A number of factors can lead to flooding including heavy rainfall, melting snow, or extreme events such as a tidal surge.
The effects of flooding can have a devastating impact on normal daily life, as well as physical and mental health and wellbeing. However, by taking some basic precautions, residents can prepare themselves for the worst, and keep damage and disruption to a minimum.
There are different types of flood warnings which show how severe the situation is:
- Flood alert - flooding is possible, be prepared
- Flood warning - flooding is expected, immediate action is required
- Severe flood warning - there is a significant danger to life