Two flood alerts and two flood warnings issued for the River Severn.
The warning reads: “Please take action to protect yourself and your property and monitor local weather and river conditions”. “Flooding is expected – act now”. River levels at Shrewsbury are high today – 3.26 metres at the Welsh Bridge which is higher than the top of the normal range (3.15m).
What to do if you get a flood warning
A flood warning means you need to act: flooding is expected. You should still complete all actions for a flood alert, but also:
1. Move vehicles to higher ground if you can
2. Move family and pets to safety
3. Move important items upstairs or to a safe place in your property, starting with cherished items and valuables, then furniture and furnishings
4. Turn off gas, electricity and water supplies if it’s safe to do so; never touch an electrical switch if you’re standing in water
5. If you have property protection products such as flood barriers, or air brick covers, use them now
6. Keep track of the latest flood risk situation
What to do if you get a severe flood warning
A severe flood warning means there is danger to life: you must act now.
1. Call 999 if you’re in immediate danger
2. Follow advice from the emergency services
3. Make sure you have an emergency kit including a torch, spare batteries, mobile phone and charger, warm clothes, important numbers like your home insurance, water, food, first aid kit and any medicines and babycare items you may need
4. Alert neighbours and offer help if it’s safe to
5. Avoid driving or walking through flood water: just 30cm (1 foot) of fast flowing water could move your car and even shallow moving water can knock you off your feet
6. Keep your family and pets away from floodwater – it may contain heavy debris, sharp objects, open manhole covers, sewage and chemicals
7. Wash your hands if you’ve been in contact with flood water which may contain toxic substances
You can stay up to date by signing up for local flood alerts here https://www.gov.uk/sign-up-for-flood-warnings
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