Flood advice for Sutton residents 8.1.10
Sutton Council is warning residents living in flood risk areas to be prepared and follow safety advice.
Residents, particularly those in areas at risk of flooding, are recommended to sign up for free flood alerts from the Met Office and the Environment Agency and to make sure they are ready to protect their family, friends and property.
While flooding can be rare in Sutton, the council and emergency services have extensive plans in place to respond to extreme weather events.
In the event of flooding the council and emergency services will deal with priorities first such as helping the elderly and the infirm.
While sandbags may be used to protect public buildings, the council does not have stocks of sandbags to protect individual homes and advises residents to take simple steps to make sure they are prepared. These include writing a flood plan detailing measures to prevent water from entering, deciding where to move things out of harms way and where the family and pets can go if it is necessary to leave the home.
In the event of a flood listen to local radio for updated information or call the Environment Agency Floodline number: 0845 9881188
Cllr Colin Hall said: "We work closely with the emergency services to ensure that we are equipped to deal with flooding in the borough should it occur.
"I urge all residents to make preparations for emergencies and take note of the flood safety advice provided by the environment agency.
"I also ask people to show their community spirit and check on their vulnerable neighbours to make sure they are ok and aware of any possible flood threats."
To check if your home or business is at risk of flooding visit:
Research products to protect your home or business from flooding at www.floodforum.org.uk
Last updated: Monday, 12 April 2010