Protect your home from floods

Published: Wednesday 27th October 10

As part of National Flood Awareness Week the council is urging people to do all they can to protect their homes.

As part of National Flood Awareness Week the council is urging people to do all they can to protect their homes.

The week marks the tenth anniversary of the devastating autumn floods of 2000 when almost 10,000 homes were flooded and 11,000 people forced to evacuate their homes.

More flooding in July 2007 saw more than 55,000 homes and businesses affected up and down the country, many as a result of overwhelmed drains and sewers. Later that month a very heavy downpour caused flooding in parts of Balham, Tooting and Wandsworth town centre.

Executive member for environment and culture, Cllr Sarah McDermott, said: "Floods can cause devastating damage to people's homes. It's vital that everyone finds out if they in a high risk area and, if they are, that they take action."

The Environment Agency's Floodline alert service will tell you if your home is in a high risk area.

The National Flood Forum also provides support and advice. Visit www.floodforum.org.uk

The council's emergency planning team can also give advice. Visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/flood


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