Monday, 15 December 2014

City Council Warns: Be Flood Ready

A battered Morecambe seafront earlier this year. Photo: Lancaster City Council

Homes and businesses in the Lancaster district are being encouraged to plan ahead and prepare for the potential of flooding in the future.

Although flood defences have been built locally, thousands of properties in the district are at risk of flooding, and flood defences could be overtopped in very significant flood events.

Last winter was one of the wettest on record and up and down the country people found that they were not prepared for the worst the weather can bring. Rather than leave things to chance, if you think you may be at risk please collect your free ‘Be Flood Ready’ booklet from Lancaster City Council.

Making your property resilient to floodwater will limit the damage caused by flooding, which means less costly repairs and less time out of your home or business premises.

Taking steps to be prepared for flooding reduces the damage and impacts when flooding does occur.
 
The free booklet contains lots of useful advice about flood risk, flood warnings and how to prepare and protect your home or business from flooding.

Councillor Karen Leytham, Cabinet member with responsibility for health and housing, said: “It’s so important for people who live in flood risk areas to be aware of what could happen if flooding strikes.

“Being prepared for flooding and knowing what to do in an emergency will help to safeguard your family and possessions.”

• Copies are available from Lancaster and Morecambe town halls, or online at www.lancaster.gov.uk/flooding  

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