28 May 2018

Northamptonshire County Council is working with emergency services and other partners following last night’s flooding in Northampton.

A significant amount of unusually intense rainfall concentrated in the Far Cotton and Briar Hill areas of the town leading to surface water flooding.

It is believed that more than 70 homes have been affected. Emergency crews were on the scene last night and will continue to be in the area throughout today giving advice to households.

Northamptonshire County Council as lead local flood authority for the county will co-ordinate an independent investigation to better understand what factors contributed to the flooding.

People are reminded that if there is a danger to life in a flood situation they should contact Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue on 999 or 112.

Those affected by flooding should report it on the county council’s Report a Flood webpage, while information about clearing up after a flood and information on insurance, please visit the council’s Flood Recovery page.

Other advice for residents:

  • If using portable indoor heating appliances to dry out indoor spaces ensure good ventilation. Do not use fuel-powered appliances indoors as the exhaust gases contain carbon monoxide which can kill. Sometimes people use products that give off CO because power may be off, such as BBQs, gas heaters etc – remember there is still a risk.
  • People should remember that flooding is stressful. They should contact family and friends for support, healthcare professionals are aware mental health can suffer after flooding, so contact your GP or the National Flood Forum, experts in helping people in these situations, if you feel you need support or assistance.
  • Go to your doctors if any health issues appear, especially flu-like symptoms.