit, radio, torch, spare batteries, notebook, pen/pencil, copies of car and home insurance documents, change of clothes, blankets, baby food and accessories, children’s toys, bottled water, nonperishable food, spare house keys, money, glasses/contact lenses, and pet food.
Lastly, if you have to evacuate your home, you are reminded to turn off the gas, electricity, water, heating and oil.
The swollen River Tawe during strom Callum.