We’re sure many of you have heard the news of flooding causing problems for people in certain parts of the UK. We’re also sure that we can help ease your pain (or hopefully prevent it).

Some parts of the UK are seeing flooding due to rain and quickly thawing ice and snow and as nearly 50 flood warnings and around 200 alerts are in place across Britain, it’s no wonder that many ‘at risk’ homeowners are worried. The good news is that we’re here to help.

If you believe that your property is susceptible to flooding then make sure that you keep up to date with all warnings and alerts that concern your area. The Environment Agency offers a helpful region based live flood warning map that should help you plan for the worst and avoid damage to your property.

If you want to know how you can prepare for flooding then take a look at this useful personal flood plan . This will help you compile a list of general contacts to call in the event of a flood affecting your property and will also allow you to lay out a list of counter-flood actions.

In the unfortunate event that your property has been flooded you should arrange emergency repairs to prevent damage getting worse, keep hold of damaged items as they may be repairable and contact your insurer as soon as possible regarding all of these things. If you have to leave your home then this advice from the Association of British Insurers (ABI) could help:

  • Consider what valuables and essential items you may be able to take with you;
  • Lock your doors and windows if possible;
  • Inform family and neighbours of your plans and how to contact you;
  • Take emergency contact details with you including mobile phone numbers and email addresses if possible. Your insurer will need this information so they can keep in contact with you;
  • Only return to your home after a flood when it is safe to do so.