Laura Sharman 23 November 2016

Councils warn people to prepare for impact of flash flooding

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Council leaders have issued advice on how to prepare for flash flooding, as Storm Angus continues to hit parts of the country.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned it only takes 15cms of fast-flowing water to knock an adult over and 60cms to sweep away a 4x4 car. People have been advised to know how to turn off gas, electricity and water, and having a plan in place for moving to safety quickly.

The LGA has previously called for flood defence funding to be devolved to councils, and for mandatory anti-flood requirements for new homes.

Cllr Martin Tett, environment spokesman for the LGA, 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.’

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