Advice to tackle floods

FIRE chiefs are urging those at risk of flooding to think ahead.

With flood alerts following heavy rain over the last fortnight, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has offered advice to prevent further problems.

These include turning off electrical items if residents are at immediate risk of being flooded and be prepared for power cuts, but to avoid using candles as they pose a further risk

Moving valuables upstairs and preparing an emergency kit bag in case of evacuation were also tips offered.

In the event of flooding, residents were told to keep away from open water such as rivers, dykes and lakes. Parents were urged to know where their children are at all times.

Other advice included not to drive through flood water which is fast flowing or deeper than the profile of the tyre, and not to walk through flooded areas. Even shallow water moving fast can sweep people off their feet and there may be hidden dangers such as open drains, damaged road surfaces, submerged debris or deep channels which can cause serious injuries or even death

Visit www.metoffice.gov.uk and the Environment Agency’s website www.environment-agency.gov.uk for the latest forecast.