After a flood

Health concerns

Floodwater may contain sewage, animal waste and other contaminants.

While floodwater presents a low risk to health, the biggest health hazard caused by a flood comes from the stress and strain of the event itself.

  • Social and psychological support after an emergency
  • Cover open cuts and wounds on exposed skin with waterproof plasters.
  • You should attend any scheduled medical appointments unless advised otherwise.
  • If you feel unwell, go to your doctor's immediately. Tell them your home was flooded.
  • If you do have any non-urgent health concerns, you can call 111.
  • You should only attend Accident and Emergency if it's a life-threatening emergency.