The UK’s 5-day flood risk levels explained

Posted by CleanSafe on 15/01/18 in Flooding

Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the UK, so, whether you’re a business owner or private resident, it’s important to make sure that you’re aware of the flood risk in your area. Flooding is something that can’t always be avoided but, at the very least, you can be prepared, minimising damage, danger and expense in the event of a flood.

Gov.uk’s 5-day flood risk forecast provides a convenient colour-coded map showing how likely a flood is in the different areas of the UK. Similar to a weather forecast, it shows the changing conditions expected over the next five days, and is regularly updated with the most recent information.

It’s a handy tool for any UK resident but is especially important if you are in a high-risk flood area. If you’re not sure whether you’re at high risk, you can check the address on Gov.uk’s long term flood risk assessment.

We’ve put together a brief outline of what the different types of flood risk are, and what action you should take.

Very Low Risk

This green risk level means that flooding is very unlikely in this area.

Keep an eye on the local weather conditions, but you should not need to take further action at this level of risk.

Low Risk

This yellow risk level means that flooding is possible in this area and that you should be aware.

You should keep an eye on local weather conditions over the next few days to assess the developing situation.

Check for local flood warnings in your area.

Monitor local traffic information and make sure that you drive according to the conditions to keep yourself and other road users safe.

Medium Risk

This orange risk level means that flooding is expected in this area and that you should be prepared.

Check the local flood warnings for the most up-to-date information in your area.

Consider postponing any travel plans. If you do need to travel, check local traffic information and drive safely according to the weather conditions.

Avoid driving or walking through flood water.

High Risk

This red risk level means that flooding presents a serious threat to life in this area and that you should take action.

You should remain alert at all times and be prepared to follow the advice and instructions of the emergency services.

Check the local flood warnings for the most up-to-date information in your area.

Cancel all non-essential travel plans and monitor local traffic information.

Exercise caution and stay safe

No matter what the level of flood risk, make sure to keep yourself and your family safe, and to always follow the guidelines that are put in place by local authorities and emergency services.

For current flood warnings, you can call the 24-hour Floodline service on 0345 988 1188.