LGA issues flash flood warning

The Local Government Association (LGA) has issued a warning to home owners and local businesses to be aware of the risks of flash flooding over summer.

Councils have launched awareness campaigns nationwide to highlight the dangers of flash flooding and are working in tandem with police and other emergency services to mitigate the impact of potential floods.

The warnings follow an incident in Cheshire earlier this month, and the LGA suggests that volatile summer weather could lead to a spike in flash floods.

The LGA has advised people to regularly check forecast, as well as develop a contingency plan for moving essential items.

It has also called on the government to introduce mandatory flood defence requirements for new homes and buildings, such as raised electrical sockets, fuse boxes, controls and wiring above floor level; ventilation brick covers; sealed floors; and raised damp-proof courses.

Peter Box, LGA environment spokesman, said: "Flash floods can bring devastation to communities within a matter of minutes, causing enormous disruption to families and businesses.

"Councils up and down the country have been doing everything they can to prepare for heavy rainfalls this week by launching awareness campaigns to highlight the dangers.

"They are also working closely with emergency services, such as the police and firefighters, to minimise disruption to residents and businesses and help protect communities.

"We would advise families and households at risk of flash flooding to keep a close eye on weather reports, know how to turn off their gas, electricity and water and have a contingency plan for moving essential items upstairs. If flash flooding hits people should never try and walk or drive. Just 15cms of fast-flowing water will knock an adult over and 60cms will carry away a 4x4 car or small lorry."