Risk of flooding and high winds on Monday as intense low pressure is set to sweep in.
The Met Office has issued an amber alert storm warning for Monday that could lead to flooding.
The Met Office said the public in the affected area “should be prepared for the risk of falling trees as well as damage to buildings and other structures” caused by strong winds.
The winds could reach as high as 80mph, especially on exposed coasts in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, West Sussex, East Sussex and Kent, according to the BBC.
Colin Seddon from the BBC Weather Centre said it “is certainly the worst storm we’ve seen this year”. Northern England, the Midlands, southern England and Wales have also been issued with a yellow warning for rain on Monday.
Yellow alerts are the lowest level of the three warnings.
The Met Office said people in those areas should “be aware of the potential for surface water flooding” because of the rain.
With that in mind, here are some tips on how to prepare a defence against flooding if your sports or social club is in a flood risk zone:
- Sandbags: contact local builders’ merchants for stocks of bags and sand.
- Exterior walls: check the pointing, and apply water-proofing sealant to exterior walls.
- Floors: raise damp-proof brick courses. Seal floors or replace wooden floorboards with concrete with a damp-proof membrane. Be aware that water can enter where the floor and walls join.
- Air bricks: buy automatic flood-proof air bricks or specially designed covers that are easy to fit over air bricks when flooding is expected.
- Drains and pipes: fit non-return valves to drains and water inlet and outlet pipes. This will prevent wastewater from flowing back into the property through sewerage pipes for ground floor toilets and sinks.
- Landscaping: landscape garden areas and driveways to help divert water away from your property.
So, if you’re reporting a claim in the bad weather please:
- Get as much information about the damage as possible. Where is the damage? What’s the extent of the damage e.g. if damaged slates – how many?
- Where possible, get an estimate for repair which includes a full breakdown of the costs involved.
- Can you send us photographs of the damage as this will help us assess the best way to settle the claim?
For further advice about preventing claims please complete our contact form or telephone 0844 488 9204.