The severe wet weather and the havoc caused by Storm Bella have led to massive online interest in FloodSax alternative sandbags over Christmas … and this looks set to continue into the New Year celebrations.
The FloodSax website (www.floodsax.co.uk) had 161 visitors on Christmas Day and a further 421 on Boxing Day with many then seeking to buy FloodSax from builders merchants Travis Perkins (https://www.travisperkins.co.uk/branch-locator?q=kt12) or FloodSax Direct (http://www.floodsaxdirect.com/).
FloodSax managing director Richard Bailey said: “The interest in FloodSax over Christmas has been unprecedented and we now have a 24-hour phone line operating on 01484 641009 such is the demand. If you need alternative sandbags before New Year we will do all we possibly can to get them to you.
“Fortunately new stock has just arrived which means we now have 60,000 FloodSax all boxed and ready to help people, businesses, local councils and flood action groups across the UK to protect themselves and their communities.”
The weather is all set to continue to be incredibly wet during January and February 2021 (http://www.floodsax.co.uk/news/a-very-wet-start-to-2021-has-already-sparked-flood-warnings-from-weather-experts/).
The UK has been well and truly battered in recent days with severe flooding reported nationwide from Scotland down to Brighton on the south coast. At one point the Met Office issued 112 flood warnings across a swathe of land from Cornwall to Kent.
The storm forced people living next to the River Great Ouse in Bedfordshire to evacuate their homes on Christmas Day when floodwater rose to dangerous levels.
In Cirencester, Gloucestershire, council officials ordered the distribution of sandbags as heavy rain caused flooding … but councils have no responsibility to do this which can often catch people out, leaving them unprepared for flooding.
The Environment Agency’s executive director of operations, John Curtin, is urging people to check if they are at risk of flooding and, if so, prepare for it now.
“Groundwater levels are slightly above normal and there is not much capacity in the soil to take more rain,” he said. “We have done a lot of preparedness, a lot of testing to make sure we can still respond this winter under Covid conditions, but it’s really important that people prepare their own flood risk.”
To find your flood risk go to https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings
Some councils recommend FloodSax alternative sandbag flood barriers for flood protection which are a flexible alternative to traditional sandbags as they are space-saving to store and quick and easy to deploy.
When FloodSax come into contact with water they absorb 20 litres which transforms them from being as light as a pillowcase to being more effective than traditional sandbags in just three minutes.
More than 2.5 million have now been sold worldwide.
To buy FloodSax go to http://www.floodsax.co.uk/buy/uk-suppliers/