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Heavy rainfall in the Midlands region is causing surface water flooding. Stay aware #floodaware

Listen to and act on the advice of the emergency services and follow these simple steps: Put people before property. Move your family and pets upstairs, with a means of escape. Gather essential items (like water, blankets, a torch, first aid kit, essential medication and food) and put them out of the way of flood water to keep dry. Listen to local radio for updates or call Floodline on 0845 988 1188 . Put plugs in sinks and baths. Weigh them down with a sandbag, a pillowcase or plastic bag filled with garden soil, or a heavy object to avoid water backing up through drains into sinks and toilets. Turn off gas, electricity and water supplies when flood water is about to enter your home if safe to do so. DO NOT touch sources of electricity when standing in flood water. Flood water can rise quickly, stay calm and reassure those around you. Call 999 if you are in danger. Do you...

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