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LGA - Flash floods: Councils respond

Responding to the current flash flooding across the country, LGA Environment spokesman Cllr Martin Tett says councils are working closely with emergency services to minimise disruption to residents and businesses.

"Councils up and down the country have been doing everything they can to prepare for the heavy rainfalls by launching awareness campaigns to highlight the dangers. However, the lack of warning and intensity of flash foods makes them very difficult to guard against.

"In areas that have been affected by flash flooding, councils are working closely with emergency services, such as the police and firefighters, to minimise disruption to residents and businesses and help protect communities from further flooding.

"We would advise families and households at risk of flash flooding to keep a close eye on weather reports, know how to turn off their gas, electricity and water, and have a contingency plan for moving essential items upstairs. If flash flooding hits, people should never try and walk or drive. Just 15cms of fast-flowing water will knock an adult over and 60cms will carry away a 4x4 car or small lorry."

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