Be prepared for more rainfall to come, warns council 

The message is to avoid risks and never drive or walk through flood water

Flooded road with stranded car

Storm Babet may have moved away, but residents and businesses are being encouraged by the county council to be ‘flood aware’ as more rain and harsh weather is forecast across Leicestershire in the coming days. 

Here's some top tips to prepare:

The council, which is local lead flood authority, is also advising locals not to take risks and to never drive or walk through flood water. If a road sign or flood boards are in place, these are there to keep residents safe and should not be moved.  

After severe weather, it is also a good idea to check on vulnerable neighbours and review your insurance policy to make sure you’re covered for flooding.  

️If you want to report a blocked or damaged gully, you can do so on the council’s website.

Councillor Ozzy O’Shea, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Flooding is devastating in both homes and for business owners and we are sorry to hear of the difficulties our residents have experienced. We are working hard to recover from the most recent weather and be prepared for what’s to come.   

“Since the end of last week, our highways’ teams have worked tirelessly and responded to more than 200 reports of flooding and closed 24 roads.  

“If people can report a flood, it will help us to make sure that support is given and gives us a greater understanding of where flooding may occur so we can work to reduce the impact.” 

If you need sandbags or assistance with housing and shelter, please contact your local district or borough council. 

Councils, emergency services and the NHS work together to help people prepare for flooding and to stay safe. Read more on our emergency flood advice.

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