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Be flood prepared

You are responsible for protecting your property from the risk of flooding. Putting in place a few simple measures will help prepare you for flooding:

Maintain drains around your property

  • gullies should be kept free of fallen leaves in autumn as they can cause temporary blockages
  • regularly clean out your gutters, drains and drainage channels
  • do not pour fat down drains as this will block them

Make sure your property is fully insured

  • you may require specialised flood insurance for your property and its contents if there is a history of flooding in your neighbourhood or you are within an identified flood risk area.


Have a family or business flood plan

  • prepare a family flood kit and keep this is in a handy place (torches, first aid kit, essential medicine etc)
  • familiarise yourself with how to shut-off gas, electricity, oil-fired heating and water supplies, even in the dark
  • keep a list of useful contact numbers, including Floodline - 686100 and DoI - 850000 / 672000
  • make sure all the family know what to do and how to keep in touch if the area floods


Consider installing flood protection products

Flood barriers

Made of plastic or metal, can be installed across a doorway or window before a flood arrives.  The boards usually slide into a frame that has been pre-attached to the door or window frame to provide a watertight seal from flood waters.

Airbrick covers

A plastic cover clips to frames fitted around airbricks on exterior walls, preventing water entry via this route.

Flood skirts

This is a more advanced system of flood protection, which totally encloses the bottom 600 - 900mm (2 - 3 feet) of a property in water-resistant sheeting, sometimes to foundation level. A more expensive solution, this may be useful for detached properties that are flooded regularly for sustained periods.


These are available from your local civic amenity site and can also be purchased from DIY retailers. Bin bags filled with soil are an alternative option. These can be used to create a dam in front of doorways and, when put in a toilet bowl, can prevent sewage entering your home. After flooding they must be discarded as they may contain contaminants.

Additional preparation for a risk of flooding

Make sure you:

  • know where to turn off your electricity, water and/or gas supply
  • store valuable and sentimental items and important documents upstairs or in a high place
  • ensure your radio batteries, mobile phone and any torches you may need are fully charged
  • move pets or other livestock safely away from areas which might be flooded
  • ensure any chemical containers (e.g. oil, paint, detergents, weed killer, acid, etc.) in your shed or garage are securely sited above possible flood levels

If flooding is imminent:

  • turn off electricity, water and gas supplies
  • move vehicles to higher ground where water cannot reach the bodywork or mechanical parts
  • ensure you have a safe escape route from flood water. Even a few inches of water, especially if flowing or in waves, can sweep you off your feet. A foot or more of water can move cars around
  • alert your neighbours, especially the elderly
  • do as much preparation as possible in daylight; it is more difficult in the dark, especially if the power fails
  • remember that tidal flooding will begin to recede after high water and rainfall flooding will usually begin to recede after the rain eases off or stops falling. It is safer to stay indoors until the danger has passed


Safe driving

If you are driving in very wet weather you should take extra care to ensure your own safety as well as that of other road users.

If roads are flooded remember to:

  • slow down as there may be deep standing water which may cause your vehicle to swerve or aquaplane or break down
  • be alert for unexpected debris in the road from trees or other wind blown objects
  • slow down if you see operatives working to manage floods

In heavy rain remember to:

  •  slow down or find a safe place to pull in until the rain eases off
  •  put your headlights on and windscreen wipers on to their fastest speed
  •  use your fog lights where visibility is poor

In high winds remember to:

  •  watch out for cross winds as they can cause your vehicle to swerve
  •  avoid driving in high-sided vehicles at exposed locations as they risk being blown over


When flooding occurs

  •  contact DoI on 850000 if you require assistance due to flooding
  •  flood waters can rise quickly. If you are in danger, or you see someone else in danger, dial 999
  •  help elderly or vulnerable friends and neighbours
  •  do not walk, drive or swim through flood water for health and safety reasons
  •  if possible do not touch flood water as it may contain chemicals or sewage
  •  do not touch sources of electricity if standing in water


Further information

Ronaldsway Met Office provides a daily weather forecast

Recorded Weather Forecast, tel: 0900 624 3300

WeatherMann - speak to a Forecaster, tel: 0900 624 3200
(calls are charged at 48p per minute)  

Local radio:

  •  Manx Radio (97.2FM or 1368AM)
  •  Three FM (104 - 106FM)
  •  Energy FM (91.2 - 105.2FM)

Road closures: Find out if roads are closed due to flooding.

Further information on flood risk in your area can be found at:

Floodwatch website or;

Floodline - tel: (01624) 686100

Manx Utilities: check our website or tel: (01624) 687687

If you require assistance due to flooding please contact the Department of Infrastructure

Tel: (01624) 850000

If your life is in danger due to flooding dial 999.

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