Over 100,000 homes in West Sussex are at risk from flooding this year. West Sussex County Council launches the Flood Push Campaign next month to prompt residents to prepare.
In West Sussex the risk of flooding may come from rivers, coastal water, surface water and water hidden in the ground.
Due to climate change the risk of flooding will increase as sea levels rise, winter rainfall increases and flash storms become more frequent.
This means more people will be at risk more often.
Flood protection measures are in place in many areas across the county, however the risk of flooding cannot be completely eliminated, nor can flood damage be entirely prevented.
West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, Pieter Montyn, said: “Floods turn lives upside down, which is unfortunately what happened to people in parts of West Sussex last summer.
“Flooding is a complex and unpredictable problem, so residents must prepare themselves and their homes against the threat of it happening.
“Acting now can save you a lot of heartache in the long run.”
There are three key steps to help residents protect their property and improve their personal safety:
- Check you are at risk of flooding;
- Sign up for flood warnings; and
- Take action.
If you live in an area at risk of flooding, act now and plan what you would do in a flood.
Flooding can happen quickly so preparing in advance can reduce the damage and disruption flooding can cause.
Find out if you are in a flood risk area by visiting the flood pages on the Environment Agency website.
For more information visit the Flooding page or follow @WSCCNews on Twitter – #floodaware.