Bucks Fire & Rescue issue advice to prevent flooding following the big thaw out
Following the heavy snowfall from the “Beast from the East” it is evident that some areas will be at a higher flood risk than others. There has been a total of 35 flood alerts across the UK, mostly in the south-west and north-east. Whilst there are currently no flood warnings issues in Buckinghamshire, the Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue have responded to more than 30 incidents of internal flooding across Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes on Friday afternoon. The Bucks Fire & Rescue have since issued some advice to prevent flooding caused by frozen pipes that expand and burst once they have thawed out following a severe cold spell.
Phillip Mould, Bucks Community safety manager has advised residents to locate their water stop tap and know how to turn it off, along with any electrical supply. He has also urged to assist any elderly or vulnerable neighbours in locating and turning off their stop tap in the event of a flood. By turning off your water and electricity supply, you can limit the damage that is caused to your property, as well as preventing further damage.
It has also been advised to keep your home at a warm temperature and to insulate any loft piping or external piping that is exposed to the elements or colder temperatures, to avoid pipes freezing up.
Bucks Fire & Rescue service have stressed that although flooding can be distressing and can cause some significant damage, 999 should not be called in the case of minor floods. This takes up limited time and vital resources that are unable to attend other lifesaving incidents.