York was established as a major settlement during Roman times. The rivers Ouse and Foss which run through this area are prone to flooding and York has suffered its share of flooding in the past. In particular, November 2000 saw very severe flooding with around 300 homes being affected. Floods are not just inconvenient and damaging to property, they can also be dangerous. Accident claims in York could arise if people have been injured in floods and the injuries were not their own fault.
If you have been affected in this way then you can get a lot more information from a law firm like Accident Advice Helpline. They have over a decade of experience helping people with accident claims in York, and all across the UK. This is probably why they are endorsed by the TV consumer champion Esther Rantzen. There are some basic do and don’t rules that can help to keep you safe during a flood in York and that will help to prevent accident claims York cases from being pursued.
Accident claims in York flood cases – some essential dos and don’ts
- Do not enter flowing water that is over 15 cms (6 inches) in depth – it could knock you over. Remember that children and the elderly are more likely to be knocked over and less likely to be able to pick themselves up again.
- Don’t forget that flood water is dirty and therefore you are unlikely to be able to assess accurately how deep it is. If you can’t see or know how deep it is, then it is not safe to walk through it.
- Do bear in mind that two feet of water is enough to float a car and so take extreme care when driving in flood water.
- Don’t assume that the ground is even under flood water. Flooding can lift manhole covers leaving deep drains uncovered and in a dangerous condition.
- Don’t walk on river defences during a flood. River levels can rise very rapidly and in some cases river defences can give way.
- Do watch out for additional hazards such as low hanging power lines and fallen trees which can be just as dangerous as the flood water itself.
- Do not let children play in flood water – it may seem exciting but it is potentially very dangerous.
- Do wash your hands thoroughly after being in contact with flood water as it is likely to contain raw sewage.
- Do remember that if you are an employer then you have a duty to protect the health and safety of your employees and this includes during a flood. You should have procedures in place which will keep everyone safe and prevent you from being involved in accident claims in York flood cases.
- Do not forget that if you are in control of a public area you are responsible for checking that it is safe after a flood. This will ensure that accident claims in York cases are not taken out against you if someone is injured in an accident that is not their fault.
Date Published: 9th June 2013
Author: Sharon Parry