Public Health England has issued advice to homes at risk of flooding. The 14 page document answers practical questions, with an emphasis on health and well-being.
Many schools and hospitals are currently closed as Storm Desmond brings wind, rain and flooding to areas of northern England.
How does this compare to the floods around London in recent years?
At present the rainfall of 2007 caused the worst floods since UK records began. The 2009 and 2014 bursting of the Thames Valley were comparatively less severe than the Cumbrian floods of 2015.
What does the government advise in the event of a flood?
The infographic below summarises the advice from Public Health England offered to people believed to be at risk of flooding.
The overwhelming findings by Public Health England suggest that the most of the long-term health effects of floods stem from the mental health pressures they place on families effected. The recommend a high level of planning by those at risk to minimise stress during floods.