Published: 26/11/2012 16:56 - Updated: 14/02/2013 11:05

Flood warnings and advice for Milton Keynes residents

Written byANNA MAUREMOOTOO

HEAVY rainfall across Milton Keynes this weekend has resulted in flood warnings being issued by the Environment Agency.

Flood warnings are in place in Newport Pagnell for areas around Rivers Estate and areas along the River Great Ouse near to North Bridge and Woad Farm with levels in the River Ouzel remaining high.

Properties in Midland Road and Carey Way, Bridge Street, Church Street, Clay Pit Lane, Wagstaff Way and Pebody Place and Clifton Road in Newton Blossomville have also been placed under flood warnings because river levels are rising at Olney on the Great Ouse following the weekends rainfall. Further rain is expected today and river levels will remain high.

Residents in these areas should take action because flooding is expected.

On Wednesday crews from Newport Pagnell, Olney and Broughton were called out to reports of two motorists stuck in Mill Road, Stoke Goldington, although there were no stranded vehicles when they arrived.

With the possibility of more rain firefighters are reminding people of precautions they can take in their homes and on the roads.

In flooding situations, Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service attends emergency incidents where there is risk to life or a risk of fire.

However, there is often little firefighters can do once any rescues have been carried out. For example, when a building is flooded and floodwater is still high outside, water will come straight back in or could cause a problem for a neighbour if it is pumped out.

Advice from Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

•Fill sandbags about two thirds full and position them, remembering to block air-bricks and other low-level openings

•Move valuable items and food upstairs

•Have spare clothing, waterproofs, wellingtons, torches, batteries, radio and food easily accessible. Electricity and gas supplies may be cut off

•Store some drinking water in bottles in case the public supply becomes contaminated by floodwater or sewage

•Check that neighbours know about any flood warnings that have been issued, especially if they are elderly, sick or disabled

•Keep up-to-date by listening to your local radio station for news bulletins, or dial the Floodline number 0845 988 1188. Click here for useful sources of information.

•Block doors (with floodboards if available) and airvents with plastic sheeting and sandbags

•Bring pets indoors and provide a litter tray

•Prepare to turn off gas, electricity and water supplies

•Keep your list of useful numbers to hand

•Think about your car. Where could you move it to in the event of a flood warning?

•Think about medication. In the event of a flood, you’ll still need to take it

If your home is flooded

•Move all portable, prized possessions such as photographs and valuables upstairs in plastic bags or on top of heavy furniture. If you are infirm or elderly, ask for help from friends or neighbours

•Gather important documents such as insurance policies, bank account papers, birth and marriage certificates, passports, rent book, vet certificates and driving licence and keep them safe and available in case you are evacuated

•Move food upstairs

•Pack a selection of warm, dry clothing and other essentials such as medication and spectacles

•Move external items such as dustbins and garden furniture to safer locations

•Move your car to higher ground if you do not intend to evacuate your property

•If you have left it too late, pillowcases filled with soil can be used as makeshift sandbags

•If flooding is likely and you are using sandbags or other means to protect your property, remember to protect airbricks also

•Place plugs into sinks and basins and weigh them down to prevent surcharge into the sink

•Lower toilet lids and place weights on them also

•Raise heavy electrical items such as fridges, freezers, washing machines on bricks

•Roll up carpets and rugs if possible and move them upstairs. Curtains should also be removed if necessary

•Furniture that is too heavy to carry upstairs should be moved away from walls as this will speed up drying times if flooded

•Disconnect washing machines and dishwashers to prevent backflow

•Turn off gas, electricity and water at the mains

•Stay in your home if you can - move upstairs unless clearly unsafe to do so

If you have to leave your home

•Turn off gas, electricity and water

•Try to take: Warm clothing, footwear and blankets; essential medicines; torch and batteries; baby food/nappies if needed; pets, which should be on leads or in baskets or carriers

•Leave a message locally so that you can be contacted

Driving

•Don’t ignore or remove flood warning, diversion or road closure signs.

•Don’t attempt to drive through water that is more than a few inches deep. Floodwater is often deeper than it looks and may be moving quite fast. Your vehicle may be swept away or become stranded.

•Drive slowly in first gear, but keep the engine speed high by slipping the clutch - this will stop you from stalling.

•Avoid the deepest water, usually near the kerb.

•Test your brakes when you are through the flood before you drive at normal speed.

•Try to avoid car journeys during the worst of the weather. Take great care when driving at night in areas that you know have flooded on previous occasions.

•Always check local traffic reports to see if the route is clear before you make the journey.

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