If you fear your home is at risk, please note you don't have to use sandbags. Use instead pillow cases, refuse sacks or carrier bags and fill with garden soil.
Fill the bag and then stamp down so there are no gaps, and it will do the same job.
The important thing is that they get heavy really quickly, so don't overfill them. Then just tuck the open end under the bag. In anything other than a severe flood, a height of two sandbags is usually enough, overlapping like bricks in a wall, with a plastic sheet or bin bag laid on the ground underneath.
Other important things to note:
- Do not walk or drive through flood water
- In a flash flood most injuries - and even deaths - happen when people try to cross flood water on foot or in a vehicle.
- It only takes 15cm of fast flowing water to knock an adult over and only 60cms of water to lift and sweep away a 4 x 4 or small lorry.
- There may also be hidden dangers in the water like rubble and exposed drains.
- Plan where to go if you get caught in a flash flood
- If you are in a building with at least two storeys and believe you are safe to stay where you are then you should move to a higher floor and wait for instructions from the emergency services.
- If you are in vulnerable accommodation like a bungalow or basement without access to higher floors, or if you are outside, you should seek shelter in the nearest two-storey building or find higher ground.
- Call 999 if you are trapped.
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