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Winter weather warning

Date : 28 December 2021

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is reminding people of the simple steps they can take to be prepared for winter weather following heavy rain, with more rain predicted over the coming days.  

It comes after crews attended a flooding incident last night (27 December 2021). We were called at 21.23 to reports of a heavily flooded roadway at Western Road, Crowborough where water was affecting properties.  

Crews remained on scene overnight, with a fire engine from Forest Row working with Highways as of 09.30.  

Flood warnings are in place for the River Uck: https://check-for-flooding.service.gov.uk/target-area/065WAF442  

Flooding prevention  

Floods can happen quickly so don't wait until it is too late to think about preparation.  

Do some research to find out: 

  • Whether your area has flooded before and if there is any specific flood advice for your area
  • How to turn off your electricity and gas supplies
  • What is covered by your insurance
  • Who you can call if you need assistance (link to useful contacts list)
  • While it's impossible to completely flood-proof a property, there are lots of things you can do to reduce the damage flooding can cause. 

This guide will tell you more, such as raising electrical sockets: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/prepare-your-property-for-flooding

If it floods 

Put your safety first. Stay alert, events can change very quickly during a flood; listen out for any warnings on the radio and the TV.  

Move people or pets upstairs or to higher ground, identify a place where you and your family can keep away from the floodwater. Read more:https://www.gov.uk/prepare-for-flooding  

Flooded roads

  • Avoid driving through floodwater - you don't know how deep it is or whether there are hidden obstacles.
  • If you have to drive through floods, drive slowly, use a low gear and try to keep the engine revving at a high rate. Move forward continuously to avoid stalling the engine. In driving an automatic vehicle engage and hold in a low gear. The deepest water is usually nearest the kerb.
  • Call for help, remove seatbelt and release any children from their seats.
  • Turn on all the lights and sound the horn to attract attention (only if this won't delay your escape).
  • If the water level is low - open the windows and stay in the car.
  • If the water level is high - escape out of the windows, sunroof or doors onto the roof of the car. Stay with the car. If the car starts to move quickly with the water flow, get off the car, stay upstream from the car, and swim vigorously to safety.
  • If the water is entering the car - escape out of the windows, sunroof or doors (breaking windows if necessary). Stay upstream from the car, and swim vigorously to safety.  
  • If you cannot escape call and signal for help. Turn on all of the lights and sound the horn.

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